Online media giant Neflix has suddenly reversed its decision to air a documentary about notorious racist and anti-Semite Louis Farrakhan. The company says scheduling the show was a “miscommunication.”
It all started early this week when “Minister” Louis Farrakhan tweeted out the happy, happy news that his fans would be able to see a documentary about his life on Netflix. “#LetsChangeTheWorld,” he tagged the Tweet.
The next day, the preacher of hate tweeted a second message reading: “My dear viewers and listeners, on August 1 you will be able to view the premiere on Netflix of the minister’s life journey through music.”
Then the stuff hit the fan.
Naturally, both tweets have both been deleted.
Farrakhan wasn’t just being delirious about nonexistent films. As HotAir’s John Sexton wrote:
However, this wasn’t just a case of Farrakhan putting out something he imagined on his own. Last week the Independent published a list of everything coming to Netflix in August which included The Honourable Minister Louis Farrakhan: My Life’s Journey Through Music under the heading of “licensed content.” So Netflix really did have this program on its schedule.
Today Netflix told Fox News that the whole thing was off:
“This film will not be released on Netflix. Due to an internal miscommunication, it appeared to be scheduled for release on Netflix, but it is not. We apologize for any confusion this has caused,” the Netflix spokesperson said.
Netflix issued the statement after Fox News asked about a tweet sent by Farrakhan to promote the film…
Farrakhan lost his verified status on Twitter earlier this year after he posted a video warning about “the Satanic Jew.”
Farrakhan’s hateful video included him asking, “Will you recognize Satan? I wonder, will you see the Satanic Jew and the Synagogue of Satan, which has many races in it because Satan has deceived the whole world?”…
Several House Democrats have met with Farrakhan — including Democratic National Committee Deputy Chair Rep. Keith Ellison of Minnesota, who attended a dinner with Farrakhan in 2013 hosted by Iran President Hassan Rouhani. Two other members of the Congressional Black Caucus — Reps. Andre Carson, D-Ind., and Gregory Meeks, D-N.Y., also attended the dinner.
It is a bit hard to believe that there was an “accident” at Netflix, here. It is more likely someone at Netflix was foolish enough not to understand the pile he was stepping in by cozying up to one of the most notorious racists living in America today.
Granted, Netflix can air any documentary it likes. But the company should also be prepared to suffer the consequences if they decide to do it.
Perhaps sending the Farrakhan documentary down the memory hole is the best idea. But the most certainly botched the whole situation at Netflix.
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