There’s good news and bad news for fans of Serial today, aside from the bad news that comes with the insane number of tthink pieces that have been written about the show that are seemingly designed to ruin our enjoyment of it.
The good news is this: Serial has broken an iTunes record, becoming the fastest podcast ever to reach 5 million streams and downloads. That’s amazing for Sarah Koenig, Serial, This American Life and the podcast medium, itself.
However, it’s not so great news for the brother of Hae Min Lee, murder victim at the center of the case being investigated in Serial. He’s upset, and no one could possibly blame him after having his sister’s 15-year-old death resurrected and retried on a much bigger scale than even the original trial.
He spoke out on Reddit (or at least, a man claiming to be Hae Min Lee’s brother did):
TO ME ITS REAL LIFE. To you listeners, its another murder mystery, crime drama, another episode of CSI. You weren’t there to see your mom crying every night, having a heart att[a]ck when she got the new[s] that the body was found, and going to court almost everyday for a year seeing your mom weeping, crying and fainting. You don’t know what we went through. Especially to those who are demanding our family respon[d] and having a meetup… you guys are disgusting. Shame on you. I pray that you don’t have to go through what we went through and have your story blasted to 5 [million] listeners
That is absolutely and totally fair. However, to be fair, he does have a high opinion of Koenig herself, who he describes as “an awesome narrator/ writer/ investigator,” though he has no intentions of speaking to her for the podcast. Nor should he, if he doesn’t want to.
While the brother’s identity hasn’t been confirmed, the Reddit poster did post a screencap of a Facebook message the alleged brother received from Koenig asking him (very politely) to appear on the podcast (it’s been deleted from Reddit, but this fella screencapped it).