New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio on Tuesday called on Amazon.com Inc to remove “irresponsible and offensive” subway advertisements for a new television show featuring Nazi-inspired imagery.
The advertisements for “The Man in the High Castle” completely wrap the seats, walls and ceilings of one train on the heavily utilised shuttle line that connects Times Square and Grand Central Terminal in midtown Manhattan.
The show depicts an alternate reality in which Nazi Germany and Japan have divided control over the United States after winning the Second World War.
The advertisements include a version of the American flag with a German eagle and iron cross in place of the stars, as well as a stylized flag inspired by imperial Japan.
“While these ads technically may be within MTA guidelines, they’re irresponsible and offensive to World War Two and Holocaust survivors, their families, and countless other New Yorkers,” said de Blasio, referring to the Metropolitan Transportation Authority, which operates the subway system. “Amazon should take them down.”
Amazon representatives did not respond to requests for comment.