LUBBOCK, Texas (KLBK) — A Texas pizzeria is facing backlash over a controversial Halloween “pizza” inspired by serial killer Jeffrey Dahmer.
Capital Pizza in Lubbock displayed the decoration – an inedible pizza topped with various fake body parts – on the restaurant counter earlier this month. A sign below the bloody screen reads “Jeffery [sic] Dahmer’s Pizza,” photos taken by Nexstar’s KLBK show.
The restaurant manager, who asked KLBK not to use his full name, said the decoration was done by a waiter who thought it would be fun. He said she was partly inspired by the popular series “Monster: The Jeffrey Dahmer Story,” which debuted on Netflix in September.
“Since it was spooky season and the popularity of the Netflix series, one of our waitresses had the idea and made the pizza and just presented it as a fun prop for Halloween,” he said. he declares.
He further reiterated that the pizza is just a decoration and is completely inedible.
“It’s just a polystyrene base. There are plastic prostheses on it… eyeballs, fingers, there is an ear,” he said. “The ramen noodles are kind of the main thing here and fake blood and then we, like we do with all of our pizzas, topped it with a pepperoncini.”
But some decor critics don’t seem to find it as “fun” as the staff. Several people shared their feelings on the restaurant’s Yelp page, calling the idea behind the decor “disgusting” or urging customers to stop frequenting the establishment.
“How can anyone with a conscience or decency buy food from here when there’s a prop that pokes fun at the murder of so many men at the hands of serial killer Jeffrey Dahmer[?]asked one Yelp user.
“I can’t believe this place is making fun of the victims of Jeffrey Dahmer and saying it’s in the spirit of Halloween,” wrote another.
The manager of Capital Pizza, meanwhile, said the decoration was fun. He also said he plans to keep it on display until after Halloween.
“Like I said, it’s a fun prop, I guess it will become famous or infamous,” he said. “It’s only for a limited time, and then we’ll move on to holiday decorations.”