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Jeffrey Dahmer real polaroid photo TikTok challenge leaves internet horrified 

Evan Peters as Jeffrey Dahmer and the real Jeffrey Dahmer (image via Getty Images)
Evan Peters as Jeffrey Dahmer and the real Jeffrey Dahmer (image via Getty Images)

The release of Netflix's new series based on serial killer Jeffrey Dahmer's life and crimes has inspired a horrendous TikTok challenge. As it is, the show has received backlash for being too graphic and insensitive to the families of the victims.

Trigger Warning: The following article contains topics that may be disturbing to some readers. Discretion is advised.

Dahmer was active from 1978 to 1991, during which he strangled and dismembered 17 men and boys. After his capture in 1991, police found at least 80 horrific photos of his victims—some even depicting necrophilia.

Mugshot of Jeffrey Dahmer in Milwaukee county (image via Getty Images)
Mugshot of Jeffrey Dahmer in Milwaukee county (image via Getty Images)

Dahmer - Monster: The Jeffrey Dahmer Story has stirred controversy since its release on Netflix on September 21, 2022. The series depicts the police finding the polaroids of the victims, some of which showed the murderer engaging in lewd acts with his dead victims while others were of corpses - naked, dismembered, and posed.


Jeffrey Dahmer Polaroid Challenge on TikTok horrifies netizens

While most stray away from such morbid topics, TikTok users have started a trend called the Jeffrey Dahmer Polaroid Challenge. The challenge involves users searching for the crime scene photos and reacting to them. At the time of writing, the search term has amassed over 530 million views.

Although the app has already removed some of the more graphic videos associated with this challenge, the reaction videos are still trending under the same tag, with over 3.4 billion views on the platform.

Many users have participated in this trend, but others are outright disgusted by it. One user tweeted that nobody should be "bragging" about their desensitivity to the horrid images.

idk why people are bragging about not feeling sick after watching the jeffrey dahmer film or seeing the real polaroids. like you should feel sick? theyre real people w real families like? be quirky about something else

Some users fell prey to the trend but instantly regretted it, warning others not to search for the images.

Do NOT Google Jeffrey Dahmers Polaroids, i saw one and i COULDNT.

Another tweet echoed the regret:

Curiosity always gets the best of me - don’t Google Jeffrey Dahmers Polaroids 🥲🥲🥲 #DahmerNetflix

The casting of well-known actors to play notorious serial killers in retellings is nothing new. Movie studios and broadcast networks are well aware that star power can attract viewers to their projects.

While Zac Efron played Ted Bundy in Extremely Wicked, Shockingly Evil and Vile, Evan Peters of X-Men and ex-Disney star Ross Lynch have starred as Dahmer in different depictions of his story. This incited some confusing reactions, with some calling these characters "hot." A tweet addressed the same.

Y’all want to glorify serial killers like Jeffrey dahmer and Ted bundy because “their hot” THEY LITERALLY HAD FAN MAIL. Do yourself a favor and look at the real Polaroids they found in Jeffrey Dahmers apartment. He ripped out a whole RIB CAGE out of a man and posed him🥴

Numerous social media users have expressed their displeasure with the trend.

Am I the only one who is against that Jeffrey Dahmer challenge on TikTok? It's really not cool and not funny 😬
@EllieEdillor there's a challenge for it? 😳😫
Just saw the Jeffrey Dahmer polaroids https://t.co/Np2Z1RV5xv
@GhostieMyers For the sake of my mental health I'm not opening them again, still trying to get over it😨
i just saw jeffrey dahmer’s real polaroid pictures… and when i tell you I AM TRAUMATIZED

The show is a limited series created by Ryan Murphy of American Horror Story fame and stars Evan Peters, Richard Jenkins, Molly Ringwald, and Neicy Nash. It has already broken records by becoming Netflix's biggest debut, beating even Squid Games. The series is available to watch on the streaming platform.

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Edited by Babylona Bora
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