Amazon, Barnes & Noble Urged In Open Letter Signed By Celebrities To Pull Controversial Film And Book Promoted By Kyrie Irving

by Susan Ryant

Mila Kunis, Debra Messing and other entertainment industry figures are among those who have sent an open letter to Amazon and Barnes Noble, asking that the controversial book and documentary Hebrews to Negroes: Wake up Black America be removed from their platforms.

The nonprofit organization Creative Community for Peace was behind the letter, claiming both Amazon and BN allegedly “refused to remove the title and continue to profit from its bigotry.”

Kunis, Messing, Jeopardy! host Mayim Bialik and songwriter Diane Warren were among 200 signatories to the letter. It was addressed to “Jeff Bezos, James Daunt, and the leaders at Amazon and Barnes Noble.”

The protest comes in the wake of NBA star Kyrie Irving promoting the film with a tweet, then refusing to give an adequate apology. He was then suspended by the Brooklyn Nets and was ordered by the Brooklyn Nets to meet with various groups to make things right.

The CCFP said the book and movie cause “tremendous harm to the Jewish community while spreading dangerous misinformation to an impressionable public that may be susceptible to its propaganda.”

“These works promote numerous anti-semitic tropes and conspiracy theories that have no basis in fact, including manufactured Hitler quotes, false claims of Jewish power and control, that the Jewish people fabricated the Holocaust, and that the Jewish people are fake Jews,” the letter continues. “The claims made in these works have led to the persecution and murder of millions of Jews throughout the centuries.”

Irving’s promotion has increased sales of the book. The CCFP said Amazon and BN are “profiting from hate.”

“At a time in America where there are more per capita hate crimes against Jews than any other minority, overwhelmingly more religious-based hate crimes against the Jewish people than any other religion, and more hate crimes against the Jewish people in New York than any other minority, where a majority of American Jews live, it is unacceptable to allow this type of hate to foment on your platforms,” CCFP wrote.

The open letter ends with a plea: “We, the undersigned, demand that you immediately remove these works from your sites.”

The Signatories:

Jason Adelman: Vice President, Brand Innovators

Orly Adelson: President, Orly Adelson Productions

Marty Adelstein: CEO, Tomorrow Studios

Ben Adler: Musician

Michael Adler: Partner at Lichter, Grossman, Nichols, Adler, Feldman Clark

Michael Auerbach: Partner, Jackoway Austen

Nate Auerbach: Partner, Versus Creative

Jeremy Barber: Partner, United Talent Agency

Eve Barlow: Music Journalist

David Baron: Rabbi, Temple of the Arts

Richard Baskind: Partner Head of Music, Simons Muirhead Burton

Aaron Bay-Schuck: CEO/Co-Chairman Warner Records

Hannah Bay-Schuck: Music Publisher, Prescription Songs

Miles Beard: Executive VP of AR, Republic Records

Aton Ben-Horin: Executive VP of Global AR, Atlantic Records Group

Pablo Bendersky: Producer/Artist

Hilary Bendon: Peace Partner, HXB LLC

Sandra Bendon: Attorney

Steven Bensusan: President, Blue Note Entertainment Group

Adam Berkowitz: Founder and President, Lenore Entertainment Group

Luc Bernard: Director, Voices of the Forgotten

Mayim Bialik: Actress

Josh Binder: Partner, Rotherberg, Mohr, and Binder LLP

Neil Blair: Partner, The Blair Partnership

Allison Bloom

Evan Bogart: Songwriter CEO, Seeker Music

David Byrnes: Partner at Ziffren Brittenham, LLP

Markell Casey: Senior Director of AR, Sony Music Australia

Brian Celler: Bravo Charlie Management

Pamela Charbit: AR Manager, Atlantic Records

Emmanuelle Chriqui: Actress

Adam Cooper: Partner, Jackoway Austen

Leanne Coronel: President, The Coronel Group

Andy Corren: Author

Raye Cosbert: Managing Director at Metropolis Music

Ben Cosgrove: CEO, Leviathan Productions

Paul Craig: Chair, Nostromo Management

Avi Dahan: Attorney, Boyarski Fritz LLP

Ian Daly: Head of Brand Strategy, Live Nation

Greg Daniels: Writer and Producer

Howard Davine: Head of Business Operations, Wiip

Josh Deutsch: Chairman/CEO – Premier Music Group

Avi Diamond: Director, Film TV Licensing, Warner Music Canada

Kosha Dillz: Artist

Craig Dorfman: President and Owner, Frontline MGMT

Helen Dosik: Professor of Sociology, California State University, Northridge

David Draiman: Frontman, Disturbed

Beth Elitzer: B. Elitzer Consulting

Talya Elitzer: Co-Founder President, Godmode Music

Craig Emanuel: Partner, Paul Hastings LLC

Daniel Erlig: Partner, United Talent Agency

Ron Fair: Record Producer CEO, Faircraft Inc.

Sharon Farber: Composer

Paul Farberman: President, Paul Faberman Entertainment

Daniel Federman: Owner, Maccabi Tel Aviv

Eric Feig: Founder, Eric Feig Entertainment Media Law, Inc.

Yossi Feinberg: Professor of Economics

Patti Felker: Partner, Felker, Toczek, Suddleson, Abramson LLP

Jacob Fenton: Partner, United Talent Agency

Ken Fermaglich: Partner, United Talent Agency

David Fishof: Producer and Music Executive

Josh Fluxgold: President, Oneway MGMT

Erica Forster: Entertainment Attorney

Gary Foster: Principal in Krasnoff/Foster Entertainment

Jordan Frazes: Founder, Frazes Creative

Francine Freid

Adina Friedman: Friends at Work

Dara Frimmer: Rabbi, Temple Isaiah Los Angeles

Siri Garber: CEO Founder, Platform Public Relations

David Gardner: President, Artists First

Nancy Gates: Partner, United Talent Agency

Andrew Genger: Manager, Red Light Management

Lorna Gerry

Gary Gersh: President, Global Touring, AEG

Gary Ginsberg: Senior VP, SoftBank Group Corp.

Karen Glauber: President, HITS Magazine

David Glick: Founder CEO, Edge Group Chairman, Tap Music

Elon Gold: Actor, Comedian

Nicole Goldman: EVP, Branding, The Jim Henson Company

Alex Goldstone: Partner, Anonymous Content

Michael Goldwasser: Record Producer President/Co-Founder of Easy Star Records

Robert Golenberg: Partner at Silver Lining Entertainment Productions

Jonathan Golfman: Co-President, MRC Film

Michael Gordon: Partner, Creative Artists Agency

Andrew Gould: Music Executive

Cary Granat: Co-Founder Partner, Destiny Media, EMH Media

Trudy Green: Trudy Green Management/HK

Scott Greenberg: Manager and Partner at LBI Entertainment

Steve Greenberg: Founder President of S-Curve Records

Renee Haas

Ronnie Harris: Partner, Harris Trotter LLP

Jo Hart: Founder, Hart Media

Avi Hirshbein: AR, Electric Feel Entertainment and Ventures

Linda Edell Howard: Attorney, Novick Law

Richard “BournRich” Ingram: Artist/Creative Director

Neil Jacobson: Founder CEO of Hallwood Media

Jordana Jaffe: Writer Producer

Brandt Joel: Agent, William Morris Endeavor

Zach Katz: President COO, FaZe Clan

Jonathan Kellerman: Novelist

David Kendall

Ilan Kidron: Artist Musician

Scott Kluge: President, Tremendous Entertainment

Amanda Kogan: Agent, The Gersh Agency

Rick Krim: CEO, Krim Music Media

Mila Kunis: Actress

Seth Kurland; Television Writer/Producer

Matt Labov: Manager/Publicist

Gabz Landman: VP AR, Warner Chappell Music

Sherry Lansing: Former CEO of Paramount Pictures

Colin Lester OBE: Founder/Chairman JEM Music Group

Jonathan Levav: Marketing Professor, Stanford University

Stephen Levinson: Filmmaker/Producer

David Levy: Former President of Turner/WarnerMedia, Founder of Back Nine Ventures

David Levy: Partner, William Morris Endeavor Entertainment

Cory Litwin: EVP, Hallwood Media

David Lonner: CEO, The David Lonner Co.

Ben Maddahi: SVP AR, Columbia Records

Imran Majid: Co-CEO, Island Records

Gabriel Mann: Composer/Producer

Susan Markheim: Full Stop Management, The Azoff Company

Orly Marley: President, Tuff Gong Worldwide

John Mass: President at Content Partners, LLC

Nancy Matalon: VP of AR, Spirit Music Group

Debra Messing: Actress

Art Mollen: Physician

Sadaf Muncy: SVP, Development Production, HappyNest

Spencer Neumann: CFO at Netflix

Joel Nickerson: Rabbi, Wilshire Boulevard Temple

Julia Nickerson

Leetal Nissenbaum: SVP of Synchronization and Licensing, Giant Music Iconic Artists Group

Lisa Nupoff: Manager at IMIN Music

Tracy-Ann Oberman: Actress

Scott Packman: Founder and Managing Member, SSP Partners LLC

Mandi Perkins: Artist, Composer, Author

Jonah Platt: Actor, Writer

Mike Praw: Music Executive

David Renzer: Former Chairman/CEO of Universal Music Publishing

Sydnee Rimes: Vice President of Current Programming at ABC Studios

Hanna Rochelle: Founder, Purple Productions, LLC

Alex Rockwell: Writer/Producer

Zoe Rogovin: SVP, Non-Fiction Programming, Showtime Networks Inc.

Dan Rosen: President of Warner Music Australasia

Rick Rosen: Co-Founder, Endeavor

Erez Rosenberg: Attorney, Jackoway Austen

Shani Rosenzweig: Partner, United Talent Agency

Michael Rotenberg: Partner, 3 Arts Entertainment

Autumn Rowe: Songwriter, Artist

Piper Rutman

Haim Saban: Chairman and CEO, Saban Capital Group

Asif Satchu: Co-CEO, MRC and Producer

Jacqueline Saturn: President, Virgin Music

Ayalet Schiffman: SVP, Head of Promotions, Island Records

Paul Schindler: Senior Chair of the New York Entertainment and Media Practice, Greenberg Traurig LLP

Steve Schnur: Worldwide Executive Music President, Electronic Arts

Jordan Schur: CEO Chariman, Mimran Schur Pictures and Suretone Entertainment

Sam Schwartz: Partner, Gorfaine/Schwartz Agency

Michael Seitzman: Producer, Maniac Productions

Camila Seta: Executive, Brand Consulting

Stefi Shabashev: Songwriter

DJ White Shadow: Producer/Artist

Iliza Shlesinger: Comedian

Noah “Westside Gravy” Shufutinsky: Artist

Jeremy Silver

Ben Silverman: Chairman and Co-CEO, Propagate Content

Ralph Simon: Chairman CEO, Mobilium Global Limited

Marty Singer: Attorney, Lavely and Singer

Danielle Solzman: Film Critic, Solzy at the Movies

Jeff Sosnow: EVP AR, Warner and Reprise Records

Nancy Spielberg: President, Playmount Productions

Donna Spievak: VP of Strategic Marketing, Interscope Records

Halle Stanford: President of Television Executive Producer, The Jim Henson Company

Nancy Steingard: Producer Partner/Co-Founder, PatMa Productions

Jonathan Steinsapir: Partner, Kinsella Weitzman Iser Kump Aldisert LLP

Justin Sternberg

Gary Stiffelman: Founder, GSS Law

Rachel Strassberger: Manager, Grassroots Music

Aaron Symonds: Film Composer

Traci Szymanski: President, Co-Star Entertainment

Nina Tassler: Producer Partner/Co-Founder, Patma Productions

Adam Taylor: President, APM Music

Scott Tenley: Chief Business Officer, MRC

Geffen Sonnenfeld Toar

Niv Toar: Composer

Fred Toczek: Partner, Felker Toczek Suddleson Abramson LLP

Eric Tuchman: Writer, Producer

Oded Turgeman: President, The Operating Room

Alex Voihanski: President, Paramount Business Group

Jeremy Vuernick: President of AR, Capitol Music Group

Diane Warren: Songwriter, Producer

Joshua Washington: Artist/Producer

Jon Weinbach: President, Skydance Sports

Nola Weinstein: Global Head of Brand Experiences Engagement, Twitter

Modi Wiczyk: Co-CEO, MRC Producer

Evan Winiker: Managing Partner, Range Media

Jeffrey Winter: Executive Director, The Film Collaborative

Yale Wolman: Agent, CAA

Sharon Tal Yguado: Founder CEO, Astrid Entertainment

David Zedeck: Global Head of Music, United Talent Agency

Bradley Zweig: Executive Producer/Writer