Amazon is facing public pressure to stop selling a film that has been widely described as antagonistic and riddled with conspiracy theories.
The 2018 film, titled “Hebrews to Negroes: Wake Up Black America” and based on a 2014 book of the same name, claims that Jewish people dominated the slave trade and that the Holocaust never happened.
Earlier this week NBA player Kyrie Irving tweeted a link to the film. His team, the Brooklyn Nets, then, Irving has since deleted the tweet and apologized for the promotion of the film after widespread condemnation in the media and by NBA commissioner Adam Silver.
The American Jewish Committee, one of the largest Jewish organizations in the country, has now launched a petition urging Amazon to remove the film from the e-commerce platform.
“Amazon has an important role to play in ensuring that Americans do not consume hate propaganda and misinformation,” the petition said. “We are grateful that, as recently as January of this year, Amazon removed more than twenty Nazi propaganda films and other anti-Nazi material to stop the spread of hate. urge to be removed from the platform.”
As of Friday, the three-hour movie is available on Amazon for $40 and can be rented for $11. The book, which is on sale for $35, is currently the No. 1 seller in Amazon’s Religion & Spirituality category.
American Jewish Committee CEO Ted Dutch tweeted Friday that the film is “now on Amazon’s bestseller list.”
Amazon did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
Other public figures are also questioning why Amazon is marketing the film.
“Where is the same focus and energy for the platform that is promoting it and profiting from it,” ESPN NBA analyst Jay Williams said on Wednesday. “I don’t hear anything like that around Jeff Bezos and Amazon.”
After being slow to condemn the film, which earned himIrving posted a lengthy apology on Instagram on Friday.
“I am deeply sorry that you have been hurt, and I do apologize,” he wrote, in part. “I had no intention of disrespecting any Jewish cultural history or perpetuating any hatred in relation to the Holocaust. I am learning from this unfortunate incident and hope that we can all find understanding.”