The May 25 killing of George Floyd whereas within the custody of Minneapolis police prompted protests over police brutality and racial injustice throughout the nation — main many networks and streaming companies to rethink programming. Here are some films and TV exhibits which have been canceled or shelved (typically quickly).
In the wake of protests over police brutality following the killing of George Floyd by a Minneapolis police officer, the Paramount Network canceled the long-running actuality present “COPS” one week forward of premiering its 33rd season. The present, which ran on Fox for 25 years, jumped to Paramount Network (then referred to as Spike TV) in 2013.
“Gone With the Wind”
HBO Max quietly pulled the Oscar-winning 1939 film, which has lengthy been criticized for racist depictions of black individuals for for glorifying the Civl War-era south, from the weeks-old streaming service. In an announcement on June 9, the corporate defined that the “ethnic and racial prejudices” depicted within the movie “were wrong then and are wrong today.” The firm mentioned it plans to reintroduce the movie later “with a discussion of its historical context and a denouncement of those very depictions.”
On June 10, A&E abruptly canceled the Dan Abrams-hosted actuality present “Live PD” that had been its top-rated collection. The determination got here amid ongoing protests over police brutality but additionally adopted producers’ admission that they had destroyed footage of a 40-year-old Texas man who died in police custody after being tased whereas begging for his life.
Chris Lilley’s “Summer Heights High,” “Angry Boys,” “We Can Be Heroes” and “Jonah From Tonga”
Four comedies from Australian comedian Chris Lilley had been pulled from Netflix in New Zealand and Australia on account of criticisms of the exhibits’ depictions of individuals of shade and using blackface and brownface make-up by Lilley, who’s white, and others on the exhibits. Lilley makes use of blackface to play black rapper S.mouse in “Angry Boys” and brownface to play Jonah, a teenage Tonga native, in “Summer Heights High” and its spinoff collection “Jonah From Tonga.” In “We Can Be Heroes,” he performs Ricky Wong, a Chinese physics pupil.
The BBC sketch comedy present, which aired from 2003-05 and featured David Walliams and Matt Lucas enjoying a spread of typically stereotypical characters (typically in blackface) was pulled from most U.Ok. streaming companies in early June, together with Netflix, BBC iPlayer and BritBox.
The BBC eliminated a 1975 episode of the traditional John Cleese sitcom that included plenty of racial epithets, together with the N-word, from its UKTV streaming service. After lobbying from Cleese and others, the community introduced it could reinstate the episode with “extra guidance and warnings … to highlight potentially offensive content.”
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