Selena Quintanilla's sister Suzette destroys María Celeste Arrarás, her book & her TV show deal
Don't mess with the Quintanillas! Selena Quintanilla's older sister, Suzette, recently destroyed broadcast journalist and author María Celeste Arrarás in an Instagram Story video. In case you didn't know, in 1997, Arrarás published Selena's Secret: The Revealing Story Behind Her Tragic Death, a book about Selena's life and little-known details around her murder. Now she wants to bring the book to the TV screen and Suzette is SO not having it!
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On Monday, January 16, Arrarás took to Facebook to announce that Disney Media Distribution Latin America is producing a TV series around her book, Selena's Secret. Apparently the show will air on Telemundo but so far there's no info on when that will be. "For so many years, I wanted to bring El Secreto de Selena to the TV screen, but it took me two decades to find the right team to do it," she wrote. "It is a controversial but true story, handled with the utmost respect of her memory." But wait, it gets so much worse.
"It turns out in the months before her death, Selena wasn't as happy as many thought," Arrarás added. "She was living through a tumultuous time in her life, surrounded by people who loved her but also wanted to manipulate her. She felt that she was being pulled in different directions and she was torn. Selena was about to make decisions in her life that were going to change her personal and professional life forever."
Here's what Suzette had to say about the whole thing:
"You, María Celeste, are full of crap. Your book is based on a whole bunch of lies," Suzette says in an Instagram Story video, published to a Selena fan account. "And you know where those lies came from? Your source is a person who killed, cold-heartedly murdered my sister, shot her in the back and left her to die." According to Suzette, Arrarás's main source for the story was Yolanda Saldívar, the woman who was convicted of murdering Selena and is still serving time.
Suzette isn't the only one pissed about this. Angry Selena fans created a Change.org petition to stop the show from airing. Fans want Selena's memory to be respected and don't feel that Arrarás's new TV series would do that.
This isn't the first time the Quintanillas have tried stopping a Selena-inspired project. Selena's father, Abraham Quintanilla, filed a lawsuit against Selena's widower Chris Perez, who has been working on bringing his book, To Selena With Love, to TV. Endemol Shine North America and Major TV announced the project in November but who knows if it will actually happen now.
Meanwhile, Arrarás responded to the backlash of her show on Instagram: "With all due respect, I ask you to not be misled be people that have called for a boycott of my book and the miniseries based on the book ... ," she wrote and continued:
That initiative is based on the false premises that the book is based on the testimony of Selena's murderer and that I wrote it in order to profit from her death. This is completely untrue ... I pledged to donate 100% of the proceeds to charity ... When writing this book, my goal was to share the conclusions of my investigation which included thousands of legal documents, police records, and interviews.
OPEN LETTER TO ALL SELENA FANS: With all due respect, I ask you to not be misled by people that have called for a boycott of my book "SELENA'S Secret" and the miniseries based on the book that will be produced for television. That initiative is based on the false premises that the book is based on the testimony of Selena's murderer and that I wrote it in order to profit from her death. This is completely untrue, and the best proof is that Yolanda Saldivar is furious with the way she was portrayed in the book, which exposed her as the manipulative liar that she is. You may also remember that even before the book was published, 21 years ago, I pledged to donate 100% of the proceeds to charity. It was my decision to do so, since my only purpose was to publish the results of an extensive and detailed investigation about Selena's death and not to profit from the tragedy. Every detail in the book was confirmed by several sources and, to this day, nobody has sued me or the publisher. Throughout my thirty-year career, I have proven that I am a serious, trustworthy, and responsible journalist. When writing this book, my goal was to share the conclusions of my investigation which included thousands of legal documents, police records, and interviews. Taken together, they gave me a clear idea of Selena's last days, Saldivar's motives, and the events that led to Selena's tragic and untimely death. I am not the first nor the only journalist who writes a book based on her work. There are thousands of books about famous people who died tragically before their time, such as John F. Kennedy, Marilyn Monroe, Natalie Wood and others. This is no exception and my conscience is clear because I wrote the book only with the intention of showing her millions of fans a glimpse of her life in those fateful last days. There is not one page that smears her name or taints her memory. Whoever claims the opposite has an agenda and is not acting in good faith. I welcome your opinions and your constructive criticism. Ever thankful for your support and trust, Maria Celeste
Personally, I think Arrarás should respect Selena's family's wishes. Whether it's true or not, they obviously don't want a television show that portrays Selena in a negative light and I don't blame them. She's not here today to defend herself and her memory should be honored and respected.
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