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Netflix's 'When They See Us' Leads to Nearly 50,000 People Signing Petition Demanding Prosecutor's Books Be Pulled

By TheBlast Staff

The backlash against former New York sex crimes prosecutor Linda Fairstein is heating up following the release of the Netflix series “When They See Us” about the Central Park Five.

A petition seeking for Amazon and other retailers to cease selling Fairstein’s books has gotten over 47,000 signatures and is rising quickly.

The campaign was launched after the premiere of Ava DuVernay's series and depicts Fairstein (played by Felicity Huffman) as pushing to prosecute the kids without real evidence.

Felicity Huffman as Linda Fairstein

The petition states, “Linda Fairstein achieved her fame & fortune through her wild imagination & at the expense of five INNOCENT children’s pain."

They go on to argue that "Linda Fairstein led a witch hunt against five teenage boys even though the physical evidence didn’t support her theory she raged on with one goal in mind & that was to get a conviction at any expense even the lives of teenage boys."

The petition wants "ALL retailers & book publishers to stop selling Linda Fairstein books or any product that has ties to her."

The hashtag #cancellindafairstein started after the show and many viewers were furious she continues to profit off her fictional crime novels.

Amazon has yet to comment.

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