Amazon covers NYC subway cars in Nazi imagery, spurs complaints

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Amazon covers NYC subway cars in Nazi imagery, spurs complaints.

From left, Rupert Evans, Frank Spotnitz, Alex Davalos and Luke Kleintank pose for photographers during a photo call for the television series “The Man in the High Castle” in London, Monday, Nov. 9, 2015. (Photo by Vianney Le Caer/Invision/AP) NEW YORK – Some New York City subway riders and social media users are furious over an ad campaign Amazon launched to promote the series “The Man in the High Castle,” which includes Nazi imagery covering some subway cars. “I thought, ‘You’ve got to be kidding me,’” said Ann Tobak when she was taking the subway to work and saw what looked like Japanese Rising Sun flags on one row of seats and Nazi imperial eagles on the other. “They should go back and look at history and understand why this is something the average subway rider would prefer not to be dealing with,” Tobak told WCBS 880’s Alex Silverman. “Plastering the subway car with Nazi insignia struck me as inappropriate.” “To advertise the insignias of extremist political philosophies on public mass transit is just not the right thing to do and it’s certainly not appropriate,” he told 1010 WINS.

The 42nd Street Shuttle, which runs between the tourist destination Times Square and the transit hub Grand Central Terminal, features an alternative version of the American flag that includes Nazi symbolism. Even the seats have been covered with flag designs to represent the two sections of the show’s alternate version of America, in which one side is controlled by Nazi Germany and another by Imperial Japan. The MTA recently banned all political advertising, but Lisberg said, “This advertising, whether you find it distasteful or not, obviously they’re not advertising Nazism, they’re advertising a TV show.” “The MTA has certainly demonstrated in the past that there are certain ads they just will not run, and while this is not a political ad, it’s certainly an ad that’s in very bad taste,” Dinowitz said. “The symbols that are part of this ad are offensive, not only to Jewish people, but to all people.” Dick novel, is an alternative history “what if” story about the Third Reich and Japanese Empire winning World War II and occupying the United States. Twitter user BlackPete said: “I get that they’re promoting a TV show, but that subway car decked out in Nazi German and Imperial Japanese imagery really creeps me out.” The Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) said it had reviewed the ad and “determined it does not violate any of the content-neutral ad standards that our board adopted earlier this year”, spokesperson Adam Lisberg told New York Magazine. “Creative advertising people are always coming up with new ways to get attention for their products.

The Times Square shuttle’s interior is decked out with the German Iron Eagle and the Japanese Raising Sun signs against the American red, white and blue. We aim to eliminate shame, empowering women and girls around the world.” Outfront claimed the MTA initially told them the ads, featuring women in modest undergarments and the straightforward message that the products are “for women with periods,” were “inappropriate” and “suggestive.” This sudden attack of primness from the MTA was viewed as rather questionable, especially by New Yorkers who’ve seen ads featuring “beach body ready” bikini girls, sexy beast augmentation ads, and entire subway cars plastered with lingerie-clad models.

On the train . . . a Nazi symbol is viscerally offensive.” The show, which became available for streaming last week, is based on a story by sci-fi novelist Philip K. A week later, the MTA approved the ads, even though MTA boss Thomas Prendergast admitted “On a personal level, I just found parts of those ads offensive, other parts not offensive.” MTA Transportation Commissioner Polly Trottenberg, meanwhile, grumpily added, “There’s a level at which people want to have ads that aren’t going to offend their sensibilities. The fact that the flag is spread across the seats only compounds the effect.” “This ad campaign has a feel of exploiting things that are so sensitive to so many people. We’re not saying that people don’t have a right to express themselves,” Bernstein added. “We’re just saying that it has a level of insensitivity. For them the seats opposite the Nazi insignias might be just as jarring.” The response on social media has been equally unenthused, with Buzzfeed writer Miriam Elder asking, “What Jew ~hasn’t~ wanted to commute to work in a Nazi train car?” and Ron Hogan noting, “Apparently, as long as it’s for ‘entertainment,’ & not ‘political,’ you can cover a NYC subway car in Nazi insignia.” With a few notable exceptions, we’re reasonably on the ball here in the Big Apple.

But it’s one thing to voluntarily watch a show and it’s another to apparently be fine with making travelers — some of whom are survivors of war atrocities and some of whom are descendants of victims of them — sit on a train full of enemy insignia and call it entertainment.

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