Wait, those songs we sang in the 2010s about Jeffrey Dahmer were about… oh no

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Ashley Huynh

Popular songs may actually have some problematic and macabre references to serial killer Jeffrey Dahmer.

“I’m not eatin’ that.”

“Why not? Are you a vegetarian?”

“No I’m not, but I’m not eatin’ no sandwich that my neighbor made, after his apartment been smelling like a dead raccoon’s *bleep*.”

Jeffrey Dahmer is a very famous psychopath diagnosed with borderline personality disorder, schizotypal personality disorder, and psychotic disorder. He was an American serial killer born on May 21, 1960. “Between the years of 1978 and 1991, Dahmer murdered 17 males in truly horrific fashion. Rape, dismemberment, necrophilia, and cannibalism were all parts of his modus operandi.” (Crime Museum)

I would like to state that this article is purely for entertainment purposes, it is not to glorify Dahmer or his unjust actions. 

With that being said, let’s take a trip down memory lane to good ol’ 2010. No, no, no, not the fashion in 2010. Let’s burn that memory, please. But rather let us remember that car ride over the summer to the beach. Windows down, grumpy pre-teen siblings with their headphones on, and the radio blaring Ke$ha.

“Whenever you tell me I’m pretty. That’s when the hunger really hits me. Your little heart goes pitter-patter. I want your liver on a platter.”

Oh yeah, just keep singing, I know it’s playing in your head. Catchy isn’t it?

“Use your finger to stir my tea. And for dessert, I’ll suck your teeth. Be too sweet and you’ll be a goner. Yeah, I’ll pull a Jeffrey Dahmer.”

And pause. I sang these lines with all my heart, not a thought behind those six-year-old eyes of mine. My family let me belt this from the bottom of my diaphragm, and no one thought to tell me that I was singing about a sex offender and murderer.

When making this song, Ke$ha and her composer didn’t even know who Dahmer was. They admitted that they were using a rhyme generator to come up with the rhymes for the song. Upon searching for a word to rhyme with “goner” the generator came up with “Jeffery Dahmer.” Ironic. Ke$ha girl, why were you even making a song about cannibalism in the first place?

It’s like an in-home lobotomy, Dahmer drilled into people’s heads, to “fix” his victims and make them love him forever, to me it just sounds like;

“Everything but a brain, but dome’s off the *bleep* chain. Like an independent store, something’s wrong with my head. Just think if I had a brain in it, thank God that I don’t. ‘Cause I’d probably be Dahmer. ‘Cause mama always said. ‘If you had a brain, you’d be dangerous.”

See what I did there. All jokes aside Eminem made a Dahmer reference in his song in 2013 called “Brainless,” comparing himself to Dahmer for growing up in a mentally straining environment. Eminem referenced this when his mother and everyone around him doubted him for attempting to make a name for himself.

I’ve heard that karma is a bit of a bruja, according to Juicy J though, “She’s a beast. I call her Karma. She eat your heart out, like Jeffery Dahmer.”

Dang, I got y’all again, you need to stop falling for it man. This song by Katy Perry in 2013 did spike quite the controversy, because of the allowance of such a vile person to be used as a punch line.

Jeffery Dahmer was a horrible person and deserved every bit of karma (not Juicy J’s “Karma”) that came to him in life. However, I still can’t believe we were all belting these lyrics as kids with not a clue in the world who Dahmer was.

Thanks Netflix. I guess.

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