Netflix will not release a documentary about the life of Louis Farrakhan after all, despite the controversial Nation of Islam leader’s claim that it would hit the streaming giant on Wednesday, a company spokesperson told Fox News on Tuesday.
“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,” the Netflix spokesperson said.
Netflix issued the statement after Fox News asked about a tweet sent by Farrakhan to promote the film.
“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,” Farrakhan said in a video posted to his Twitter account on Tuesday.
Farrakhan’s hateful video included him asking, “Will you recognize Satan? I wonder, will you see the Satanic Jew and the Synagogue of Satan, which has many races in it because Satan has deceived the whole world?”
While Twitter took away Farrakhan's blue checkmark for posting hateful rhetoric, he continues to be active on the platform. The website he plugged in Tuesday’s video is for “Let’s Change The World,” a seven-CD box set that aims to “help propagate the teachings of the Most Honorable Elijah Muhammad.”
Farrakhan has long been criticized by many Americans as a racist and anti-Semite, but has had close ties with several prominent Democrats and was photographed with President Barack Obama in the past. Farrakhan’s previous extreme comments included praise for Adolf Hitler as a “very great man,” blaming Jews for the 9/11 attacks, and saying white people “deserve to die.”
Several House Democrats have met with Farrakhan — including Democratic National Committee Deputy Chair Rep. Keith Ellison of Minnesota, who attended a dinner with Farrakhan in 2013 hosted by Iran President Hassan Rouhani. Two other members of the Congressional Black Caucus — Reps. Andre Carson, D-Ind., and Gregory Meeks, D-N.Y., also attended the dinner.
In recent memory Farrakhan has said it’s “blasphemy” for disgraced Hollywood mogul Harvey Weinstein to label himself a “Jew,” blasted the FBI because, according to him, it is controlled by “Jews,” and tweeted, “to hell with you and your political correctness. Be a man! Be a woman! Speak the truth and then die on that truth if it comes to that.”
“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.