Lifetime’s “The Gabby Petito Story” found itself embroiled in online controversy even before its premiere. The film is set to be released just over a year after the vlogger was found murdered at the hands of her boyfriend, Brian Laundrie. The film’s first look sparked a massive onslaught on Twitter with people criticizing the network for making a movie about it before it was even pressed, while digging into the cast who looked “too much old” to play the roles.
Earlier this year, Laundrie’s note in which he confessed to killing Petito surfaced. “I ended his life,” Laundrie wrote in the notebook, which was recovered by the FBI from Myakkahatchee Creek Environmental Park on October 20, 2021. But, he insisted it was an act of “mercy”, according to the report. “I thought it was merciful, it was what she wanted, but now I see all the mistakes I made. I panicked. I was in shock,” Laundrie wrote. Attorneys representing the Petito-Schmidt and Laundrie families met at the FBI’s Tampa field office on Friday, June 24. He claimed he wanted to put Petito out of his pain and misery after she fell and was injured. herself in the Wyoming desert.
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Internet blasts Lifetime’s “The Gabby Petito Story”
“Shame on the Lifetime Network,” read one of the tweets. “Gabby Petito’s life story is rude AF! Very un-empathetic YUCK! @lifetimetv,” wrote another. “Same story with Washington DC and Atlanta. I think the gap between reporting and investigation has never been more evident than with the Gabby Petito case. Seems like every aspect of America needs some to be reformed to be truly colorblind,” one of the comments read. “Lifetime is coming out with The Gabby Petito history film and while it may be too soon, I hope it helps raise awareness,” one tweet read.
A movie I will never watch. None of them were overall interesting.
The most interesting part of them was how they died.
I’m doing well.
— Duddy Kravitz (@Duddy__Kravitz) June 25, 2022
Gabby Petito’s life story is rude! Yuck very non-empathetic! @lifetimetv
— SCOTTIE ARMONIE (@scott_monie) September 27, 2022
Same story with Washington DC and Atlanta. I think the disconnect between reporting and investigation has never been more apparent than with the Gabby Petito case. Seems like every aspect of America needs reforming to be truly colorblind.
— Heidi legit SAVAGE ☠️💀 (@heidi_legit) September 27, 2022
Lifetime is coming out with the history movie The Gabby Petito and while it may be too soon, I hope it helps raise awareness.
— 𝒯𝒽𝑒 𝒫𝓊𝓂𝓅𝓀𝒾𝓃 𝒬𝓊𝑒𝑒𝓃🎃🧡 (@blushingfiancee) September 26, 2022
Skyler Samuels (28) plays Petito, 22, while Evan Hall plays Laundrie in the upcoming film. “As rude as it is, couldn’t they even be mad to find actors that are the right age? As lazy as they are immodest,” someone commented on a comment read on the Reddit thread. Another wrote: “They look like 50 year olds.” The dig continued: “I love that they picked a real 40 year old man with a receding hairline,” another Redditor said.
“@lifetime is making a lifetime ‘parody’ movie ‘based on a true story’ to raise awareness as you say. movie acting like these two people who had real lives. Gabby lost her life She didn’t ask for hers and neither does his family.As a mom or soon to be mom, I would be absolutely mortified if my child was murdered or whatever happened and you decided to do a “based on a true story” with actors about it. You should really think about this families considering they didn’t give consent on this so called movie Really sickening how people make money off a real family and a real event that happened and someone’s life that was lost,” one comment read.
“The Gabby Petito Story” is released on October 1, 2022.