Amazon-owned MGM’s Ring Nation show hasn’t debuted yet and has already generated controversy from leftist activist groups who believe the series will glorify digital surveillance culture. Now come accusations that the light-hearted show — think America’s Funniest Home Videos but based around Amazon Ring security cameras — is racist, with claims that it will harm “black and brown people.”
Some groups even claimed the show would cause pain. “abortion seekers,” by encouraging the tracking of individuals’ movements.
MGM’s Ring Nation, hosted by comedian Wanda Sykes, is set to debut September 26 and will be syndicated to TV stations nationwide. A group of left-wing activists published an open letter this week calling for the cancellation of the show because it would harm minorities.
Amazon uses their own TV studio to create a reality TV advertisement for the Ring cameras. Ring Nation is propaganda for the surveillance government. @mgmstudiosIt needs to be closed down. #CancelRingNationhttps://t.co/3h4kaFyvXW
— Fight for the Future (@fightfortheftr) September 20, 2022
“Ring has a long history of using racially-coded dog whistles and weaponizing race to promote their products,”It was the following: “And the accompanying Neighbors app gamifies the profiling and criminalization of Black [sic] and brown individuals.”
In the letter, it was also mentioned that Ring cameras had been used to follow and monitor rioters in summer 2020. “Racial profiling and racist policing are core components of Ring’s business model, which profits off fear.”
The groups started an online petition to bring abortion into the public eye.
“The Ring surveillance ecosystem is perfectly positioned to track abortion seekers, whether by capturing the conversations of anyone within 25 feet radius of a Ring camera or recording footage of a health clinic across the street.”
It was concluded by the following: “It’s irresponsible for MGM to promote dangerous surveillance devices, like Ring, as family-friendly. Ring is not safe for families or anyone else. By canceling Ring Nation, you will support privacy rights, and show that you’re stepping up for Black [sic] and brown people and abortion seekers.”
Fight for the Future is a digital rights organization that organizes anti-Trump activism. MediaJustice promotes social justice online.
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