‘The Office,’ ‘Family Guy,’ ‘Simpsons,’ Making Changes After Criticisms of Racial Insensitivity

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"The Office", "Family Guy" and "The Simpsons" are the latest TV shows that are changing in the face of the country's ongoing protests against systemic racism and police brutality.
The Wrap reports that an episode of Season 9 of "The Office" titled "Dwight's Christmas" was edited to remove a scene in which a black-faced character is concerned. The old version of the episode has been removed from Netflix and will not appear on Peacock when the series switches to NBCUniversal's streaming service next year. The old version of the episode is said to be replaced with the updated version for syndication broadcasts.
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"The Office is about a group of people who, despite the inappropriate actions of their boss and deputy manager, try to work with mutual respect," the series creator Greg Daniels said in a statement to The Wrap. “Satire was used in the show to uncover unacceptable behavior and convey a message of inclusion. Today we shot a black actor who criticized a certain racist European practice. Blackface is unacceptable and it is hurtful and wrong to graph the point. I'm sorry for the pain that caused it. "
"The Office" wasn't the only television show that made headlines about racist changes on Friday. Mike Henry, who had spoken to Cleveland Brown on Family Guy for two decades, announced on Twitter that he would step down from the role. Henry announced his decision after it was reported that Jenny Slate and Kristen Bell would no longer speak black characters in Netflix's Big Mouth and Apple TV + Central Park, respectively.
Regarding "The Simpsons", which has been criticized for "The Problem With Apu" since 2017, the show's producers announced on Friday that white actors will no longer portray non-white characters. Hank Azaria, who portrayed Apu on the show, announced that he would no longer pronounce the character in the series earlier this year.
The changes to the three shows were announced after weeks of headlines regarding the removal of racially insensitive television series from various platforms. Episodes of several shows that included Blackface, such as NBCUniversal's “30 Rock”, were removed from streaming and syndication. Netflix recently removed the entire "Little Britain" series from the platform because the show uses Blackface.
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