On Facebook, former Gits drummer Steve Moriarty has called for a boycott of NBC related to an upcoming show concerning the brutal rape and murder of Gits singer Mia Zapata:
NBC’s True Crime in the Dark* (or something equally as tasteless) series, recently filmed a reenactment of the murder of our friend Mia Zapata. They used actors and canned music. I tried to have civil and logical conversations with the producers of the show, however, NBC did not think that using The Gits music or film footage of Mia playing live was worth paying customary and fair licensing fees as established by ASCAP, BMI and the recording Industry.
There is nothing artistic, musical or positive about the re-telling of Mia’s brutal death. Nothing except a cheap way for NBC to sell ads for a younger, hipper demographic which the network desperately needs.
The piece will air in June and does not have the endorsement of any of the band, Mia’s family or immediate friends. It is simply, Gitsploitation and I suggest local business refrain from advertising products and services on NBC during the month of the one hour episode of “murder in the dark”. (Or whatever the title) featuring The murder of Mia and the city of Seattle.
Come on, NBC. You have so many buckets of money. AT THE VERY LEAST PAY THE BAND.
Here’s a to-do list for Dead of Night producers:
- Respect the family when you’re making a docu-drama segment on a murder victim.
- Don’t capitalize on an attitude that those affected by Mia’s murder have been working against for AGES (R.I.P. Home Alive), that the dark is an unwelcome, unsafe place and women need to be afraid
- Change your show name to “Murder in the Dark” if you must continue with that attitude
(If you’re not familiar with the awful tale of Mia, get the story straight from her bandmates and others who knew and loved her here.)