Debra Tate, sister of model and actress Sharon Tate, is calling for a boycott of the NBC series “Aquarius” after the way the show depicted her sister’s tragic murder. Hoping to raise awareness for how victims of real-life crimes are shown onscreen, she stated, “If it were our dead bodies lying on the floor, you don’t want the world witnessing that.”
“Do it tastefully, or at least give us courtesy of knowing what you guys are doing,” she added after seeing a teaser of the show where a dead Sharon Tate is on the floor and Manson walks over her. “It’s extremely insensitive to be portraying people in an untruthful manner.”
According to Variety, Debra was given no warning of the contents of the trailer and how her sister’s case was treated. She had asked for a meeting with NBC but was “completely ignored.”
— Debra Tate (@debra_tate9) June 17, 2016
Since then, she has been tweeting and retweeting comments supporting her boycott and the series’ cancellation.
To further support her sister, Debra started a petition to have Leslie Van Houten, member of the Mason family who was convicted of the murders of Leno and Rosemary LaBianca, be denied potential parole. At the time of this publication, the petition has over 139,000 signatures.
She will deliver the petition on Monday to Governor Jerry Brown, who has the option to block parole.
“Governor Jerry Brown must know that society cannot trust someone who committed such a heinous murder without showing any remorse for years,” she states in the petition.