’30 Rock’ Blackface Episodes Pulled at Tina Fey’s Request – Variety


“30 Rock” creators Tina Fey and Robert Carlock, together with the present’s proprietor NBCUniversal, have requested that 4 episodes of the sequence during which characters seem in blackface be faraway from streaming and syndication.

In a notice obtained by Variety and shared under, Fey wrote to the platforms saying that the episodes are “greatest taken out of circulation” and apologizing “for ache they’ve prompted.”

“As we try to do the work and do higher with reference to race in America, we imagine that these episodes that includes actors in race-changing make-up are greatest taken out of circulation. I perceive now that ‘intent’ is just not a free go for white folks to make use of these photographs. I apologize for ache they’ve prompted. Going ahead, no comedy-loving child must discover these tropes and be stung by their ugliness. I thank NBCUniversal for honoring this request,” Fey wrote.

The entire episodes might be eliminated by the top of this week, in response to a supply with data of the state of affairs, whereas some have already been faraway from Amazon and Hulu. The episodes will now not air as reruns on tv, and viewers may also now not be capable of buy the episodes from on iTunes and Google Play.

The episodes in query are “Consider In The Stars” (season 3, episode 2) and “Christmas Assault Zone” (season 5, episode 10), each of which featured Jane Krakowski’s character Jenna in blackface, in addition to “Stay from Studio 6H” (season 6, episode 19), which featured Jon Hamm in blackface as a part of an “Amos ‘n’ Andy” parody, and the East Coast model of “The Stay Present” (season 5, episode 4).

Information of their removing comes as many content material platforms are re-evaluating content material for racial sensitivity. Simply over two weeks in the past, HBO Max eliminated “Gone With the Wind” from its library, earlier than re-instating it with an introduction from Turner Traditional Motion pictures host and movie scholar Jacqueline Stewart.

Vulture first reported the “30 Rock” information.


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