Hollywood stars write to online store Amazon owner Jeff Bezos to complain about antisemitic content

Hollywood stars write to online store Amazon owner Jeff Bezos to complain about antisemitic content


Over 200 actors and artists from the entertainment industry have called on Amazon and Barnes & Noble to remove from their online stores an antisemitic documentary and book series that had been popularised by basketball player Kyrie Irving.

Signatories include Hollywood stars such as actors Mila Kunis, Debra Messing, Mayim Bialik, Tracey-Ann Oberman, and artists like rapper Kosha Dillz and Disturbed frontman David Draiman. Also signing were industry leaders like Haim Saban and former Paramount Pictures CEO Sherry Lansing.

In the open letter, the actors say, “After more than a week of private messages and public calls to take the fallacious book and movie Hebrews to Negroes from your sites, you have so far refused to act,” read the letter to Amazon executive chairman Jeff Bezo and Barnes & Noble CEO James Daunt.

“We, the undersigned, demand that you immediately remove these works from your sites.”

The open letter noted that the book and film have become best sellers on Amazon and Barnes & Noble’s website.

The Jerusalem Post found last Friday that the book series was the top bestseller in three different categories on Amazon’s website. It was also a bestseller on Amazon Prime Video and number 69 on Barnes & Noble’s top 100 bestselling books. On Apple Books last week, Hebrews to Negroes was number 9 on the list of the top audiobooks.

“The book and movie, and its contents, have been shared by several high-profile individuals causing tremendous harm to the Jewish community while spreading dangerous misinformation to an impressionable public that may be susceptible to its propaganda,” said the letter.  “These works promote numerous antisemitic tropes and conspiracy theories that have no basis in fact, including manufactured Hitler quotes, false claims of Jewish power and control, that the Jewish people fabricated the Holocaust, and that the Jewish people are fake Jews.”

The open letter was organized by Creative Community for Peace (CCFP), an NGO that promotes the arts as a means to peace, to counter antisemitism within entertainment, and to rally support against the cultural boycott of Israel.

CCFP was not the only group appealing to sellers of the Hebrews to Negroes series. StopAntisemitism told The Post that thousands of its followers sent direct emails to Amazon about the issue.

“Why is Amazon still monetising a documentary that denies the Holocaust, quotes Hitler and  promotes the false conspiracy that Jews controlled the African slave trade?” wrote StopAntisemitism on Twitter

The International Legal Forum wrote a letter to Bezos on Sunday.

“We wish to express our grave concern that the sickening antisemitic documentary and book Hebrews to Negroes: Wake Up Black America, not only remain for purchase or rent on your platform but alarmingly, is currently also one of your best-selling items,” said ILF.

Irving drew a wave of criticism and accusations of antisemitism after sharing a link to the 2018 film on social media.

Irving’s team, The Brooklyn Nets, suspended him for no fewer than five games, saying they were “dismayed” that Irving did not denounce antisemitism when speaking to reporters. The basketball player later apologised for sharing the film.

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