Seats on New York City subway shuttle cars are plastered in symbols from Nazi Germany and Imperial Japan, intended to promote a new entertainment series on Amazon’s TV service.
The Gothamist website quotes a passenger, Ann Toback, as saying: “Half the seats in my car had Nazi insignias inside an American flag, while the other half had the Japanese flag in a style like the World War II design, so I had a choice, and I chose to sit on the Nazi insignia because I really didn’t want to stare at it…I shouldn’t have to sit staring at a Nazi insignia on my way to work.”
Metropolitan Transportation Authority spokesperson Adam Lisberg said: “The updated standards prohibit political advertisements. Unless you’re saying that you believe Amazon is advocating for a Nazi takeover of the United States, then it meets the standards. They’re advertising a show.”
The standards also require that the Authority “Maintain a safe and welcoming environment for all MTA employees and customers.”
Photo: Ann Toback/Gothamist