Two more beloved NBC comedies — The Office and Community — are either removing or altering episodes due to blackface. Rather than pull the episode altogether, the scene has simply been removed. Two more beloved NBC comedies — The Office and Community — are either removing or altering episodes due to blackface. Mariska Hargitay, This Is Us Cast Implore NBC to Move Trump Town Hall, Original Charmed Star Rose McGowan Fires Back at Sarah Jeffery, Shonda Rhimes' First Netflix Series Bridgerton Gets Premiere Date — Plus, Feast Your Eyes On the…, Charmed Actress Sarah Jeffery Calls Rose McGowan, Holly Marie Combs…, Original Charmed Star Rose McGowan Fires Back at Sarah Jeffery…, Charmed's Holly Marie Combs Defends Her Criticism of The CW Reboot…, Scrubs Episodes Featuring Blackface Removed from Hulu at EP's Request, 30 Rock Episodes Featuring Blackface Pulled From Streaming, Syndication. "The Office is about a group of people trying to work together with mutual respect despite the inappropriate actions of their boss and assistant manager," the producer said.

Readers can also donate to the UK anti-discrimination group Stand Up To Racism, and the Unite Families & Friends Campaign, which supports those affected by deaths in police, prison and psychiatric custody. "The Office is about a group of people trying to work together with mutual respect despite the inappropriate actions of their boss and assistant manager," he said. “The Office is about a group of people trying to work together with mutual respect despite the inappropriate actions of their boss and assistant manager,” Daniels said in a statement. "Today we cut a shot of an actor wearing blackface that was used to criticise a specific racist European practice. Today we cut a shot of an actor wearing blackface that was used to criticize a specific racist European practice. The No. But THR broke it down like so: In the episode, Dwight dresses up as Bersnickel, a German folklore character. An episode of "The Office" with a character in blackface has been edited to remove the scene. For more information on how you can support Black Lives Matter, please visit its official website or donate here. “The show employed satire to expose unacceptable behavior and deliver a message of inclusion. The Office and Community are the latest sitcoms to edit their past episodes for depictions of blackface. Blackface is unacceptable and making the point so graphically is hurtful and wrong. 30 Rock Episodes Featuring Blackface Pulled From Streaming, Syndication. The episode in question is "Dwight Christmas," and The Hollywood Reporter writes that it contained a brief scene where Dwight (Rainn Wilson) tries to get the staff of Dunder Mifflin to "celebrate a traditional Pennsylvania Dutch Christmas." When Stanley (Leslie David Baker), Dunder Mifflin's only Black salesperson, objects, Dwight nervously replies that his family doesn't "blindly stick to every outmoded aspect of our traditions" — then texts warehouse worker Nate (Mark Proksch), who's about to join the party dressed as Black Peter, to warn him away. What Does It Take To Reopen A Hotel During The Pandemic? The Office US will edit an episode for streaming because of its references to blackface. Gavin Evans is a contributor for Complex Media. Oscar (Oscar Nunez) discovers via online search that Bersnickel's sidekick is character named Zwarte Piet, or Black Peter, "a slave boy often portrayed in colorful pantaloons and blackface."

Today we cut a shot of an actor wearing blackface that was used to criticize a specific racist European practice. This move represents the latest effort to delete or apologize for the usage of blackface. The new cut is also replacing the original for its syndication airings on Comedy Central and other channels. The edited out scene will no longer run on TV, or if/when you watch it on its current streaming home, Netflix. Note that in 2021 the show is set to move to NBCUniversal's streaming platform, Peacock. I am sorry for the pain that caused.” At least no one saw the original scene, because no one has actually watched the Michael Scott-less ninth season of The Office. The episode, Season 9’s “Dwight Christmas,” featured Rainn Wilson’s character Dwight Schrute prodding his colleagues at Dunder Mifflin to celebrate a traditional Pennsylvania Dutch Christmas with him. Dwight came in as the German companion of Saint Nicholas, Belsnickel, and hired Nate to come as Belsnickel's partner, Zwarte Piet, who is usually portrayed in blackface and colorful pantaloons. We earn a commission for products purchased through some links in this article. Sarah Silverman Reveals She Got Dropped From Movie Due to Old Blackface Sketch, NBCUniversal Is Removing ‘30 Rock’ Episodes That Featured Characters in Blackface, Episode of 'Pokémon' Won't Air in the U.S. Over Blackface Concerns. Digital Spy participates in various affiliate marketing programs, which means we may get paid commissions on editorially chosen products purchased through our links to retailer sites. It’s revealed that Belsnickel is often accompanied by Zwarte Piet, or Black Peter, a character described as “a slave boy often portrayed in colorful pantaloons and blackface.” When his colleagues object to the concept, Dwight shoots a text to Nate (Mark Proksch). The moment occurs as Rainn Wilson’s Dwight Schrute is portraying the German Christmas folklore character Belsnickel. June 26 2020, 11:32 AM PDT, RELATED STORIES 'The Office' is the latest show to scrub blackface from re-airings of old episodes, after the creator edited out a scene from 2012's "Dwight Christmas." Greg Daniels, who developed The Office, explained the decision in a statement: “The Office is about a group of people trying to work together with mutual respect despite the inappropriate actions of their boss and assistant manager. I am sorry for the pain that caused.”. "The show employed satire to expose unacceptable behavior and deliver a message of inclusion. COMPLEX participates in various affiliate marketing programs, which means COMPLEX gets paid commissions on purchases made through our links to retailer sites. reserved.PMC Entertainment.

Scrubs Episodes Featuring Blackface Removed from Hulu at EP's Request Three episodes of Scrubs featuring characters in blackface have also been pulled. Currently available to stream on Netflix until the end of the year, before it moves over to NBC's new streaming service Peacock, The Office is one of the most popular and enduring sitcoms of all time. 21 Savage And Metro Boomin’s ‘Savage Mode II’ Surpasses Its Predecessor, Wild Pink Breaks Down One Of Our Favorite Album Of 2021 (So Far), YG Shows Consistency And Growth On The Concise ‘My Life 4Hunnid’, Walton Goggins On ‘John Bronco,’ His Life And Career, And Running Through The House With A Pickle In Your Mouth, The ‘SNL’ You Remember Isn’t Coming Back Anytime Soon, The Greatest Food Porn Scenes In Cinema History — From Timpani To Big Kahuna Burgers — And What We Can Learn From Them, The Best Ways To Research Down Ballot Candidates And State Measures, ‘Eskimo Pies’ Have Rebranded — Here Are Other Products That Should Consider Doing The Same, Today Is The Voting Registration Deadline For Multiple States — Here’s How To Register Now, Alex Gibney’s New Documentary On The Pandemic, ‘Totally Under Control,’ Might Make You Want To Scream. 'Dwight's Christmas' will remove references to an offensive character. In tandem with removing the scene, Daniels also gave a statement intended to explain the decision behind it. The episode sees Dwight (Rainn Wilson) objecting to his co-workers taking offence to the Zwarte Piet/Black Pete character when he tries to celebrate his family's strange holiday traditions in the office — going so far as to have Nate (Mark Proksch) briefly dress up as Black Pete. Head over to our Facebook Group to see new picks every day, and chat with other readers about what they're watching right now.

You can sign up now for a free 30-day trial! I am sorry for the pain that caused.”, An entire episode of Community, meanwhile, has thus far been pulled from at least Netflix’s library, our sister site Variety reports. Why Mad Men isn't removing blackface episode, Netflix removes It's Always Sunny episode, Scrubs episodes featuring blackface taken down, 30 Rock episodes featuring blackface pulled, Scrubs blackface eps could be edited for streaming. Jeff Wachtel Exits As President of NBCUniversal International…, RedBird Grabs Andy Gordon From Goldman Sachs To Open L.A. Office, Jon Favreau Says He's 'Open to the Idea' of a 'Mandalorian' Movie, 'Ridiculousness' Host Steelo Brim Laughs Into Encino Mansion, Winter Weather Will Never Be a Problem With These 10 Snow Boots, Copyright © 2020 TVLine Media, LLC. The episode is still available on Netflix, but the scene cuts away before Nate is revealed in blackface. I am sorry for the pain that caused.".