Amazon pulls Nazi-themed TV ads from N.Y. subway after complaint from mayor. Holly Rubenstein reports.
Advertisements for Amazon’s new streamed TV series, ‘The Man in the High Castle’, have been pulled from the New York subway after public complaints, and intervention from the state Governor and the New York City Mayor.
The show, based on a Philip K. Dick novel, depicts an alternate reality in which Nazi Germany and Japan have divided control over the US after winning World War Two.
To promote the series, seats, walls and ceilings of the subway were wrapped in Nazi-inspired imagery.
Commuter, Janine Geist,
“Basically I’m uncomfortable sitting on the seats right now knowing that I know what types of flags these are and I do feel they should be pulled off, I really do.”
Commuter, Kurt Boone,
“I thought it was cool art, but I had no idea it had association with Hitler. It’s pretty bad if it does. It’s promoting racism to a certain extent.”
Mayor Bill de Blasio said the ads were “irresponsible and offensive to World War Two and Holocaust survivors, their families, and countless other New Yorkers.”
In a statement, Amazon didn’t directly address the controversy, saying the show is part of its line-up of “high-quality, provocative programming that spurs conversation.”
All 10 episodes of the show were released on November 20 on the Amazon Prime streaming service.
The pilot was the most-watched it has ever put on.
Amazon’s 260 subway station posters for the show have not been removed.