‘Gone With the Wind,’ ‘Scrubs’ and Other Movies and TV Shows Pulled in #BlackLivesMatter Era (Photos)
After protests against police brutality after a Minneapolis police officer killed George Floyd, the Paramount Network canceled the long-standing reality show "COPS" a week before the premiere of its 33rd season. The show, which ran on Fox for 25 years, jumped to Paramount Network (then called Spike TV) in 2013.
"Blown by the wind"
HBO Max quietly pulled the 1939 Oscar-winning film out of the week-long streaming service, declaring in a statement on June 9 that the "ethnic and racial prejudices" portrayed in the film "were wrong then and are wrong today." The company plans to reintroduce the film later, "with a discussion of its historical context and a condemnation of these representations."
On June 10, A&E abruptly canceled Dan Abrams-hosted reality show “Live PD,” which was their top-rated series. The decision was made amid ongoing protests against police brutality, but also followed producers' admission that they had destroyed footage of a 40-year-old Texas man who died in police custody after being abused and begging for his life.
In 1975, the BBC removed an episode of the classic John Cleese sitcom from its UKTV streaming service, which contained a number of racist epithets, including the N-word. After lobbying by Cleese and others, the network announced that it would resume the episode with "additional instructions and warnings ... to highlight potentially offensive content".
Chris Lilley's "Summer Heights High", "Angry Boys", "We Can Be Heroes" and "Jonah From Tonga"
Four comedies by Australian comic strip Chris Lilley were drawn by Netflix in New Zealand and Australia for criticizing the depictions of colored people in the shows and the use of black and brown face makeup by Lilley, who is white, and others in the shows. Lilley plays the black rapper S.mouse in "Angry Boys" with Blackface and Brownface with Jonah, a teenager from Tonga, in "Summer Heights High" and his spinoff series "Jonah From Tonga". In "We Can Be Heroes" he plays Ricky Wong, a Chinese physics student.
"It's always sunny in Philadelphia"
On June 11, Netflix pulled an episode of the long-standing sixth-season sitcom from its service in the UK due to the portrayal of two characters dressed in black. (The series will be broadcast on Hulu in the United States.)
"W / Bob and David"
Netflix drew an episode of the sketch comedy series "W / Bob and David" by Bob Odenkirk and David Cross over a sketch with Cross in black. Cross and Odenkirk have now defended the sketch.
"The Mighty Boosh" and "The League of Gentleman"
These English comedies were drawn by Netflix in the UK over scenes with Blackface. They were previously not available in the United States.
Co-creators Tina Fey and Robert Carlock, along with NBCUniversal, requested the removal of four episodes containing Blackface and other race-insensitive material.
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