Amazon will not take away anti-Semitic film despite request from ADL and also it will not be adding a disclaimer to it either.
Amazon Will Not Take Away Anti-Semitic Film despite Request from ADL
An anti-Semitic movie that was tweeted out by Brooklyn Nets guard Kyrie Irving back in October will not be taken away from amazon, company CEO Andy Jassy on Wednesday said at the New York Times DealBook summit.
“As a retailer of content to hundreds of millions of customers with a lot of different viewpoints, we have to allow access to those viewpoints, even if they are objectionable — objectionable and they differ from our particular viewpoints,” Jassy stated.
The Anti-Defamation League Sent Out Two Letters to Amazon
The Anti-Defamation League which is a civil rights group sent out two letters to amazon asking the firm to take away or add a disclaimer label to the movie Hebrews to Negroes: Wake Up Black America. The movie is “designed to inflame hatred,” one of the letters of ADL reads. “Make no mistake, this could lead directly to the harm of Jews.”
The retailing company said earlier that it would be considering the request of ADL according to a November 6 report from the New York Times. The latest comments from Jassy however show that the retailing company has decided otherwise.
CEO of ADL’s Tweet about the Issue
“If @amazon insists on selling a film that, among other things, denies the FACT that millions of Jews were murdered in the Holocaust, it’s unconscionable not to do the bare minimum & provide a disclaimer explaining why the film is problematic & antisemitic,” CEO of ADL, Jonathan Greenblatt on Wednesday tweeted.
Irving Was Suspended After Tweeting a Link to the Movie by His NBA Team
Irving once tweeted a link to the movie on October 27 which led the NBA team to suspend him. On November 3, Irving apologized for his tweet on Instagram after days of refusing to apologize. And as part of the fallout, Nike no longer will be working with Irving. He played his first game back from suspension on November 20 against the Memphis Grizzlies team.