In light of the Black Lives Matter protests happening across the globe, many TV shows have been attempting to scrub up their act by removing racist practices from their catalog of episodes.
The latest to make a change is The Office - removing a "racist" scene from one of its episodes. Now, the show's creator has spoken out...
Attention on the Black Lives Matter movement has increased like never before.The movement, which initially started with the hashtag #blacklivesmatter, was first founded back in 2013. But in recent weeks, following the horrific death of George Floyd, people are finally paying attention and educating themselves on systematic racism and police brutality.
In light of protests happening across the globe...Several popular TV shows and movies have been called into question for racism.
And one of those is The Office.The sitcom has had a "racist" scene in one of its episodes pulled.
Out of all the sitcoms, The Office is one of the most popular out there.Originally airing in 2005, the comedy was an instant hit and, over the years, it has grown to become one of the most popular shows of all time.
Some of you may not realize, but The Office is actually a remake.Our version of the show is based loosely on the 2001 British BBC series of the same name, which was written by comedian and actor, Ricky Gervais.
The British version of the show was an instant hit over in the U.K...So, working with NBC, Gervais decided to make an American adaptation.
And thus, The Office we all know and love was born.The pilot episode of our version of the mockumentary was based heavily around the script of the British pilot but, as the seasons went on and the show grew in popularity, the American adaptation became steadily more unique.
While David Brent was reknown for his petty, attention-seeking, and somewhat mean-spirited demeanor...Michael Scott was more like a big child and, though he could be just as awkward and petty as the original boss, was notably loveable in a way that Brent could never achieve.
The show ran for 9 seasons...Before finally coming to an end in 2013.
Over the years, The Office gained a faithful cult following...
The struggle is real #TheOffice https://t.co/jEtHpDU9SA— Baby Charlotte (@Baby Charlotte)1515075433.0
People absolutely love the show.
The Office theme song is the most uplifting piece of music ever recorded— Noah (@Noah)1516073585.0
There are certain scenes from The Office that will never get old.
My mom is talking about taking a pot of chili to my grandma's house and all I can think of is Kevin from The Office https://t.co/gFAydqhxx2— Rebeca with one C (@Rebeca with one C)1482369359.0
And the inside jokes from the show still strike a chord today.
Should I try to go in? https://t.co/HDpPqzA0by— Jenna Fischer (@Jenna Fischer)1486420352.0
The show's influence is huge.And has a duty to be responsible for the content it puts out, given the amount of people who still watch it.
On Friday, a change to one of its episodes was announced.The scene in question appeared in “Dwight Christmas," the 9th episode of the show’s 9th season.
In the episode, Dwight convinces his colleagues to celebrate a “Pennsylvania Dutch Christmas" for Dunder Mifflin’s Christmas party.As part of the event, one of the show’s characters - Nate Nickerson - almost shows up to the party dressed up as Zwarte Piet, St Nicholas’s companion.
Piet is often portrayed by people in blackface.And during the episode, we see Nate getting into Blackface after receiving a text from Dwight before returning later on, having removed most of his make-up.
People were shocked that they hadn't even noticed blackface in the show.
wait............ ur telling me the office did blackface and y’all RAAAVVVEEE about it— nathaniel (@nathaniel)1593407798.0
Some raised this point, however.
imo, blackface is bad when it’s used to imitate/make fun of actual black people. IASIP used it to show how ignora… https://t.co/t0gHeC3yU4— Dods (@Dods)1593408405.0
Now, the show's creator Greg Daniels has spoken out about the scene in question."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 told The Wrap. “The show employed satire to expose unacceptable behavior and deliver a message of inclusion."
@IGN I’ve never watched the Office, but why the ever loving fuck was there black face in it to begin with.— Cas 🏳️🌈🏳️⚧️ (@Cas 🏳️🌈🏳️⚧️)1593376941.0