The film, “A Night at the Garden,” walks through a 1939 Nazi rally that took place at Madison Square Garden in the heart of New York City. At the end of the black-and-white ad, a line of text flashes on the screen, cautioning, “It can happen here.”
Director Marshall Curry told HuffPost that CNN will air the ad, but that Fox News has rejected it.
According to The Washington Post, MSNBC has decided to run a tweaked version of the 30-second ad, which is set to air during “The Rachel Maddow Show.” The revised spot now includes a title card noting the film’s Oscar nomination.
Fox News has not said whether it would run the edited ad in light of the new developments. However, Curry said it has not been submitted to the network for review, noting that Fox already raised strong objections to its imagery.
The Hollywood Reporter revealed on Thursday that the spot was meant to be seen by viewers of Sean Hannity’s prime-time broadcast on Fox News.
The point, THR reported, was for the spot to serve as an indirect commentary on President Donald Trump’s populist rhetoric.
According to the Post, it had almost been rejected by NBCUniversal because of its provocative imagery, but passed muster after the addition of the title card.
This story has been updated to include Curry's remarks, more details about the ad buy, and to reflect that Fox News has not stated whether it will air the new version of the ad.