No, you can't buy Jeffrey Dahmer costumes on eBay, but it's not because of eBay's violence and violent criminals policy, according to an eBay spokesperson.. The items have long been prohibited under
The policy prohibits "listings that promote or glorify violence or violent acts, or are associated with individuals who are notorious for committing violent acts," according to the company's site.
Costumes inspired by the serial killer reportedly surged on the platform following the release of the Netflix limited series Dahmer - Monster: The Jeffrey Dahmer Story. These kinds of items are banned on eBay and are being removed, the spokesperson said.
Netflix in September released Monster, starring American Horror Story actor Evan Peters as the titular character. While calls to "not romanticize Jeffrey Dahmer," but instead to remember the victims. The show also came under fire because Netflix originally put Dahmer in its LGBTQ category. Attention has recently turned to Dahmer costumes., it's , with
Gymnast Simone Biles said on Tuesday in a tweet "I'm just gon go head and say it, put the jeffrey dahmer costumes back in the closet. we ain't having it!!!!!!"
Shirley Hughes, mother of Tony Hughes, one of the men Dahmer murdered, spoke to TMZ about Halloween costumes in an article published Sunday. She said "Dahmer was pure evil and [she] doesn't understand how the folks who choose to dress like him can sleep at night," according to TMZ.
TMZ also reports she said "if Netflix hadn't streamed the show, none of the families would be re-victimized ... and then there'd be no Dahmer costumes this year."
In the same report, TMZ said that "most big retail stores have opted out of selling JD costumes given all the outrage, but many folks have flocked to online stores, such as eBay, to sell Jeffrey Dahmer costume props ... including blonde wigs, retro-style tops and even the wire-rimmed glasses."
Dahmer murdered and dismembered 17 men and boys between 1978 and 1991. He died in prison in 1994.
A search on eBay for "Jeffrey Dahmer costume" on Thursday yielded just one result, a pair of glasses that resemble Dahmer's. Buzzfeed News reported that items posted on eBay have also included an orange jumpsuit and a mask clearly inspired by Peters' look in the Netflix series.