Escobar's son slams Netflix series for 'glorifying' criminals

Mr Sebastian Marroquin criticises the Netflix series Narcos, which is based on his father, drug lord Pablo Escobar (played by Wagner Moura, above), for glamorising drug traffickers.
Mr Sebastian Marroquin criticises the Netflix series Narcos, which is based on his father, drug lord Pablo Escobar (played by Wagner Moura, above), for glamorising drug traffickers.PHOTO: NETFLIX
Mr Sebastian Marroquin (above) criticises the Netflix series Narcos, which is based on his father, drug lord Pablo Escobar (played by Wagner Moura, left), for glamorising drug traffickers.
Mr Sebastian Marroquin (above) criticises the Netflix series Narcos, which is based on his father, drug lord Pablo Escobar (played by Wagner Moura), for glamorising drug traffickers.PHOTO: EUROPEAN PRESSPHOTO AGENCY

MADRID • The son of infamous Colombian drug lord Pablo Escobar slammed depictions of his father's life, such as those in the hit Netflix series Narcos, saying they "glorify" criminals, in an interview published on Sunday.

"I am not against telling stories, but I am against glorifying criminals and showing drug trafficking as glamorous. This confuses youth," Mr Sebastian Marroquin, who changed his name from Juan Pablo Escobar after his father's death, told Spanish newspaper El Periodico.

"I receive tonnes of messages from youth asking for help to be like my dad. They want to be that criminal, they send me photos dressed up like him, with his moustache, his hairstyle," he added. "Series about narcos have turned my father into a hero and given young people the idea that it is cool to be a drug trafficker."

Mr Marroquin, 39, made headlines last year when he took to Facebook to list 28 inaccuracies in Netflix's series about his father and called the show "insulting".

He told El Periodico that he offered the producers of the series access to his family's personal archives, including letters written by his father and never-beforereleased videos, but they said they were not interested.

"They preferred inventions by some scriptwriters in California to the truth from those who suffered this story in the flesh," he said.

Colombian television station Caracol TV has also come out with a series about Escobar and several movies are in the works.

Escobar headed the world's leading cocaine cartel in the 1980s. He fought extradition to the United States with a violent campaign in Colombia, ordering bombings and the kidnapping and killing of politicians, judges and journalists who got in his way.

Mr Marroquin was 16 when his father was shot dead in 1993 by the Colombian police. He rebuilt his life in Argentina after Escobar was gunned down, re-emerging as a guilt-ridden public speaker determined to make amends for his father's role in the drug war that racked Colombia.

He published a best-selling book in 2014 titled Pablo Escobar: My Father, which revealed details of wild parties where pinatas were stuffed full of tens of thousands of dollars in cash and has just released a follow-up book.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on March 07, 2017, with the headline 'Escobar's son slams Netflix series for 'glorifying' criminals'. Print Edition | Subscribe