Following Outcry, Netflix Nixes Farrakhan Biopic

Netflix will not release a documentary about the life of anti-Semite Louis Farrakhan, despite the Nation of Islam leader’s claim that it would air on the streaming platform on Wednesday, The Jerusalem Post reported.

“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.

The official refused to answer follow-up questions by the Post about the film, including whether Netflix had ever considered releasing the movie.

The film — Let’s Change the World — was produced in 2013 by Farrakhan’s son, Joshua Farrakhan, and first screened at a Nation of Islam Saviour’s Day event in February 2014.

“As-Salaam Alaikum! I am looking forward to your thoughts after you watch my documentary ‘My Life’s Journey Through Music’ on @Netflix. It will be premiering on August 1,” Farrakhan said on social media a day ago. His tweet and YouTube video, in which he promoted the release, have since been deleted.

Farrakhan lost his verified status on Twitter earlier this year for his anti-Semitic content. In a tweet, Farrakhan had warned his followers about “the Satanic Jew,” and claimed that Jews control much of the U.S. government and financial system.

Farrakhan has long been criticized by many Americans as a racist and anti-Semite, but has had close links with several leaders of the Women’s March movement, including Linda Sarsour, Carmen Perez, and Tamika Mallory.

“Israel has no permanent home in our Holy Land. The Holy Land does not belong to a White Arab or a White Jew. You are settlers on our land,” he tweeted in 2017. In previous extreme comments, Farrakhan praised Adolf Hitler as a “very great man,” blamed the Jewish community for the September 11 attacks, and said white people “deserve to die.”

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