In what can only be called a stunning act of irony, Governor Andrew Cuomo of New York has ordered that the NYC subway ad campaign for Amazon’s original TV show “The Man in the High Castle” be banned.
In case you don’t know, the series is based on Philip K. Dick’s novel in which history is radically altered because the Axis Powers win World War Two and the United States is now under the control of both Nazi Germany (in the Eastern US) and Japan (in the West).
Here’s a preview:
Amazon decided to promote the upcoming season by advertising in the New York subway system — including covering the benches with symbols from the show.
The MTA obviously approved the ad placement since no ads can be placed on the subways without the MTA’s approval.
But both Mayor Bill De Blasio and Governor Cuomo were outraged. Mayor De Blasio blasted the advertising as “offensive” and “irresponsible.”
Personally, I think it’s downright brilliant. What better way to draw people into the world created in the series than to immerse them in the world created by the series? A world where fascists rule the nation — where freedom of speech and freedom of expression are prohibited. Where propaganda is carefully displayed.
Well, yesterday, in a move that all but proves he lacks a sense of irony, Governor Cuomo ordered the ads be removed.
So Amazon produces a series that gives you a “what if” of America living under totalitarian rule, and in a move of totalitarian proportions, Andy orders the ads for the series be removed.
It really is pretty amazing.
No word yet if Herr Cuomo has any plans on burning copies of Philip K. Dick’s book. But we’ll keep you posted.
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