Did Robert Irwin dress up as Jeffrey Dahmer for Halloween? Fans mistakenly slam him over outfit choice
The 18-year-old zookeeper shared photos to his social media accounts dressed up as Dwight Schrute from the noughties sitcom 'The Office'
SCRANTON, PHILADELPHIA: Robert Irwin was unfairly slammed on social media after some fans mistakenly thought he had dressed up as serial killer Jeffrey Dahmer for Halloween.
The 18-year-old zookeeper shared photos to his social media accounts dressed up as Dwight Schrute from the noughties sitcom 'The Office'. The problem, however, is that the character has blonde hair and wears thick-rimmed glasses - just like the dreaded Milwaukee Cannibal. Aside from Robert, Bindi, 24, and Chandler, 25, went as Jim and Pam from one of the sitcom's Halloween episodes, while Grace, 19 months, wore a 'World's Best Boss' T-shirt as Michael Scott.
Robert wore a mustard yellow shirt, grey tie, and glasses while parting his hair in the middle. Meanwhile, Bindi was dressed in all black with car ears and whiskers drawn on her face. Chandler sported black pants, a black tie, and a white shirt with three black dots stuck on to copy Jim Halpert's Three Hole Punch Jim outfit from the show. Robert even captioned the post in reference to the show. "Bears. Beets. Battlestar Galactica.#HappyHalloween from Dunder Mifflin's Australia Zoo Branch!" he wrote.
That reference, however, went over some of his fans' heads, who wondered if he was dressed as Dahmer. The serial killer has resurfaced in pop culture thanks to Netflix's hugely successful true crime series 'Monster: The Jeffrey Dahmer Story.' One commented, "Tell me he's not dressed as Jeffrey Dahmer on Halloween. Cause if he is then byeeee." Another wrote, "Bro took Jeffrey Dhamer's identity." Someone else offered, "My guy dressed up as Jeffery Dahmer." While another asked, "Jeffrey Dehmer is that you?"
However, there were scores of fans who got the reference and rushed to the wildlife warrior's defense. "Guys he's clearly dressed as Dwight from the office and not Dahmer, have you guys not heard these lines before?" one reacted. "There's no way y'all see a blonde guy with glasses and immediately think of Dahmer," another quipped. "You really think Robert would dress as a serial killer? Y’all need to re-evaluate yourselves," someone else added. "How could ANYONE think that this sweet baby angel of a human being could ever dress up as Dahmer?! Good god," another gushed.
Dahmer was convicted of 16 murders and sentenced to 16 life terms in 1992. However, he was bludgeoned to death with a metal bar in November 1994 by another inmate Christopher Scarver at the Columbia Correctional Institution in Portage, Wisconsin. Dahmer's story has been chronicled several times, such as in the 2002 movie Dahmer, in which Jeremy Renner played the nascent protagonist, and in 2017's My Friend Dahmer, in which Ross Lynch played a teen version of the killer. The latest Netflix series by Ryan Murphy retells the story of Dahmer from the victims' perspective and explores major blunders made by Wisconsin police in their investigation of the brutal mass murderer.