After promoting an antisemitic video on social media, Kyrie Irving has been linked to dangerously controversial celebrities like Alex Jones and Louis Farrakhan, but NBA star Joe Rogan is the defender. very last.
While Rogan pointed out that he was not defending Irving from supporting the antisemitic film, he was defending Irving from being punished and asking more for Amazon to sell the film.
“Kyrie posted a link on his story to the video and that’s what got him in trouble,” the podcast host said on the latest episode of The Joe Rogan Experience with guest Neal Brennan. “But isn’t that video for sale on Amazon? This is the craziest thing ever. Kyrie is busy and not Amazon? You want it all from him because he watched a video and posted a link to what you are selling. It’s tough.”
Irving’s latest controversy is that he was suspended by the Brooklyn Nets because of his social media post on Oct. 27 that linked the Hebrew for the Negro: Awakening Black America on Amazon, movies and books known to contain antisemitic tropes. Irving was not suspended indefinitely and given a list of tasks to complete before returning to court because he tweeted an Amazon link, he was suspended because he failed to properly apologize or even deny having He has a special antisemitic belief.
“The movie is still for sale! They want to give him (Kyrie Irving) half a million dollars,” Rogan said. “They want him to make a public apology, they want him to talk to different leaders and the funny video, all he did was post a link… The video is for sale on Amazon! It’s tough but no one has a problem with it. “
But many people have a problem with this. Stephen A. Smith called on Jeff Bezos to remove the film from Amazon and ESPN’s Jay Williams made a similar plea to hold the eCommerce giant accountable. Last week, a group of celebrities and activists sent Bezos a public letter urging him to remove the film and book from Amazon.
While it is fair to hold Amazon accountable, celebrities and promoters who position themselves as supporters of offensive films will receive more condemnation than the companies that sell them. There are libraries that continue to keep books with offensive tropes on their shelves, but a person promoting these narratives will attract more ire and attention than the institution that stores them.
At the time of this article’s publication on November 16, Amazon is still offering Hebrew for the Negro: Awakening Black America on Prime Video.
[The Joe Rogan Experience]