Hulu, the streaming home of ‘The Handmaid’s Tale,’ doesn’t want to run controversial political ads. Help me make sense of this.

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My head hurts: Hulu doesn’t want to run political ads from Democrats on issues like abortion or gun control — you know, two of the BIGGEST ISSUES WE ARE DEALING WITH AT THE MOMENT ahead of the midterm elections in November. No one tell Hulu that they are the home of The Handmaid’s Tale for fuck’s sake.

This is obviously a free speech issue: Hulu absolutely has the right to choose to not run any ad for any reason. But not having a written policy outlining exactly what they find “sensitive” creates situations like this that smell like they have a particular political agenda:

Suraj Patel, a Democratic candidate for Congress in New York City, posted a letter of protest, first reported by Jezebel, to Disney CEO Bob Chapek and Hulu President Joe Earley complaining that a Hulu representative told his campaign there was an “unwritten Hulu policy” that deemed the topics in one of his ads too “sensitive” for the platform. The ad in question mentioned Republican successes around abortion, climate change, and gun violence, while also showing footage of the violence from the Jan. 6, 2021, attack on the U.S. Capitol.

“To not discuss these topics in my campaign ad is to not address the most important issues facing the United States,” Patel wrote. “Your ban on mobilization messaging has a perverse effect on Democracy.”

Patel said in an interview Sunday that the ad was allowed to run after he edited it, replacing the word “climate change” with “democracy” and replacing the footage of violence at the U.S. Capitol with footage of former president Donald Trump. He has not received a response from Chapek or Earley, he said.

The Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee, Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee and Democratic Governors Association tried to purchase joint ads on abortion and guns with Hulu on July 15, along with identical placements on a Disney-affiliated ABC affiliate in Philadelphia and the company’s cable sports channel ESPN. The Hulu ads never ran, while the others did.

The blocked ads do not use violent or jarring imagery. One spot lists statistics about the harm of gun violence and criticizes Republican efforts to block more gun regulation. The other warns that Republicans are trying to “rip away” access to abortion without exceptions for rape, incest or the lives of those who are pregnant.

Here are the two ads in question:

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That gunfight that disrupted the set of Justified: City Primeval last week also shot up the set of Chicago Med. Everyone is fine, but freaked out.

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Ricky Martin’s nephew withdrew his harassment claims against him, and the restraining order has been dropped. Martin says the entire mess has been “painful and devastating” but wishes his nephew the best, and hopes he finds the help he needs.

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