Netflix denies plans to run Farrakhan documentary
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Netflix denies plans to run Farrakhan documentary

Anti-Semitic US preacher had claimed film 'My Life's Journey Through Music' was to be added to streaming service Wednesday

Louis Farrakhan at a basketball game at the UIC Pavilion in Chicago, July 23, 2017. (Streeter Lecka/BIG3/Getty Images via JTA)
Louis Farrakhan at a basketball game at the UIC Pavilion in Chicago, July 23, 2017. (Streeter Lecka/BIG3/Getty Images via JTA)

Netflix denied on Wednesday any plans to air a documentary produced by the anti-Semitic leader of the Nation of Islam group, Louis Farrakhan, that celebrates his life and musical career.

Farrakhan claimed in tweets posted early this week that the film was set to be added to the streaming service, but Netflix said in response to journalists’ queries that the claim was incorrect. Farrakhan’s tweets have since been removed.

“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,” a Netflix spokesperson said in a statement.

Farrakhan, a notorious anti-Semite, had said the documentary, titled “My Life’s Journey Through Music,” was to be added on Wednesday.

One tweet read: “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. And, if you would like to leave a comment of what you think about that documentary, and its music, you can go to LCTWMusic.com and leave your comment. May God bless you — As-Salaam Alaikum.”

The documentary was listed by the British daily The Independent in the list of Netflix’s August releases.

According to the American Jewish news magazine The Forward, the documentary celebrates Farrakhan’s musical career, and “is likely adapted from Farrakhan’s seven-album box set ‘Let’s Change the World,’ which was released in March. The album features collaborations with several prominent artists, including Stevie Wonder, Snoop Dogg, Common, Chaka Khan, Rick Ross and Damian Marley.”

Farrakhan remains active on Twitter despite losing his “verified” status after posting a clip in June of him delivering a speech about “the Satanic Jew.”

The blue “verified” badge with a check mark tells visitors that the page of a prominent person is authentic.

Farrakhan’s offending tweet, which is still on the site, says he is “thoroughly and completely unmasking the Satanic Jew and the Synagogue of Satan.” It includes a video of Farrakhan speaking on May 27 at the Nation of Islam’s international headquarters at Mosque Maryam in Chicago.

In the sermon, Farrakhan warned his listeners about “Satanic Jews who have infected the whole world with poison and deceit.”

He also claimed that contemporary Jews are responsible for promoting child molestation, misogyny, police brutality and sexual assault, among other social ills. In addition, Farrakhan asserted that contemporary Judaism is nothing but a “system of tricks and lies” that Jews study in order to learn how to “dominate” non-Jews.

According to Twitter’s terms of service, it may remove verified status at any time, for reasons that include promoting hate and/or violence against, or directly attacking or threatening other people on the basis of race, ethnicity, national origin, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity, religious affiliation, age, disability, or disease; inciting or engaging in harassment of others; and directly or indirectly threatening or encouraging any form of physical violence against an individual or any group of people, including threatening or promoting terrorism.

In November, Twitter revoked several verification checks from far-right and white nationalist accounts, according to The Wrap. They included Richard Spencer, Laura Loomer and Tim Gionet, as well as Jason Kessler, who organized the deadly far-right rally in Charlottesville, Virginia, in August 2018.

JTA contributed to this report.

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