Jason Smith: “I don’t know that we’re getting a ‘documentary’ as much as we’re just getting ‘here is a retrospect on the 97-98 Bulls.’ Michael Jordan is involved in this and I feel like we’re only getting it from his perspective… Jordan has a lot invested into this documentary and he was the one who got all his teammates together to come back and be a part of this… We’re not getting a documentary, we’re getting something that Jordan is influencing. Everyone wants ‘docs’ now thinking they’re going to get the untold story of the Bulls. NO, you’re getting the story of the Bulls from Jordan’s perspective.” (Full Audio Above)
Listen to Jason Smith explain why he think’s ESPN ‘The Last Dance’ documentary is hardly a ‘documentary’ at all, and really just Michael Jordan’s perspective of his Bulls’ career.
The director of the documentary made remarks earlier this week that said that Jordan ultimately has creative control of the 10-part series, and can freely control what content makes up every episode.
Even famed documentarian Ken Burns commented on the series, saying it's not 'journalism', and it’s hardly a ‘tell-all’, when someone involved in the story gets to dictate its terms.
Check out the audio above as Jason details why people need to stop calling this a documentary.