Debra Messing, Mila Kunis, and Mayim Bialik are among the many celebrities who’ve signed an open letter urging Amazon and Barnes and Noble to cease promoting the antisemitic documentary and ebook pushed by Kyrie Irving.
The letter, organized by Inventive Neighborhood for Peace, calls out the 2 retail giants — and their leaders, Jeff Bezos and James Daunt — for refusing to take away the “fallacious ebook and film” Hebrews to Negroes. It was additionally signed by comic Ibiza Shlesinger, songwriter Diane Warren, Disturbed frontman David Draiman, in addition to numerous figures within the leisure trade.
Hebrews to Negroes first appeared as a ebook in 2015, written by Ronald Dalton Jr., who later turned it right into a film in 2018. It was the film model that Irving shared a hyperlink to on the finish of October, with Rolling Stone reporting on the array of antisemitic conspiracy theories and tropes contained in it.
“The ebook and film, and its contents, have been shared by a number of high-profile people inflicting super hurt to the Jewish group whereas spreading harmful misinformation to an impressionable public which may be prone to its propaganda,” the brand new open letter states. “These works promote quite a few antisemitic tropes and conspiracy theories that don’t have any foundation in reality, together with manufactured Hitler quotes, false claims of Jewish energy and management, that the Jewish folks fabricated the Holocaust, and that the Jewish individuals are faux Jews.”
Amazon and Barnes and Noble didn’t instantly return Rolling Stone‘s requests for remark.
The letter claims that within the weeks since Irving tweeted out a hyperlink to the film, the movie has seen a “spike in viewership” on Amazon. It additionally claimed that, over the previous week, the ebook model “has change into a bestseller” on each the Amazon and Barnes and Noble web sites.
“Your firms are taking advantage of hate,” the letter reads. “At a time in America the place there are extra per capita hate crimes in opposition to Jews than another minority, overwhelmingly extra religious-based hate crimes in opposition to the Jewish folks than another faith, and extra hate crimes in opposition to the Jewish folks in New York than another minority, the place a majority of American Jews reside, it’s unacceptable to permit any such hate to foment in your platforms.”
Irving spent a number of days embroiled in controversy after tweeting out the film and initially refusing to concern an specific apology. He was in the end suspended from the Brooklyn Nets for a number of video games and misplaced his partnership with Nike. Final Friday, he lastly issued a press release saying, “To All Jewish households and Communities which can be damage and affected from my submit, I’m deeply sorry to have precipitated you ache, and I apologize.”