Pablo Escobar’s son is very upset about Narcos. He would also like to plug his book. Primarily that first thing. But definitely the second thing, too. Both things, really.
Let’s back up: Season two of Netflix’s Narcos depicted the fall of Pablo Escobar, tracking his final days on the run from multiple law enforcement and paramilitary groups. It was a marked improvement on season one, and an enjoyable binge-watch, and apparently, according to his son, Sebastián Marroquín, a big ol’ heap of lies and inaccuracies. So, Marroquín took to Facebook to tick off a bunch of the problems he had with the series. His list is 28 items long and comes in north of 2,000 words (including multiple links to the book he wrote about the whole thing), and covers everything from distortions about his uncle Carlos to the incorrect identification of Pablo’s favorite soccer team. The full post is here, in the original Spanish, and below, pumped through Google Translate.
This is the tricky thing about making a television show or movie based on real-life events. Any small liberty you take with the facts for dramatic purposes (or any side you take in a dispute) can result in an altered history and/or people who lived it getting upset at you. And then that can result in the livid son of history’s most famous drug dealer going on social media to yell at you about it. Which is probably very weird for the people who made Narcos, if they take a step back and try to wrap their heads around the whole thing. Although now I kind of want Marroquín to start fact-checking other shows, too. Someone send him the DVDs of The People v. O.J. Simpson.
On behalf of my country and in honor of the real truth of the incidents which took place between the 80’s and 90’s I see in the obligation to make serious mistakes of a series that claims to be as truthful, when Is a lot to be insulting, so the story of a whole nation and of so many victims and families:
1. Carlos Henao R.I.P. was my maternal uncle and it was not a drug dealer it’s cracked up to be in the series. In fact it was a great man, a hard worker, honest, noble and good father of the family. A good friend of my mother. Empirical was an architect who helped build some houses, roads and bridges of the hacienda Naples to my father, but never got involved in illegal activities. Was never convicted in Colombia or any country for any offence. It was Bible salesman, acrylics and MOPS. He was always talking about making peace, not war. Always talked about escape, not to attack anyone. It was not drug dealer and the Netflix to malign him and with it to all of us that we are his entire family, with total impunity and tranquility. Carlos Henao wasn’t ever drug dealer or lived in Miami. He was kidnapped and tortured with Francisco Toro, another innocent man and decent. How sad that Netflix has shown so many corpses with the posters of los pepes hung up, and they forgot to publish the images of the body of my uncle Carlos tortured in that respect they were identical and also public. But not happy with that, placed him at another time and place in the history of my father, and made it seem that his death was the product of a legitimate confrontation between police and narcos, when in reality it was an injustice, his death, while this is She violates the right to good name, to the honor and the honor of a man who was very dear and respected in medellín in one piece. A man blameless from beginning to end.
2. My Father was not a supporter of Atlético Nacional, but of the independiente medellín. If the writers don’t even know the favorite team of Pablo, how dare to tell you the rest of a story like that and sell it as true? Do everything okay?
3. The Psychic was arrested in New York on 24 September 1991 so for the escape from my father of the Cathedral (July 1992) I had been arrested in the us a long time for falsehood of documents . There was a subsequent and unjustly accused and condemned by the bomb to the flight of the plane from avianca that killed more than 100 passengers and crew and where it was believed that I would travel the successor of Luis Carlos Galan, Cesar Gaviria. Until the prosecutor de greiff sent letters to the us in favour of his acquittal since this man also-according to my father-he didn’t have any share in the fact taken in real life by Carlos Castaño under orders from my dad. But unfortunately it can more hatred that justice at the time of searching for the truth.
4. on the escape of the Cathedral: there was no confrontation so big there, only a keeper of the prison died. Those who were not clashed. My Father had no contacts, no help from the law to escape. The leak was designed from the very construction of jail: my father ordered to leave a few bricks loose. Dad ran away when the government informed that her incumplirían him the agreement not to transfer him never of that prison.