'The Underground Railroad' Director Barry Jenkins Reacts to Prime Video Bizarrely Suggesting Series to 'Get in the 4th of July Spirit'

Jenkins went on Twitter to share his thoughts, blaming the weird description on the "algorithm madness."

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Barry Jenkins, director of The Underground Railroad on Amazon Prime Video, has responded to the odd description the platform gave his series on the app. 

On Monday, Jenkins took to his Twitter with a post showing the description of his series about the historical network of secret routes people used to free slaves. In the image, viewers can see the show's description, which states, "Prime Get in the Fourth of July spirit." 

The description was a surprise, given the show doesn't celebrate America's independence, and Barry Jenkins addressed the situation by admitting he was confused. 

"At first I went but then I went and now I'm like and basically just," he tweeted before adding, "Clearly this is some algorithm madness. Though Homer WOULD be the one to use here… so there's that)."

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It didn't take long for other Twitter users to chime in on the seemingly tone-deaf Prime Video description, with many poking fun at the popular streaming platform for not reading the room. 

"So this is @amazon chiming in on the critical race theory discourse, right?" someone tweeted.

Another said, "This actually feels like an appropriate way to mark the birth of this nation."

A third person tweeted, "The Underground Railroad x How to Blow Up a Pipeline Cocktail may be just what America needs this July 4th."

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The Underground Railroad premiered on Prime Video in May 2021 and is based on the 2016 novel of the same name. It stars Thuso Mbedu, Chase W. Dillon, Joel Edgerton and more. It also won the Golden Globe Award for Best Miniseries or Television Film, the BAFTA for Best International Programme, received a Peabody Award, and garnered several other nominations, including the Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Limited or Anthology Series.

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