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Katy Perry song slammed over ‘disrespectful’ Jeffrey Dahmer lyrics

Emily Brown

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Katy Perry song slammed over ‘disrespectful’ Jeffrey Dahmer lyrics

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Music fans are criticising the lyrics of a Katy Perry song relating to Jeffrey Dahmer after a new Netflix series put the serial killer's horrendous crimes in the spotlight.

The multiple murders committed by Dahmer were made public following his arrest in 1990, but as time went on and new generations were brought into the world, more and more people became unfamiliar with the details of his crimes.

That largely remained the case as Katy Perry rose to fame and released her numerous hit tracks, but one song in particular has caught people's attention following the release of Monster: The Jeffrey Dahmer Story on Netflix.



Starring Evan Peters, the chilling series takes a closer look at Dahmer's crimes and how he managed to get away with killing over the course of 13 years. The murderer was found with body parts in his apartment, with evidence found to suggest he had even eaten some of his victims.

With that being said, cast your mind over the lyrics to Perry's song 'Dark Horse'. Specifically, the line sung by Juicy J which reads: "She's a beast/ I call her Karma/ She eats your heart like Jeffrey Dahmer."

The track was released in 2013 and did cause some controversy over the following years, but it's become a hot topic of conversation again recently thanks to the release of Netflix's series.

Criticising the lyric, one person wrote: "Katy Perry should catch some heat for using the lyric, 'She eat your heart out like Jeffrey Dahmer'. The level of disrespect to the victims and their families."


Another comment reads: "knowing the depths of what jeffrey dahmer did….juicy j wrong for what he said in that katy perry song."

Other internet users have pointed out Perry isn't the only singer to have given a shoutout to Dahmer in a song, with some pointing to Kesha's song 'Cannibal' for the same reason.


In Kesha's track, which was released in 2010, a line reads: "Be too sweet and you'll be a goner / Yeah, I'll pull a Jeffrey Dahmer."

Many people are baffled the singers were able to 'get away' with using the killer in their lyrics, though others are questioning why the criticism is only coming now, years after the songs were initially released.

Netflix's Dahmer series has evidently succeeded in raising awareness for Dahmer's crimes, and while it might not be to the benefit of Perry, Juicy J or Kesha, it does a good job of raising awareness for the victims and the issues that delayed Dahmer's arrest.

Tyla has reached out to representatives for Perry, Juicy J and Kesha for comment.

Topics: Katy Perry, Music, Celebrity, TV And Film, Netflix

Emily Brown
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