December 13, 2018

Netflix to Launch Documentary On Farrakhan

Update: On July 31, Netflix said the film will not be released on Netflix and there was an internal miscommunication. More information coming.

Netflix will be releasing a documentary in August about Louis Farrakhan, who has a history of anti-Semitic and homophobic remarks.

Farrakhan announced the documentary’s release in a tweet, stating: “On August 1st, watch the premiere of my music documentary “My Life’s Journey Through Music” on @netflix.”

The documentary, titled “The Honourable Minister Louis Farrakhan: My Life’s Journey Through Music,” was produced by Farrakhan’s son in 2014 and discusses Farrakhan’s life and career.

Farrakhan has been in the news in recent months due to his ties to Democratic representatives like Reps. Keith Ellison (D-MN) and Danny Davis (D-IL) as well as progressive activists like Women’s March Board co-president Tamika Mallory.

According to the Anti-Defamation League (ADL):

“Farrakhan has embarked on a wide-ranging anti-Jewish campaign, which has featured some of the most hateful speeches of his career.  He has repeatedly alleged that the Jewish people were responsible for the slave trade as well as the 9/11 attacks, and that they continue conspire to control the government, the media, Hollywood, and various Black individuals and organizations.”

The ADL also noted that Farrakhan has met with Iranian President Hassan Rouhani on multiple occasions.

Simon Wiesenthal Center Associate Dean Rabbi Abraham Cooper said in a statement sent to the Journal, “We hope that Netflix is planning to afford the opportunity to the Simon Wiesenthal Center and other critics  to share with Netflix viewers Farrakhan’s six decades long history of bigotry and anti-Semitism.”

Netflix has not responded to the Journal’s request for comment.