Tina Fey pulls 30 Rock episodes
Tina Fey apologises for blackface depictions as 4 episodes disappear from circulation.
Four episodes of 30 Rock are being removed from circulation after creators Tina Fey and Robert Carlock apologised for blackface depictions.
“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,” Fey said in a statement.
Variety reports the episodes are “Believe In The Stars” (season 3, episode 2 2008) and “Christmas Attack Zone” (season 5, episode 10 2010), both of which featured Jane Krakowski’s character Jenna in blackface, as well as “Live from Studio 6H” (season 6, episode 19 2012), which featured Jon Hamm in blackface as part of an “Amos ‘n’ Andy” parody, and the East Coast version of “The Live Show” (season 5, episode 4 2010).
In Australia “Believe In The Stars” and “Christmas Attack Zone” have been removed from Foxtel, Binge and Stan.
A West Coast version of “The Live Show”, which does not include blackface, remains.
At the time of publication all episodes were still available at Amazon Prime.
A Foxtel spokesperson confirmed distributor NBCU had requested the episodes be removed.
Stan has been contacted for comment.