Amazon has a long history of removing harmful books from its website. Earlier this year, it got rid of books offering cures for the coronavirus. In the past, they’ve tossed out books from the “father of conversion therapy.” There’s nothing unusual about that.
It’s easy to make a case for why books denouncing transgender “ideology” should also be taken off the site — they have not been — but a recent controversy doesn’t even rise to that level.
Abigail Shrier, who just published an anti-trans book bluntly titled Irreversible Damage: The Transgender Craze Seducing Our Daughters, says that Amazon won’t allow her to run ads for it on their site.
This is apparently a form of Christian persecution.
The Christian Post has more:
“The cancel culture has made it clear that it despises diversity of opinion, and it will not tolerate science, data, facts, or anything that contradicts the approved narrative,” Regnery Publishing said in a statement. “If you’re not on board, you’ll have your head handed to you.”According to Regnery, other resources, products and books that promote transgender ideology are allowed to be “sponsored” on the website.
How dare Amazon be intolerant of their intolerance…
It’s not that Amazon “agrees” with the content — it’s that science, data, and facts show that there’s no “transgender craze” at all. People aren’t becoming trans on a whim just to win a popularity contest, an idea that many trans people would find laughable in itself, considering the struggles they have to deal with. Trans people regularly face rejection from friends, family, and employers when they come out. They are also at an increased risk for violence, contrary to the popular lie that trans people in public restrooms pose a threat to cisgendered folks. No one aware of this is thinking, “Yeah, sounds great! Sign me up!”
More to the point: Amazon has no obligation to promote hate speech, nor do they owe anyone any advertising space. There are plenty of other online platforms Shrier can use and plenty of creative marketing strategies to cater to the ignorance of her audience. And considering Amazon’s policies regarding ads are hardly secret, this complaint she’s making may be one of them.