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'The Office' And 'Community' Pull Scenes With Blackface

Alicia D'Aversa 26 Jun 2020

Currently, the world is going through a major shift in tone when it comes to addressing racism. People are reflecting, and so is Hollywood.

Movies and shows are being analyzed by fans and by the showrunners, to look at the problematic and hurtful moments that they showcased, whether intentional or not.

Shows, in particular, are going through their content to remove hurtful scenes.

Many sitcoms, and shows in general, are currently looking at themselves in the mirror and figuring out what needs to change.

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This has led to several sitcoms recasting voice actors, and removing episodes that feature blackface.

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One of the episodes of The Office and Community were recently changed as a result.

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The Office removed the scene where Dwight Schrute's cousin is wearing blackface in the Christmas episode.

Greg Daniels, the showrunner, addressed the incident.

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“The show employed satire to expose unacceptable behaviour and deliver a message of inclusion,” he said.

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"Today we cut a shot of an actor wearing blackface that was used to criticize a specific racist European practice. Blackface is unacceptable and making the point so graphically is hurtful and wrong."

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"I am sorry for the pain that caused."

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As for Community, they have removed the “Advanced Dungeons & Dragons” episode where Ken Joeng's character is doing the same.

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