The Office and Community are the latest NBC comedies to edit episodes featuring blackface.
As Variety reports, a 2012 episode from The Office,"Dwight Christmas" has been edited to take out a scene in which one of the characters, office assistant Nate (Mark Proksch) is coerced by Dwight (Rainn Wilson) to dress in blackface as a nod to the European Christmas character Zwarte Piet.
Greg Daniels, the show's creator, has put forth a statement about the episode.
"The Office is about a group of people trying to work together with mutual respect despite the inappropriate actions of their boss and assistant manager," he said. "The show employed satire to expose unacceptable behavior and deliver a message of inclusion. 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. I am sorry for the pain that cause."
Netflix is also censoring Community by removing a second season episode called "Advanced Dungeons & Dragons," in which Ken Jeong's character Ben Chang appears in blackface, with the joke being that he's unaware is "dark elf" character is actually racist. The service has also removed Matt Lucas and David Walliams' series Little Britain and Come Fly With Me which contained several instances of blackface, and
This follows NBC removing several episodes of 30 Rock from syndication because of several instances of blackface.