Amazon continues to generate headlines for canceling content that doesn’t coincide with its liberal politics and Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas appears to be the latest victim.
The documentary film about Thomas, "Created Equal: Clarence Thomas in His Own Words," was removed from Amazon’s streaming service last month and the filmmaker said he was never given an explanation.
"What Amazon has done is a disservice to anyone—black or white—who is interested in the rich history of black Americans," Wall Street Journal columnist Jason L. Riley wrote about the decision.
The film features extensive interviews with Thomas and chronicles his journey from "the depths of poverty" to the Supreme Court and everything in between, including his contentious confirmation hearings where Anita Hill accused him of sexual harassment.
President Joe Biden, who was chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee during the hearings that riveted the nation, grilled Hill in archival footage used in the film. The films does not paint Biden in a positive light; Thomas told viewers at one point he had "no idea" what Biden and other Senate questioners were talking about.
Thomas spoke on everything from race and politics to religion in the documentary. It aired on PBS back in May 2020 and landed on Amazon later that year.
Amazon did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
Filmmaker Michael Pack told the Wall Street Journal he was never offered an explanation as to why Amazon removed it.
"Our distributor, who’s the one who made the deal with Amazon, has repeatedly asked them for explanations but they haven’t given any," Pack told the Journal.
"They have the right to pull anything from their site, and they don’t have to give an explanation," he continued. "So it’s not a contract violation. But many people have c... (Read more)
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