Amazon does not plan to stop selling antisemitic movie after Kyrie Irving saga

Irving recently found himself in an uncomfortable spot for promoting a movie full of antisemitic material.

by Dzevad Mesic
Amazon does not plan to stop selling antisemitic movie after Kyrie Irving saga

Amazon CEO Andy Jassy revealed the company does not plan to stop selling the movie for which promotion Kyrie Irving was handed a suspension. A month ago, Irving tweeted about "Hebrews to Negroes: Wake Up Black America." The movie is full of antisemitic material as Irving received backlash shortly after promoting the movie with an Amazon link to it.

"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 told The New York Times.

Jassy, who is Jewish, explained that the company has employees that flag content. "The reality is that we have very expansive customer reviews. For books with a lot of attention -- especially public attention -- customers do a pretty good job of warning people when there's objectionable content," Jassy explained.

Irving apologized, served his suspension

Only after Irving was suspended by the Brooklyn Nets, he issued a direct apology to the Jewish community for his promotion of an antisemitic film. "To All Jewish families and Communities that are hurt and affected from my post, I am deeply sorry to have caused you pain, and I apologize.

I initially reacted out of emotion to being unjustly labeled Anti-Semitic, instead of focusing on the healing process of my Jewish Brothers and Sisters that were hurt from the hateful remarks made in the Documentary. I want to clarify any confusion on where I stand fighting against Anti- semticism by apologizing for posting the documentary without context and a factual explanation outlining the specific beliefs in the Documentary I agreed with and disagreed with.

I had no intentions to disrespect any Jewish cultural history regarding the Holocaust or perpetuate any hate. I am learning from this unfortunate event and hope we can find understanding between us all," Irving wrote on Instagram.

After missing eight games due to the suspension, Irving returned to the Nets' lineup. During his suspension, Irving held meetings with Nets owner Joe Tsai and NBA commissioner Adam Silver. After the meetings, both Tsai and Silver said Irving "was not antisemitic." Last year, Irving drew lots of negative attention due to his vaccine stance.

At the start of this season, he found himself again in the headlines for the wrong reasons. It remains to be seen if Irving can help the Nets win the championship this season.

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