Tina Fey Asks To Have ’30 Rock’ Episodes Featuring Blackface Pulled From Streaming – Tina Fey, fellow 30 Rock creator Robert Carlock, and NBC Universal have asked that episodes of the NBC sitcom featuring white characters donning blackface be pulled from streaming and syndication.
Tina Fey Asks To Have ’30 Rock’ Episodes Featuring Blackface Pulled From Streaming:
In a letter penned by Tina Fey — along with executive producer Robert Carlock — and sent to the media platforms streaming the show ’30 Rock,’ she wrote to the platforms saying that the episodes are “best taken out of circulation” and apologizing “for pain they have caused.”
“As we strive to do the work and do better in regards to race in America, we believe that these episodes featuring actors in race-changing makeup are best taken out of circulation,” Fey said in a note obtained by Variety. “I understand now that ‘intent’ is not a free pass for white people to use these images. I apologize for pain they have caused.”
“Going forward, no comedy-loving kid needs to stumble on these tropes and be stung by their ugliness,” Fey added. “I thank NBCUniversal for honoring this request.”
The four episodes in question are “Believe in the Stars” (Season 3, episode 2), the East Coast version of “ The Live Show” (Season 5, episode 4), “Christmas Attack Zone” (Season 5, episode 10), and “Live from Studio 6H” (Season 6, episode 19).
“30 Rock” Blackface Episodes Pulled From Streaming, Syndication At Tina Fey Request:
The four episodes of ’30 Rock’ will reportedly be taken down by the end of the week, and will no longer be re-aired on television broadcasts, and viewers will also no longer be able to purchase the episodes from on iTunes and Google Play, while some episodes have already been removed from Amazon and Hulu.
At creator Tina Fey’s insistence, the following four episodes of the NBC show ’30 Rock,’ are being removed from syndication and streamers.
Season 3, Episode 2, “Believe in the Stars”: Jenna (Jane Krakowski) and Tracy Jordan (Tracy Morgan) deciding to swap identities in order to determine whether black men or white women faced more challenges in society.
Season 5, Episode 10, “Christmas Attack Zone”: Jenna dresses up Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver Lynn Swann for a New Year’s Eve party where the theme is cultural phenomena from 2010—Jenna has come as “Black Swan(n).”
Season 6, Episode 19, “Live from Studio 6H”: In a scene that is criticizing TV’s historic use of blackface, Jon Hamm appeared in one of the pulled episodes in a wig and blackface as part of a spoof of Amos ‘n’ Andy.
Season 5, Episode 4 “Live Show” (East Coast version): More of a case of “blackhand” than “blackface”—in one cutaway scene, Jon Hamm, has lost both of his hands, but gets a hand transplant from a black man from death row, whose hands then try to strangle him.
The removal of the four ’30 Rock’ episodes comes shortly after HBO Max announced they would be temporarily removing Gone From the Wind from their streaming catalog, until they include additional content providing historical context to the film’s controversial depictions of slavery and the Civil War.