Pulse survivors upset with airing of Univision special
Univision special shows reenactment of Pulse Nightclub shooting
ORLANDO, Fla. – Kaliesha Andino is in shock that Univision would go ahead and air a special showing a reenactment of the Pulse Nightclub shooting, knowing it's going to upset those who were there that tragic night.
"It happened already. Why do people need to know what we went through? We can tell our story. Nobody has to act," she said.
Jose Diaz agreed with her. He was shot twice during the deadly massacre and is still recovering from his injuries.
"I didn't know. My aunt told me and when I saw it, they gave like a preview of what they were going to show and it hit me hard and I started to cry because I lived through that," Diaz said.
What makes the situation even worse for people like Orlando Torres is that one of his interviews was actually used in the show. He claims he never gave permission for them to do that.
"They're being insensitive to our feelings of not wanting to see something, to relive that tragic night," Torres said. "That hits us very emotionally and stressfully, and they're just doing it for the propaganda of making profit."
Univision stands by its decision to air the special and sent this statement to News 6:
"Univision has set out to create a report that is deeply respectful of the many people whose lives were impacted by this tragedy and, at the same time, is faithful to the facts underlying this horrible crime."
Torres believes Univision should apologize for what it has done and donate its profits to charities that support the survivors and victims' family members.
The Pulse Nightclub owner was also upset with the situation and demanded any logo of the club's be removed from the show. As of Saturday, Univision had not responded to that request.
The Center released a message, which said, in part, "If by chance you see any clips of this program on the news and feel you not mentally in a safe place, we implore you to please call 911 immediately.
"If by chance you do happen on to, or see clips from this program and are triggered/affected and feel you need to speak to someone immediately, The Center, with the assistance of Lindsay Kincaide of Purposeful Path Counseling and Two Spirits have set up a hotline for you to speak with a counselor immediately. The number is 888-773-1665.
"This number is run through The Center but when you call you will automatically be routed to a counselor who will be standing by to speak with you. Know that this hotline will be open starting 12:00 noon Tomorrow, Saturday February 25 and run through midnight on Sunday, February 26.
"The Center has drop in counseling services available each day, and after Sunday, you can feel free to come into The Center and speak directly, face to face, with one of our counselors."
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