A Texas pizza joint’s stomach-turning marketing gimmick paying tribute to cannibal serial killer Jeffrey Dahmer is leaving a bad taste in diners’ mouths.
Capital Pizza in Lubbock has come under fire after introducing the so-called “Jeffrey Dahmer Special” — a ghoulish pie topped with fake human fingers, eyeballs and ramen noodles mimicking entrails, all doused with a red liquid made to look like blood.
Although the gruesome dish is not on the menu and is just for show, many customers have slammed the sick stunt inspired by Dahmer’s horrific case, which is now the subject of a buzzy Netflix series starring Evan Peters.
Kiefer Slusher-Davidson, who runs the pizza parlor, told Everything Lubbock in an interview that he introduced the gory prop earlier this month to celebrate “spooky season.”
“One of our waitresses came up with the idea and made the pizza and just put it up as a fun prop for Halloween,” the manager explained.
Slusher-Davidson admitted that he and his crew thought they would be able to capitalize on the wild popularity of the hit Netflix show, which has become the streaming service’s second-most watched series ever, putting it behind Season 4 of “Stranger Things.”
“Like I said, it’s a fun prop, I suppose we’ll become either famous or infamous,” he accurately predicted.
Slusher-Davidson told TMZ that while many customers have complained about the unappetizing pizza, others have been flocking to the eatery and bringing their kids along to pose for pictures with it.
Many critics have taken to Twitter to blast the Lubbock business for its visceral display, calling it “f–king disgusting” and “disturbing.”
Others accused the management of glorifying the sicko serial killer who slaughtered, dismembered and partially cannibalized 17 men and boys between 1978 and 1991.
“That whole case wasn’t too long ago and the families are still suffering from that situation!!” wrote one Twitter user.
Relatives of some of Dahmer’s victims have bashed Netflix for creating the show portraying their loved ones’ killings without consulting them first.
They have also condemned the proliferation of Halloween costumes inspired by Dahmer.