The exceptionally popular AMC drama, which ran for seven seasons prior to taking its final draft in 2015, will return shortly to streaming. When it does, Lionsgate has announced it will present a controversial episode where John Slattery’s character appears in blackface in total.
The show gained acclaim for its period-appropriate look and composing, frequently portraying overt acts of sexism and racism which were not considered problematic from the 1960s. In a statement offered to Fox News, the studio noted that its conclusion was made in a bid to highlight how ordinary acts of racism were in the time.
“This incident includes disturbing pictures related to race in America. One of the figures is shown in blackface as a portion of an episode which reveals how trivial racism was in America in 1963,” the statement reads. “In its dependence on historic validity, the series producers are devoted to exposing the injustices and inequities in our society which continue to this day so we are able to analyze even the most painful elements of our history in order to reflect on who we are today and who we would like to become. We are therefore introducing the first episode completely.”
The conclusion regarding”Mad Men” comes in a time when Hollywood is under heightened sensitivity to blackface following a slew of protests throughout the country about systemic racism and police brutality sparked by the passing of George Floyd on May 25.
John Slattery as Roger Sterling in ‘Mad Men.’
(James Minchin III/AMC)
Tina Fey requested that NBCUniversal remove an episode of her series”30 Stone” that featured a character in blackface. Meanwhile, Hulu announced it’s removing an episode of their”Golden Girls” while an episode of”The Office” was edited for all streaming programs and syndication to remove a joke comprising a character in blackface.
“We hired makeup artists to make me seem like Karl Malone as you can. I never considered that this may be seen as anything apart from an imitation of a fellow human being, one which had no more than it did his muscles to do with the skin colour of Karl and bald head. I’ve done heaps of opinions of people, including Snoop Dogg, Oprah, Eminem, Dick Vitale, Rosie, and more. In every scenario, I thought of them as impersonations of celebrities and nothing more,” Kimmel stated in his apology announcement .