Ariana Grande at 2020 GRAMMY Awards

Ariana Grande Reveals Controversial Dream Dinner Guest: A Notorious Serial Killer

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By Kelly Coffey-Behrens on June 18, 2024 at 11:20 AM EDT

If you could have dinner with anyone in the world—dead or alive—who would it be?

We would venture to guess that the person you chose would be someone you looked up to or idolized. For those sports fans, Derek Jeter, Alex Morgan, or Simone Biles will likely be at the top of the list. For the aspiring actors/actresses out there, we would assume someone like Tom Hanks,Denzel Washington, or Sandra Bullock would be sitting across the dinner table from you.

When pop icon Ariana Grande, 30, was asked who her dream dinner date would be, she opted for one of the most notorious serial killers to date, stirring controversy amongst social media users.

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Who Is Ariana Grande's Dream Dinner Date?

Ariana Grande at 2020 GRAMMY Awards

Like many of us, Ariana Grande has an obsession with true crime.

"I was infatuated with serial killers when I was younger,” the 30-year-old artist revealed on the Podcrushed podcast, prompting co-hosts Penn Badgley, Nava Kavelin, and Sophie Ansari to bring up a meet-and-greet experience Ariana had with a young fan.

“It was in a Q&A with fans, with young fans,” she said on the podcast. “It was in between me being Cat [in Nickelodeon’s 'Sam & Cat'] and pop stuff, so it was like a younger group, and they were with parents, and someone said. ‘If you could have dinner with anyone living or or dead, who would it be?’”

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“I was like, ‘Oh, you're so cute. Mom and dad, is it okay if I give the real answer?’ And they were like ‘Sure, what’s the answer?’ and I was like, ‘I mean, Jeffrey Dahmer is pretty fascinating. I think I would have loved to have met him. Y’know, maybe with a third party or someone involved. But I have questions,'" she admitted.

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What's For Dinner?

It's a good thing Ariana Grande said she would only go with a third party involved, considering Jeffrey Dahmer was a cannibal.

The infamous American serial killer and sex offender murdered 17 men and boys between 1978 and 1991. He also confessed to consuming parts of his victims, dubbing him the nickname the "Milwaukee Cannibal" or the "Milwaukee Monster." His crimes also included necrophilia and dismemberment.

Jeffrey Dahmer was finally arrested on July 22, 1991, when one of his intended victims, Tracy Edwards, managed to escape and flag down police. When officers entered Dahmer's apartment, they found photographs of dismembered bodies, severed heads, and other remains, leading to his immediate arrest.

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During his trial, Dahmer was found to be legally sane and was convicted of 15 of the 17 murders he had committed. He was sentenced to 15 consecutive life terms in prison. On November 28, 1994, he was beaten to death by a fellow inmate, Christopher Scarver.

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Ariana Grande's Dream Dinner Date Stirs Controversy

Ariana Grande arrives at the 2016 American Music Awards held at Microsoft Theater L.A. Live on November 20, 2016 in Los Angeles

After learning that Ariana Grande would want to have dinner with Jeffrey Dahmer, social media users bashed the pop icon for her choice.

One Instagram user said, "Please tell me this is a joke." Another wrote, "Girl, I promise you don’t want that."

"Ari this is worse than any lyrics referencing him," a third individual commented.

"Oh no, she did not," one social media user said as another expressed, "Girlie, tell me you’re joking."

Jeffrey Dahmer? Or Evan Peters?

Evan Peters holding a Golden Globe

Others couldn't help but mention Evan Peters, 37, who famously portrayed Jeffrey Dahmer in the Netflix original show, "Dahmer -- Monster: The Jeffrey Dahmer Story."

"If she means with Evan Peters, then yes, girl, same," one user said.

Evan Peters portrayed Jeffrey Dahmer in the Netflix series, which premiered in September 2022 and was created by Ryan Murphy and Ian Brennan. The series dives into the life and crimes of the notorious serial killer. Peters' portrayal of Dahmer was widely praised for its depth and authenticity.

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Having Dinner With Dahmer? Or Being Dahmer's Dinner?

As Jeffrey Dahmer was notorious for murder and cannibalism, many couldn't help but drop puns surrounding Ariana Grande's dream dinner date.

"First date: dinner with Dahmer. Second date: dinner of Dahmer," one Instagram user commented.

"Well, we know what’s for dinner," another said.

"Jeffery Dahmer would have her for dinner," a third expressed. "What’s on the menu?" another Instagram user joked.

Well, all that's left to say is "Bon Appétit..."

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