Netflix helps Saudi autocracy’s censorship

This 9 November 2019 video from the USA says about itself:

Netflix BOWS To Saudi Arabia Pressure

Netflix bows to Saudi Arabia pressure canceling an episode of ‘Patriot Act’. John Iadarola and Ryan Grim break it down on The Damage Report.

Saudi Arabia’s Children Are Learning From Anti-Semitic Textbooks … According to a State Department-funded study, assorted religious schools have adopted Saudi state textbooks in a variety of countries around the world. These texts were even adopted at one point in territory controlled by ISIS. … we found that the kingdom’s 2018-2019 curriculum still encouraged hatred or violence against Jews, Christians, Shi’ite Muslims, women, gay men: here.

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  1. Netflix, Bacardi, Mercedes-Benz, Premier Lincoln, The CW Network and other major corporations are funding the New York Post’s racist and sexist lies about Vice President Kamala Harris. Sign the petition demanding they cut ties with the New York Post immediately.

    Earlier this week, the New York Post knowingly and intentionally published false information–based on racist and sexist stereotypes–about Vice President Harris.

    Demand the New York Post’s advertisers pull their money and denounce the newspaper’s lies about Vice President Harris!
    Sign the petition

    The vicious lie–which implied that Vice President Harris was profiting from selling the children’s book she wrote to migrant detention centers–spread like wildfire across the right-wing media, and was even shared as fact by the Republican National Committee.1 Yet, the New York Post has done nothing to retract or apologize for this racist and sexist attack on the first woman of color vice president.2 The newspaper must be held accountable for fabricating a scandal regarding Vice President Harris and immigration. Together, we can hit the Post and its advertisers where it hurts: their wallets.

    Major corporations, including Netflix, Bacardi, Mercedes-Benz, Pop TV, Bloomingdale’s, and The CW Network are big advertising partners for the New York Post. The Post relies on them to make a profit and keep printing lies like the one attacking Vice President Harris.

    Sign the petition demanding that the New York Post’s advertisers pull their money and denounce the newspaper’s lies about Vice President Harris.

    On April 23, the Rupert Murdoch-owned New York Post claimed that a children’s book written by Vice President Harris was part of a so-called welcome kit for migrant children at a shelter in California. Right-wing media networks and leaders, including the official Twitter account for the Republican National Committee, parroted this lie, and it quickly spread across the internet. Representatives from the shelter itself quickly refuted this lie, saying that it had only one copy of the book, which had been donated as part of a community toy drive. Still, the Post refused to take down the false article and doubled down with a second article claiming that thousands of children had received the book–another blatant lie.3

    On April 27, the reporter behind the story revealed that she had been forced to write it despite knowing that it was untrue.4

    The New York Post knowingly published a false story in an attempt to defame the first woman of color to serve as vice president.5 It’s no coincidence that this disinformation campaign is attacking Vice President Harris by alleging she is profiting from “welcoming” unaccompanied minor immigrants. This line of attack is rooted in sexist ideas about women as motherly figures and racist ideas about people of color as “disloyal” or not “real Americans,” and are all intended to undermine the leadership of women of color in politics. It’s alarming that major brands continue to give the newspaper credibility and financial support by advertising with it.

    We know that advertiser boycotts work. Activists forced hundreds of advertisers to cut ties with far-right media figures Bill O’Reilly, and Rush Limbaugh, and with the Breitbart website, and just last summer the Facebook advertising boycott cost Facebook $72 billion.6,7,8,9 Together, we can push major companies like Netflix, Bacardi, Mercedes-Benz, Pop TV, Bloomingdale’s, and The CW Network to cut their advertising relationships with the New York Post.

    Tell Netflix, Bacardi, Mercedes-Benz, Premier Lincoln, and other companies to cut ties with the New York Post and denounce its racist and sexist attack on Vice President Kamala Harris.

    Thanks for speaking out!

    –Katie, Shaunna, Kathy, Melody, Lindsay, Sonja, Kimberly, Maria, Elisa, KaeLyn, KD, Iris, Bridget, Isatou, Meena, and Jaya, the UltraViolet team


    1. GOP Politicians Won’t Delete Tweets About Debunked Kamala Harris Story, HuffPost, April 28, 2021

    2. Fox’s Peter Doocy supercharged the right-wing media lies about a Kamala Harris book, Media Matters, April 28, 2021

    3. Ibid.

    4. Ibid.

    5. Ibid.

    6. How the left brought down Bill O’Reilly: The activist campaign that toppled Fox News’ biggest star, Salon, April 21, 2017

    7. Is Rush Limbaugh in Trouble?, Politico Magazine, May 24, 2016

    8. Breitbart loses advertising deals with 935 companies due to grassroots campaign, Independent, February 2, 2017

    9. A Facebook ad boycott has cost Mark Zuckerberg $72 billion. But will it make any difference?, Australian Broadcasting Corporation, June 28, 2020


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