Netflix’s “Dahmer” is the Real Netflix Killer

Jeffrey Dahmer is way more popular on Netflix than on eBay, which bans killer costume rentals for adults.

We’ve all heard the expression “Be careful what you wish for.” On the Internet, it’s a lot easier to wish for a violent serial killer than it is to actually get one.

That’s why Netflix (NSDQ:NFLX) is in the center of a controversy after the streaming service quietly canceled an original series entitled “Dahmer,” which was canceled by CBS last April after being deemed “too controversial” by the network’s president and chief operating officer. (CBS won’t be releasing its final episode until Tuesday.) After viewing Netflix’s decision, fans have taken to various social media platforms to share their thoughts on the popular series, which has grossed more than $700 million, with roughly 16 million views, according to estimates.

“Dahmer” is a docuseries about the now-deceased OJ Simpson, who was accused of murdering his ex-wife, Nicole Brown Simpson, in 1994. His gruesome, if not entirely true, trial, which inspired the 1989 hit movie “The People v. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story,” is one of the longest and most notorious American trials in living memory. And while the series was not supposed to be groundbreaking, it caught on with a lot of die-hard fans who didn’t mind watching a docudrama about a real-life murderer.

The show is, however, “not edgy. It’s just kind of creepy,” Jeff Bussgang of The Bay View Group, a local TV enthusiast for more than 20 years, told Business Insider.

It’s not the sort of show Netflix typically makes.

“Dahmer” is “the real Netflix killer,” says Peter Nukulis, a longtime Netflix spokesperson.

“When we created the network, I don’t think anyone ever in their wildest dreams thought we would have an original series. And yet, in terms of streaming content, we had it. “


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