Hulu removes three episodes of Scrubs featuring blackface from streaming service
SCRUBS has had three episodes featuring cast members in blackface removed from streaming service Hulu.
The medical comedy ran from 2001 until 2010 and was a huge hit, but in the wake of the Black Lives Matter protests, a number of shows have been re-evaluating their content for racial sensitivity.
After ABC Studios and the show's producers requested the removal of three episodes featuring blackface, Hulu has ditched them from its service.
The episodes in question were season 3's "My Friend the Doctor" and the season 5 episodes "My Jiggly Ball" and "My Chopped Liver."
One featured Zach Braff's character J.D wearing blackface at a party in a flashback scene, while Sarah Chalke's character Elliot wore blackface in a fantasy scene.
The axed Scrubs episodes comes just days after Tina Fey requested four episodes of her show 30 Rock be removed from streaming and syndication services.
Variety reported a note written by Tina to the platforms read: "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.
"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.
"I thank NBCUniversal for honoring this request."
The episodes in question are season three's Believe In The Stars and season five's Christmas Attack Zone.
Both episodes featured Jane Krakowski’s character Jenna in blackface, while season six's Live from Studio 6H featured Jon Hamm in blackface as part of an Amos ‘n’ Andy parody.
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