‘Mad Men’ To Stream Blackface Episode On IMDb TV And It Will Debut With A Disclaimer – AMC has decided against removing episode three of Mad Men’s third season titled “My Old Kentucky Home,” which contains blackface, despite many television series’ discarding such content from their catalogs.
‘Mad Men’ To Stream Blackface Episode On IMDb TV And It Will Debut With A Disclaimer:
After spending the past nine months shopping global and streaming rights to its Emmy-winning drama, producer Lionsgate Television has sold the Jon Hamm starrer to Amazon and the show’s original subscription-based network, AMC, in a sprawling deal.
Starring a stellar cast of Don Draper, Peggy Olson and Pete Campbell, “Mad Men” returns to streaming but the series makers have confirmed that the series will also come with a new disclaimer, specifically for third season episode “My Old Kentucky Home.” That is, as you may have already guessed, the episode where John Slattery’s Roger Sterling puts on blackface in order to serenade his new wife.
In the controversial episode from the show’s third season titled “My Old Kentucky Home,” Roger Sterling (John Slattery) shamelessly wears blackface while serenading Jane (Peyton List) with a rendition of “My Old Kentucky Home” at a country club Derby party.
AMC Will Not Remove Blackface Episode From Mad Men And Adds Disclaimer Ahead Of Streaming Launch:
On Wednesday, Lionsgate released a statement explaining its decision not to remove the scene or the episode from circulation as the scene “shows how commonplace racism was in America in 1963.” Instead, the installment will be preceded with the following disclaimer:
“This episode contains disturbing images related to race in America,” the title card will read. “One of the characters is shown in blackface as part of an episode that shows how commonplace racism was in America in 1963.
“In its reliance on historical authenticity, the series producers are committed to exposing the injustices and inequities within our society that continue to this day so we can examine even the most painful parts of our history in order to reflect on who we are today and who we want to become. We are therefore presenting the original episode in its entirety.”
AMC’s decision comes in the wake of Black Lives Matter protests, after which several TV shows like “30 Rock,” “Community,” “Scrubs,” and “Golden Girls” removed multiple episodes over blackface concerns.
Earlier, HBO Max pulled off “Gone with the Wind” for the same reason but re-uploaded it on the streamer with disclaimers. “Mad Men” showrunners seem to have taken the historical context into consideration and no sooner did the news circulate on social media, it was met with positive responses.
Amazon and IMDb TV will have exclusive rights to the series through the summer. Amazon’s Prime Video’s international streaming rights will be effective July 3 in Europe, Australia, Latin America and elsewhere; July 15 in Japan, Israel, Indonesia and Thailand; Oct. 1 in Canada and Nov. 1 in the Netherlands. Starzplay will also have international streaming rights to the “Mad Men” series across Europe, Japan and Latin America, starting Oct. 1. (Lionsgate owns Starz.)