The creation of ShondaLand, Inventing Anna, highlights the facade that people seem to wear. The people we see on social media have an amazing life but sometimes, in reality, they are just broke with rich fame. Inventing Anna explores the life of a con woman, Anna Delvey aka Anna Sorokin aka Fake German Heiress, who scammed some of the rich societies of New York City, including hotels, restaurants, and banks, from 2015 to 2017.
However, Anna Delvey’s former friend Rachel DeLoache Williams, who was also a victim in the con, is bashing Netflix and claiming the platform is “running a con woman’s PR.” Let’s find more about Williams’ thoughts on the show.
Rachel Willaims and Inventing Anna
Rachel Williams is a former friend of Anna Delvey, who happens to be a part of the inner circle. She has noted down her experience in the book My Friend Anna. Anna once left her with a $62,000 bill when they went for an all-paid trip to Marrakesh, Morrocco. At the end of the trip, Anna claimed that her credit card was not working, and Williams has to pay the bill.
The bill ended up costing her a lot more than Williams made in a year at the time. The bill included flights, expensive meals, shopping, expenses of the lavish villa they were staying in. Given the way she was conned, it is no surprise Williams is not a fan of Inventing Anna. Even though she hasn’t streamed through the entire show, Williams feels Netflix is glorifying a con artist, Anna.
According to Vanity Fair, Netflix has paid $320,000 to Anna Delvey for her life rights. She hired a private attorney for her case with that money. In conversation with Vanity Fair, Rachel explains Netflix is celebrating a sociopathic, narcissistic, proven criminal who is wrong. “Having had a front-row seat to [the Anna circus] for far too long, I’ve studied the way a con works more than anybody needs to. You watch the spectacle, but you’re not paying attention to what’s being marketed,” she said.
She is concerned about the disclaimer that Netflix gave at the start of the show, which says, “This story is completely true, except for all the parts that aren’t”. For Rachel, exploring half-truth content is more dangerous than a lie.
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