NATIONWIDE – It is further evidence that protests after the death of George Floyd have a profound effect on the television landscape. Four episodes of the popular “30 Rock” depicting characters in blackface are withdrawn from circulation.
Originally aired from 2006 to 2013, the NBC comedy remains popular in syndication and is available to stream on platforms such as iTunes, Amazon Prime, Hulu, and Peacock.
The change is commissioned by series maker and star Tina Fey.
In a letter to distributors, Fey wrote in part, “I apologize for the pain they have caused. In the future, no comedy-loving boy really needs to stumble upon these tropics and get stung by their ugliness. “
The episodes in question were broadcast in 2008 and 2010.
The move comes on the heels of HBO Max temporarily removing “Gone With the Wind” from the streaming selection and the cancellation of both the long-running “Cops” and “Live PD”.
Blackface is theatrical makeup worn mainly by non-black actors to depict a caricature of a black person. It was a tradition in American theater for about 100 years, starting around 1830. It contributed to the spread of black stereotypes and has been considered offensive since at least the mid-20s.th century.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.