The family of slain Mexican-American Tejano singer Selena Quintanilla Perez is defending plans to digitally resurrect her in hologram form for a 2018 tour.
Billboard reports that a Nevada tech company called Acrovirt will create a “walking, talking, singing, and dancing digital embodiment” of Selena.
She was 23 and the reigning queen of Tejano music when she was murdered in 1995 in a Texas motel by the former president of her fan club.
“By no means is this something that's creepy or weird,” Selena’s sister, Suzette Quintanilla, told Billboard on Wednesday.
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“A lot of the new fans that did not get to experience what Selena was about hopefully will be able to get a sense of her with this new technology that’s going to be coming out.”
The SelenaTheOne.com website says that an Indiegogo campaign will launch on April 16 – which would have been the Grammy winner’s 44th birthday – to raise the $500,000 needed to complete the project.
“It's not about replacing Selena in any shape, way or form; it's just something to help her legacy continue growing,” said Quintanilla, who reported that Acrovirt approached her family last year with the project idea.
“It's so interesting and mind-blowing that we just felt as a family that this is definitely something we'd want them to do with Selena.”