"I think it's pretty cool," Harborside Health Center's Steve DeAngelo tweeted about a character based on him (Angelo DeStevens) on Season 2 of Netflix's Disjointed. "U can't be parodied unless ur widely recognized & what I've always wanted most in life is voice, 2 b heard, so it's validating."
I think it’s pretty cool. U can’t be parodied unless ur already widely recognized & what I’ve always wanted most in life is voice, 2 b heard, so it’s validating. + those who who seek attention & climb up on a pedestal can’t complain when people knock you off. Only natural. https://t.co/w7OH3R9dHG— Steve Deangelo (@stevedeangelo) January 16, 2018
However, a day later, DeAngelo revealed his unhappiness about the depiction via Twitter:
Thanks for the support, means a lot to me. Really could use it this AM. I was entertained by the first episode the De Stevens character was in, but my feelings were hurt by the mean-spirited episodes that followed. https://t.co/qMnI3305s8— Steve Deangelo (@stevedeangelo) January 17, 2018
My initial tweet was based on the first appearance of the character. I don’t feel I deserved the treatment they gave me in later episodes— so many more worthy villains in the world. https://t.co/yfvO59IK3o— Steve Deangelo (@stevedeangelo) January 17, 2018
Some think Disjointed went too far in depicting DeStevens (portrayed by Ken Marino) as a greedy Green Rusher. In a comment posted at CelebStoner, Ani Abernathy writes:
"Ok let me go on the record here by saying I know Steve DeAngelo personally and I am APPALLED by how he was portrayed. I loved the first season so much and thought it sent such a good message about the pot community. So much so that I told Steve's partner Dress to watch it himself (this was before season 2 even came out). Now, I just finished watching the first season and I really can't even fathom the inaccuracies of Steve. He's an amazing person, cares about everyone, a family man, and someone who deserves the utmost respect within the industry. The fact that this parody was even made of him is sad. The fact that people think he's like this in real life is even worse. I am angry with the producers of this show wholeheartedly and wish the people who knew the truth about Steve could even do anything to stop this mockery. Yes, I understand needing to have a character to use as the antagonist for the season.. but to choose someone who holds such a high place in the industry as a marijuana activist NOT a money-greedy, sexist, creepy business man; makes me honestly sick to my stomach. I am a woman studying for a business degree at the moment so I have the means to start my own dispensary. If I were ever mocked in this way, I would consider it so disrespectful that I might even step completely out of the spotlight."
• "Imitation is the truest form of flattery. You are loved by many!" (Cliff Deuvall)
• "It's like a badge of honor if Weird Al does a parody or SNL." (Debra Borchardt)
• "Maybe you will garner a guest appearance and bring some REAL education and information to this show." (Bleedin KS Advocate."
And at Facebook:
• "Good leaders must be able to laugh at themselvs." (Tony Bowles)
• "I thought it was great fun, sure wasn't expected! Right down to your man purse!" (Lynne Miesse)
• "Imitation is the most sincere form of flattery! You are the epitome of integrity, a marijuana messiah, yet so humble." (Karen Snook)
• "Now you just need to get two rabbits" (Troy Dayton)
Watch Seasons 1 and 2 of Disjointed on Netflix.