Hulu removes American sitcom Golden Girls’ episode with actresses Betty White, Rue McClanahan in blackface

In line with the ongoing protests against racism, television network Hulu has removed an episode of the American sitcom The Golden Girls that featured a scene with characters in blackface.

The scene removed from the streaming platform was of episode 23 of the sitcom, ‘Mixed Feelings,’ in season 3, that showed characters of Betty White and Rue McClanahan in blackface, wrote .

Two weeks before, the classic Oscar-winning movie Gone With the Wind was temporarily removed from the libraries of HBO Max citing a need to address its racist depictions.

However, on June 25, the 1939 released epic was brought back for public viewing with an introductory disclaimer that discusses the historical context of the movie.

Talk show host Jimmy Kimmel apologised recently for his 1990s blackface impressions of NBA player Karl Malone and other Black celebrities but said his delay in addressing the subject came in part to avoid handing a victory to his foes.

Four episodes of the comedy 30 Rock were pulled from circulation because they featured characters performing in blackface. Tina Fey, who also starred as Liz Lemon in the series about the backstage world of a television show, said in a note to distributors that “I understand now that ‘intent’ is not a free pass for white people to use these images.”

(With inputs from Asian News International)

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