- The Washington Times - Tuesday, November 24, 2015

Amazon has plastered Nazi imagery all over New York City subway cars in promoting its new series “The Man in the High Castle,” infuriating some passengers.

The show, based on the 1962 Philip K. Dick novel, is a fictional story about the Third Reich and Japanese Empire winning World War II and occupying the United States, the New York Daily News reported.

Seats on the 42nd Street Shuttle, which runs between the tourist destination Times Square and the transit hub Grand Central Terminal, are decked out with the German Iron Eagle and the Japanese Rising Sun signs in place of the stars on the American flag.

Kevin Ortiz, a spokesman for the Metropolitan Transit Authority, responded to complaints Tuesday morning.

“The ads do not violate our content-neutral ad standards ‎and thus we have no grounds to reject them,” he told Fox News. “Unlike Fox, the MTA is a government agency and can’t accept or reject ads based on how we feel about them; we have to follow the standards approved by our board.”

Amazon responded to the backlash by Tuesday afternoon, MTA said.

Amazon has just decided to pull the ads,” Mr. Ortiz told BuzzFeed.

Mayor Bill de Blasio denounced the ads on Tuesday.

“While these ads technically may be within MTA guidelines, they’re irresponsible and offensive to World War II and Holocaust survivors, their families and countless other New Yorkers,” he said, the Daily News reported.

“Amazon should take them down,” he added.

The Anti-Defamation League’s New York Regional Director Evan Bernstein labeled the ads insensitive.

“Our concern is that the Nazi imagery that is being used as part of this ad campaign comes without any context,” he said in a statement, Fox News reported. “On the television program, which explains this is the notion of an America controlled by Hitler, you get that context. On the train, seeing the American flag paired with a Nazi symbol is viscerally offensive because there is no context as to what it means. The fact that the flag is spread across the seats only compounds the effect.”

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