The new podcast “Hold Still, Vincent” has been disabled following backlash from journalist and activist Helen Zia. Zia criticized the podcast which tells the story of Vincent Chin because she nor the Chin family was consulted. Zia is an activist and journalist who helped bring federal charges against Chin’s murderers and also brought Chin’s story to the mainstream audience.
“It’s amazing to see so many Vincent Chin film projects. To my friends who are sending congrats to me for the new Vincent Chin podcast–I don’t know anyone associated with this project and have never been contacted by them. Nor has the Estate of Vincent and Lily Chin,” Zia wrote on Instagram. “…I’m not dead yet and it’s weird hearing/seeing myself fictionalized by people who have never tried to connect with me or the Estate.”
Now, after much backlash, the production company behind the podcast, A-Major Media apologized and announced they will be “disabling” the podcast series.
The podcast told the story of Chinese-American Vincent Chin who was murdered in 1982 in Detroit. Chin was beaten to death by two white men Ronald Ebens and Michael Nitz in a racially motivated attack believing Chin was Japanese.
The two white men were angry that they were recently laid off from Chrysler and blamed Japanese cars for the decline in US auto manufacturing.
On the day of the assault turned murder, Chin was celebrating his bachelor’s party at a strip club with his friends. The two white men were also there and a fight broke out between them over a stripper. According to a dancer, Ebens yelled “It’s because of you motherf**kers that we’re out of work” at Chin, reports History.
The fight ensued and it ended up outside where Ebens grabbed a bat. Chin took off and the two white men drove around looking for Chin for twenty minutes. They found him and Nitz held Chin down while Ebens beat Chin breaking his head open.
Chin was taken to the hospital and died after four days in a coma.
Ronald Ebens and Michael Nitz were punished with no jail time. The judge gave them three years’ probation and a $3000 fine.
“Hold Still, Vincent” was written by Johnny Ngo and the podcast was going to be turned into a feature film.