Season two of “Narcos” will grace your laptop screen soon, but Roberto Escobar, Pablo’s brother, wants a say before it does. After the success and controversy of season one, the famed drug lord’s brother feels Netflix should include him in the decision-making process. To solicit such access, he sent Netflix a “friendly” request in the form of a letter.
The letter reads: “I am submitting a formal, friendly request to review this material solely on an informational basis. It is depicting me, my life, my family and my brother. I think nobody else in the world is alive to determine the validity of the materials, but me.” Roberto owns the “successor-in-interest-rights,” which means he has assumed the responsibility and tasks of all things Escobar. Ya know, the family brand manager.
In the glory days, the Colombian drug lord was thought to be among the world’s 10 richest people, providing 80 percent of the cocaine in the States. And Roberto is no stranger to sensationalizing his family history. In fact, he wrote a book about the whole drama, including details of the 1993 letter bombing incident that injured Roberto while he served time in jail. He’s no stranger to sensationalizing other stuff, as well. Business Insider reports that Roberto “claims to have found the cure for AIDS through his work with horses.” Um, OK.
Roberto’s people attempted to contact Netflix after they registered the rights to Pablo and received no response. “We tried to contact Netflix after we had registered the rights to Pablo, prior to Narcos being released with no response,” Olof K. Gustafsson, CEO of Escobar Inc., said in a statement. “I think it is important that they recognize Roberto Escobar’s wishes to review the show they are putting out, ensuring the family and viewers of an accurate portrayal of Pablo and Roberto.”
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