For reasons that remain momentarily unclear, Amazon Prime has seen fit to remove the recent documentary Created Equal: Clarence Thomas in His Own Words from their free lineup of Black History Month films.
As reported by Brietbart and The Federalist, the movie has reportedly been made “unavailable” across the United States while dozens of other progressive films, concerning figures like Justice Thurgood Marshall, failed 2018 Georgia gubernatorial candidate Stacy Abrams and Thomas’s sexual harassment accuser Anita Hill, are still widely available to view for free.
“Recently, Amazon Prime dropped Created Equal: Clarence Thomas in His Own Words, an acclaimed and popular PBS documentary on Justice Clarence Thomas, making it unavailable to stream during Black History Month. Thomas is our nation’s only black justice currently serving on the U.S. Supreme Court, and one would think that between Amazon’s claim to “building an inclusive culture” and the fact that it’s Black History Month, Amazon would want to stream this inspiring documentary on its platform.”Brietbart.com, February 25th, 2021
The film is still technically available to purchase on DVD and to rent through other websites but Amazon appears to be subsequently marginalizing the film’s impact by removing it from streaming and limited access to physical copies.
“The Thomas documentary released in January last year remains available to purchase on DVD. A simple search for “Created Equal: Clarence Thomas in His Own Words,” comes up short for the title however. To find it, users must include “DVD” in the search box, and the documentary will come up as the 10th result. A search for “RBG” on the other hand, will bring three documentaries on Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s documentary to the top after promoting a sponsored post of her biography, “Notorious RBG: The Life and Times of Ruth Bader Ginsburg.”The Federalist, February 27th, 2021
The Federalist reached out to Amazon for comment and received no explanation.
Created Equal has been contentious since it’s premiere in January of 2020. The movie premiered in theaters before showing on PBS in April of 2020 and received widespread backlash from liberal critics. Given the left’s continued hostility towards the famously conservative supreme court judge, it’s not surprising that the film maintains a 33% critic rating on Rotten Tomatoes till this day.
Here are a few choice critic blurbs:
“With its shrewdly chosen archival clips and lack of opposing voices, this lengthy, often tone-deaf section (especially from today’s #MeToo vantage point) plays as if Thomas simply wanted his say for a new generation and got it…”Gary Goldstein, Los Angeles Times
“It’s meant as an opportunity for Thomas to have his full say, without challenge.”Michael O’Sullivan, The Washington Post 2/4 Score
“Filmmaker Pack is a partisan hack and this is artless political agitprop.”Roger Moore, Movie Nation, 1.5/4 Score
The movie maintains a 7.5/10 score on IMDB and a 99% audience score on Rotten Tomatoes.
I wrote the DailyWire’s review of the film when it was released in theaters in Chicago and I found the film deeply enlightening. The film was clearly made as a response to the fall 2018 Brett Kavanaugh sexual assault allegations an echoes the ways in which the left’s false assumptions and accusations were used in attempts to destroy multiple conservative supreme court justices.
“For bringing much of this history to the public’s attention, ‘Created Equal’ is a vitally important piece of both journalism and history. Thomas’ stories feel all too familiar in an age of #MeToo accusations and racial identitarianism. Much of the vitriol he spent his career fighting sadly remains a stubborn fact today. The perspective he brings to life, law, and morality is immensely valuable and inspiring. To this day, his name is invoked on the Left as an example of a prominent man being let off the hook for sexual impropriety. The film makes clear Thomas’ name, reputation, and beliefs were dragged through the mud.”Tyler Hummel, The Daily Wire, February 2nd, 2020
Considering that the sitting president of the United States was involved in Justice Thomas’s defamation, one might imagine why the documentary hits close to home…
Give it a watch for yourself and decide for yourself! It’s still free to stream on several streaming apps and inexpensive to purchase on Video-on-Demand.