I agree with Jon here. While there were some factual issues about the car; e.g. doors and frame not closing, etc. that are more offensive than the statements about JZD. John DeLorean was arrested and charged with trafficking in cocaine on October 19, 1982. That's a fact. It's not pleasant for her or her family, but that doesn't make it any less true.
The show isn't that popular, so it's not going to add any misinformation that can't be corrected by saying, "arrested, but acquitted on grounds of entrapment" to those who are actually interested enough to listen.
For those who think that it's going to be some sort of black mark on the DeLorean world, it's nothing new and, technically, no real disinformation. No silly letter-writing campaign or Facebook nagging is going to do anything but make the show MORE popular. Besides, what would that do? An apology wouldn't change anything and nobody would pay attention to it.
I maintain that the biggest deformation to the DeLorean and JZD is still Back to the Future. It has made the car little more than a joke to most; hence the gas station/car show comments. It also has spurned on dozens of owners who either destroy a good car by lazily making it into a knock-off of the movie car or give up on the car altogether when it has difficulty and spread a bad reputation about its reliability; often, not mutually exclusive.
The DeLorean would be better-served by being in the same boat as the Bricklin; maintained by a devoted fanbase who like the car for the vehicle and its history, instead of half the owners wanting to pretend that they're Doc or Marty.
-Chad Robert Krause
DeLorean # 1601 Bricklin #2645
---In dmcnews@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx, <jonheese@...> wrote:Yeah, but... umm... Nothing they said in the show was incorrect or defamatory.From: dmcnews@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx [dmcnews@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx] On Behalf Of Bob Brandys [BobB@...]
I watched the show when it aired knowing nothing about it (wife wanted to see if it was any good), and when they said the line about JZD being arrested for trying to sell FBI agents cocaine, my wife looked at me preemptively and said something like, "Calm down," but I actually shrugged and said something like, "Actually, they're correct; that's exactly what happened."
I thought it was actually a better-than-average portrayal of the car than usual, when it comes to TV and movies.
I think the source of Kathryn's displeasure was the fact that the show *mentioned* JZD's drug bust at all, not that they got it wrong. I think her concerns, while valid for her universe, are beyond the realm of expectation for a mainstream national sitcom. She expects sitcom writers to avoid talking about a national news story (30 years old though it may be) just because it might upset her kids? I think she's lucky her kids made it to 8 and 11 without hearing about it, there's not a whole lot of room to complain that the streak was broken by a (admittedly crappy) TV show she just happened to be watching.
A more cynical argument might be: Why was she watching the show to begin with? The DMC-12 was on-screen for a good 5-10 minutes before the comment about JZD's drug bust, so why didn't she see that coming? Especially when the character tries to call the Delorean concierge line and gets a "number disconnected" message-- she had a good 5 seconds before the cocaine line was delivered... Surely she could see what was coming, no?
Sent: Monday, November 25, 2013 9:32 AM
Subject: [DML] Re: A DeLorean was on TV this week
It is up to us DeLorean owner now to speak up and protest the defamation of JZD and the DeLorean motor car.
If we just "roll over" and do nothing, if we just condone the disinformation and this type of behavior. Here are things we can do:
Post a negative statement on your Facebook pages about this show and it's writers.
False information and lies are wrong and no excuse for humor.
Go to the shows website and post negative feedback.
Write the TV station that broadcast propaganda.
Write the FCC about these lies and distortions.
Write an editor comment for your local paper.
PUT a bumper sticker on your car protesting this show.
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