Linda Fairstein Deletes Her Social Media After Viewers Of "When They See Us" Call For Her Arrest
Former Prosecutor Linda Fairstein is facing renewed scrutiny in the wake of a Netflix series about the Central Park Five case and its aftermath.
The series, “When They See Us,” debuted on Netflix this weekend and was followed by a rallying cry from fans via the hashtag #CancelLindaFairstein calling on retailers like Amazon and Barnes & Noble to pull Fairstein’s book collection from their shelves.
Fairstein, now a popular author of the bestselling Alexandra Cooper series of mystery novels, which are based on Fairstein’s real-life experiences and follows a heroine New York prosecutor., has been dragged on social media since the series debuted this past weekend. With the hashtag #CancelLindaFairstein now gaining steam,, many are asking leading retailers like Amazon and Barnes and Noble to drop her books.
Raymond Santana, one of the then-teenagers convicted and later exonerated for the crime, said he’s supports the boycott of Fairstein’s books.
“When you do dirt, you can’t run,” the exoneree told the outlet. “The truth comes out. And even though it’s 30 years later, she has to pay for her crime.”
“And so whether it’s in the courtroom or socially, it is what it is,” he concluded.
“Not only does @LindaFairstein need to be canceled, everyone that supports her needs to be canceled! #CancelLindaFairstein.,” one Twitter user wrote.
“@simonschuster you’d better pull all those books off the shelves that you published by that hideous woman named #LindaFairstein,” wrote another.” “Such an atrocity to human kind. How dare you publish books by such a person, just to make money.”
“Seriously ,@LindaFairstein MUST be held accountable for the innocent lives she deliberately ruined in her quest for fortune and fame,” a fellow critic argued before adding, “#CancelLindaFairstein #WhenTheySeeUs.”
One fan tweeted directly to publishing house Penguin Books, writing: “You must #CancelLindaFairstein. It’s not enough for her books to be boycotted, she must be dropped for her crimes against children!!!!”
As head of the sex crimes unit at the Manhattan District Attorney’s Office, Fairstein had a hand bringing convictions against-then teenagers Raymond Santana, Kevin Richardson, Korey Wise, Yusef Salaam and Antron McCray in the jogger’s rape. “When They See Us” sheds new light on the handling of the infamous case, including Fairstein’s personal involvement in coercing the false confessions that landed the young men behind bars for more than a decade before DNA evidence and a serial rapist’s confession cleared them of the heinous crime in 2002.
Despite this, the acclaimed children’s author has refused to apologize for her role in their prosecutions and remains skeptical that the five men are actually innocent. Moreover, She wrote in an article for the New York Law Journal last year that “the questioning [of the Central Park Five] was respectful, dignified, carried out according to the letter of the law and with sensitivity to the young age of the men.”
As the outrage has continued, Fairstein has deleted all her social media accounts