A Cats musical will not perform in the United States amid criticism that the show is pandering to “white people.”
The show, which debuted on ABC on Feb. 11, is the second musical to cancel after the canceled Black Panther movie.
The show has drawn the ire of some, including the actress Lupita Nyong’o, who said on Instagram that she would boycott the show and call on her followers to boycott Amazon.com and other retailers.
Amazon announced on Thursday that it will cancel its US theatrical and digital-only theatrical distribution contracts with the Cats and other artists.
The cancellation comes amid increased pressure from groups such as the NAACP and the ACLU, who have called on Amazon to cancel the shows.
The group said in a letter sent to Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos on Wednesday that the company’s decision to cancel concerts by the Cats shows an “unwillingness to engage in a conversation about racism in our society.”
Amazon has defended the cancellations, saying the company has a zero tolerance policy toward racial discrimination.
“The company has zero tolerance for racism, and will not tolerate discrimination,” Amazon said in an emailed statement to The Associated Press on Thursday.
The decision to move the shows from the United Kingdom to the United Arab Emirates came in response to a petition by the NAACP in England calling on the company to cancel performances by the show.
The letter from the British organization also accused Amazon of failing to respect artists’ constitutional rights to free speech and freedom of association.
The organization said it would not be backing down.
The Cats will return to the U.S. on March 2.