Amazon has no plans to remove antisemitic film at center of Kyrie Irving suspension

Amazon has no plans to remove from its website a controversial book and film filled with antisemitic content and promoted by Brooklyn Nets star guard Kyrie Irving.

“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,” Amazon CEO Andy Jassy said at The New York Times’ DealBook Summit on Wednesday.

Irving linked the film on social media and when questioned about it, he defended himself, refused to acknowledge the antisemitic content and then declined to apologize. The Nets called Irving unfit to be part of the organization, suspended him five games without pay, and he ended up missing eight games, returning only after he completed a series of steps that included an apology and meetings with the owner, anti-hate groups and Jewish leaders.

Amazon CEO Andy Jassy speaks during the New York Times DealBook Summit in New York.
Amazon CEO Andy Jassy speaks during the New York Times DealBook Summit in New York.

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There were multiple calls for Amazon to remove the film and book, titled “Hebrews to Negroes: Wake Up Black America,” from its site. The Anti-Defamation League asked Amazon to remove the book and film or provide a disclaimer detailing the content which included falsehoods about the Holocaust. Neither has happened.

“The reality is that we have very expansive customer reviews,” Jassy said at the event. “For books with a lot of attention — especially public attention — customers do a good job of warning other people.”

Jassy said Amazon will remove media that is “more straightforward,” such as content that “actively incites or promotes violence or teaches people how to do things like pedophilia.”

At one point, DealBook columnist Andrew Ross Sorkin, said, "I'm Jewish, I don’t like it. I’ll be honest, I don't like it. I’m worried about antisemitism. I'm worried about what we’re seeing across the country, across the globe. I think some of it may not incite violence in the moment but could lead to it."

Jassy answered: “I'm Jewish, too. I'm worried about antisemitism, and I find several parts of that content very objectionable, but I think you have to have principles if you're going to manage something as large as we do."

This article originally appeared on USA TODAY: Amazon won't remove controversial film once promoted by Kyrie Irving