Kesha's mom Pebe Sebert on 'Cannibal' lyrics with Jeffrey Dahmer

Kesha’s mom Pebe Sebert on ‘Cannibal’ lyrics with Jeffrey Dahmer

Kesha’s mom, Pebe Sebert, is addressing the line in her daughter’s hit single “Cannibal,” which mentions infamous serial killer Jeffrey Dahmer.


Following the recent backlash from the families of the victims over the Netflix series Monster: The Jeffrey Dahmer StoryThe 66-year-old singer-songwriter shared a video on TikTok on Sunday to talk about how Dahmer’s name was incorporated into her daughter’s famous tune, which was released in 2010.


In the TikTok caption, he wrote: “Some context on the lyrics that are upsetting people 12 years later. All opinions are valid. I don’t mean to shut anyone up, just more information.”


“The whole Jeffrey Dahmer lyric on ‘Cannibal’ is a huge controversy right now,” Sebert began in the video. “I thought I’d say a few things about it because that was my line that I wrote in ‘Cannibal.'”





She explained: “At the time, Kesha and the other writer were too young to know who Jeffrey Dahmer was. I literally just happened to have a rhyming show called Master Writer for Songwriters. We were looking for a rhyme for ‘goner,’ at the end of the broader rhymes there was Jeffrey Dahmer. I was like, ‘Oh my God, that’s perfect lyrics.'”


Sebert continued, “Not being insensitive to anyone whose families were involved in this and lost loved ones. At the time, it was a song we were writing about Kesha. It was a funny tongue-in-cheek song. It wasn’t really about cannibalism. It was just a title”.


“I feel sorry for anyone who has lost a family member in this tragedy,” Sebert added. “We certainly never meant to hurt anyone or make anyone feel bad. There is a [series] right now that’s like getting attention again. The song came out over 10 years ago, probably almost 12 years. This is not something we’ve written recently.”


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Noting that “Jeffrey Dahmer was just part of the culture back then,” he added, “Everyone talked about him for many years. What he had done was so extreme and so worse than anyone had ever done that anyone knew.”


In the lyrics to “Cannibal,” the serial killer’s name was mentioned during the verse: “Use your finger to stir my tea//And I’ll suck your teeth for dessert//Be too sweet and you’ll miss out/Yes, I will.” a Jeffrey Dahmer”.


Starring Evan Peters as the titular serial killer, Netflix’s new crime drama from Ryan Murphy follows Dahmer’s many grisly murders through the lens of his victims.


The series was first announced in March 2021. Since then, it has renewed interest in the killer’s story, prompting responses from the victims’ families, with one member sharing that the show is “retraumatizing” their family. .




Dahmer raped, murdered and dismembered at least 17 men and boys in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, between 1978 and 1991, shocking the world with the scope of his crimes, including cannibalism and necrophilia.


While the current series offers a closer look at his victims, it also highlights the one victim who got away and who played a significant role in Dahmer’s eventual arrest.

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