Fox Soul, a streaming TV channel launched earlier this year by 20th Century Fox, announced it would feature a speech by Nation of Islam leader Louis Farrakhan on the Fourth of July.
A flood of influencers, political leaders, and even CNN media personalities took to Twitter to express their shock and denounce the programming. Those calling on the channel to cancel the program by the notorious antisemite Farrakhan included The Simon Wiesenthal Center, CNN’s Jake Tapper and ADL’s Jonathan Greenblatt, among others.
Anti-Semite. Anti-Gay, anti-America #LouisFarrakhan broadcast by @foxsoultv on July 4th no less? https://t.co/sIh7DtpHex
— SimonWiesenthalCntr (@simonwiesenthal) June 28, 2020
Farrakhan is a vile anti-LGBTQ anti-Semitic misogynist. Why is a Fox channel airing his propaganda? https://t.co/dmX7A6LSd2
— Jake Tapper (@jaketapper) June 29, 2020
Louis Farrakhan, a notorious #antisemite & #homophobe, inexplicably continues to get airtime. He repeatedly elevates hateful conspiracies. He has called Jews “termites” and the #LGBTQ+ community “degenerates.” He deserves condemnation, not exposure. pic.twitter.com/ab6S1fmhoO
— Jonathan Greenblatt (@JGreenblattADL) June 29, 2020
The network quickly responded and canceled the program.
Thanks to @FOXTV for doing the right thing & correcting an obvious grave error.
The message is clear: vile haters like @LouisFarrakhan should never be give a large and mainstream platform to expand the reach of their poisonous diatribes!
Other networks take note! https://t.co/ZpfUOLT1EL
— Dov Hikind (@HikindDov) June 29, 2020
Louis Farrakhan & the Nation of Islam: Fast Facts
Clarion Project has extensively covered the Nation of Islam and its dangerous alliances. Here’s what you need to know or can share with those looking for more information:
- The Nation of Islam has a long history of extremism and Holocaust denial
- Farrakhan is hailed as the group’s spiritual leader. He has a record of anti-American, antisemitic, anti-white and conspiracy-filled preaching
- Farrakhan regularly calls Jews “Satanic” and claims that they “control everything and mostly everybody.” He has compared Jews to termites, called his Jewish critics “stupid” and says Judaism is the “synagogue of Satan”
- Farrakhan led Iranians in the chant “Death to America” and “Death to Israel” while on a solidarity visit to the Islamic Republic
- Farrakhan has labeled Jews as “bloodsuckers” and made claims such as “Zionists dominate the government of the United States of America and her banking system”
Farrakhan has been feted in the U.S. by prominent women “activists” including sharia-apologist Linda Sarsour and her fellow former co-chair of the Women’s March on Washington, Tamika Mallory, who praised Farrakhan as GOAT (Greatest of All Time) and refused to denounce him when pressured to do so.
Sarsour has appeared with Farrakhan at an event and has also refused to condemn him.
Referring to America as the “enemy,” during his Iran trip, Farrakhan also declared that “America has never been a democracy.” It’s even more shocking then that any media platform would thinking of amplifying a destructive message during already destructive times. When the national fuse is already so short, why did Fox Soul think it was a good idea to throw into the mix an ideological grenade?
Nation of Islam Programming Canceled
Fox Soul likely likely canceled the speech as a response to the outrage it provoked. But the real question is, why did the channel chose to feature the Nation of Islam’s leading hate preacher in the first place? The original PR for the speech (as can be seen above in the Tweet by Dov Hikind) spouted glowing words about Farrakhan, shamelessly promoting one of the nation’s most divisive and racist personalities on the nation’s birthday at a time of ripe civil unrest.
Fox Soul was launched in January of this year. Speaking to Variety, the channel’s programming director James DuBose said Fox Souls was an “African-American-focused channel, created by and for the members of the black community. We intend to inform, inspire and empower our viewers by meeting their needs for authentic conversations on topics relevant to our lives.”
Featuring Farrakhan — especially on the Fourth of July — is a bizarre programming decision. Does Fox Soul believe that the bulk of black Americans are race supremacist separatists aligned with the extremist Left? The reality is that the black American experience is unique and far more diverse than characterized by a channel that clearly missed the mark.