NBC: Pull "Deathtrap" episode of Chicago Fire - Respect for Ghostship Fire Victims
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On March 1st, NBC will air a fictionalized version of the tragedy of the Ghost Ship fire that took place on Dec 2nd 2016 in Oakland California.
NBC will air a fictionalized version of the tragedy in an episode of Chicago Fire, a drama that revolves around firehouse staff in Chicago. It airs as part of a three hour marathon that will introduce a new show called Chicago Justice. Dick Wolf, of Law & Order fame, is one of the show’s creators.
NBC and Stephen B. Burke:
Please consider that we, the people of Oakland, and artist communities around the country, think the tragedy that happened in Oakland is NOT for anyone's fictionalized entertainment. There is an ongoing investigation, and many lives were lost. The close timing of this, as well as the wording of the casting call for "edgy/artsy to bohemian" types makes it obvious that this storyline was ripped from headlines just months earlier when Oakland was ripped apart by this horrific event. Changing the number of those lost, or the city it occurs in, doesn't hide the lack of empathy from NBC in green lighting production on this episode. It is inappropriate and immoral, and culturally irresponsible for a media outlet and entertainment purveyor to blur the lines of a national tragedy with a made for tv drama. It is insensitive to the families and friends of the 36 lost.
NBC, We ask you to permanently pull the airing of this episode and reconsider turning real life tragedies such as these into plot lines for your entertainment productions.
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