NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — Amazon’s advertising for its original series “The Man In The High Castle” is causing a stir once again.
Last year, a set of controversial subway ads featuring Nazi symbols were removed after they caused a public outrage.
Now, history about fictitious history is repeating itself.
A billboard promoting the show’s second season features the Statue of Liberty giving the Nazi salute.
The giant billboard appears on Broadway between 51st and 52nd Streets.
“Honestly, it’s kind of nuts right in the middle of the city, knowing what it represents,” Tiffany Barker told CBS2’s Christine Sloan.
The show, based on the 1962 Philip K. Dick novel of the same title, imagines an alternate history where the Axis powers win World War II.
“I find that a little disturbing, but that’s probably the whole point,” Murray Wenheardt said.
In busy Times Square, it’s really hard to notice what’s on the billboard.
You actually have to stop and take a good look at the ad, with some not realizing what they were staring at without taking a closer look.
“Oh, no I just realized that,” one woman said.
The Anti-Defamation League called it dangerous.
Evan Bernstein said while Amazon has the right to display any ad it wants, a billboard with Nazi symbols and no context can fuel hate.
“Hate crimes are at an all time high in New York,” he said, “And to have a banner that’s as large as it is of the Statue of Liberty giving the heil Hitler sign, doesn’t help with ratcheting down the tension.”
Last year, Amazon’s marketing campaign featured American flags on subway benches with 50 stars replaced by the Nazi coat of arms.
CBS2 reached out to Amazon about the billboard, but has yet to receive a response.