Members of the Eelam Tamil diaspora have stepped up their campaign against the Amazon Prime web series ‘The Family Man 2’, urging the Tamil film industry to stop portraying genocide victims negatively.
Tamil organisations have criticised the ‘negative’ portrayal of Sri Lankan Tamils in the controversial hit series.
The Australian Tamil Congress (ATC), British Tamils Forum (BTF), Irish Tamils Forum (ITF), La Maison du Tamil Eelam (MTE), Norwegian Council of Eelam Tamils (NCET), National Council of Canadian Tamils (NCCT), Solidarity Group for Peace and Justice (SGPJ-South Africa), and United States Tamil Action Group (USTAG) have written a letter to the Tamil Nadu Film Directors Association, Tamil Nadu Film Producers Association, Tamil Nadu Film Producers Association
“We, as victims of the greatest genocide of the twentieth century, note with concern the falsification of the just struggle of Eelam Tamils against state oppression in the above web series and strongly condemn it,” the organisations said in a press release.
The organisations have expressed their outrage at the recruitment of Tamil actors and scriptwriters for the aforementioned web series.
The diaspora organisations have also refuted the creators’ claims that the web series is a work of fiction, claiming that it is a deliberate attempt to denigrate Sri Lankan Tamils.
“Although the directors/producers of ‘Family Man 2’ have stated that the series is a fictional product, the use of words such as ‘Eelam Tamils,’ ‘Point Pedro,’ ‘Eelam,’ and ‘North Sri Lanka,’ as well as the similarity of scenes to the final stages of Sri Lanka’s genocidal war and violent streaks exhibited by the characters clearly demonstrate the fabricated agenda to depict the Eelam
The Eelam Tamil organisations have objected to the portrayal of Eelam Tamils as terrorists, regardless of where they live.
“For the past 12 years, we have sought redress for the injustices caused by genocide through peaceful means and in accordance with the mechanisms of international law. These kinds of steps are still being taken in order to stifle our efforts “the statement went on to say
As a first step, the Sri Lankan Tamil diaspora sent memorandums to Amazon Prime’s headquarters in protest of its role in releasing the web series on its platform.
The global Tamil diaspora has staged protests in front of Amazon Prime offices, the first of which was held on Monday in front of the Amazon office in London, in accordance with Covid-19 regulations.
‘The Family Man 2’ has also sparked outrage in Tamil Nadu, with several public figures and political leaders urging Amazon Prime to stop airing the web series, which stars Manoj Bajpai, Priyamani, and Samantha.