Netflix removed due to popular sitcom “Community”: The behind it
“Advanced Dungeons & Dragons” (in German: “Fat Neil Strikes Back”), the 14th episode of the second season of “community” is no longer available at Netflix. The reason: The Chang, played by Ken Jeong wearing a blackened maltes face as a result.
Whether feature films such as “Gone with the Wind”, fiction shows like “30 Rock” and “The Golden Girls” or the late-night format with Jimmy Kimmel and Jimmy Fallon: News scour the studios, TV channels and streaming providers their libraries racial contents to be provided at least with a warning or remove. However the removed show is still available to watch on primewire streaming site.
The great sitcom “Community” is affected, which (as it would express the Greendale students and the 32nd of March) is available in Germany since April 1 in Germany in 2020 at Netflix.
No “Advanced Dungeons & Dragons” more in “Community”
Even before the weekend’s episode “Advanced Dungeons & Dragons” was announced that Netflix and the US streaming service Hulu plan (in German it is called, “Fat Neil Strikes Back”) to be deleted because blackface from the offer. Since the weekend, which is now also take the German Netflix.
the episode “Advanced Dungeons & Dragons” (in German it is called, “Fat Neil Strikes Back”) because of blackface from the offer to cancel
This happens in the “Community” episode that was removed:
Chang, played by Ken Jeong has disguised as drow or dark elf and painted – this is a race of evil elves from the world of “Dungeons & Dragons” with black skin and white hair.
It is not strictly speaking an African American figure, as represented in the racist tradition of blackface (the tradition goes back to the American theater and entertainment scene of the 18th century back, the stereotype of a cheerful in black angemalte white artists, stupid, African-American slaves embodied).
The problem with the scene
But that can be seen as a blackface the appearance of Ken Jeong very well even discussed in the sequence itself: “Ignore we there just this hate crime,” the Shirley played by Yvette Nicole Brown commented on the masquerade of Chang, whereupon he declared that he plays the Drow (which was for the author of these lines as “Dungeons & Dragons” fan immediately the first association).
The joke, then, is that the panel is not a blackface in the true sense, but looks like this. And the makers were aware of the potential problems of Chang’s masquerade probably aware.
But even if one is aware that a representation is questionable, it does not make it less of a concern. And completely regardless of whether they think this scene funny, many viewers are likely to interfere with it, simply because of the connection to a racist tradition to which they think the sight of painted Ken Jeong.
The decision by Netflix, Hulu and the producing studio Sony Pictures Television, the “Community” episode to remove, can be understood as a symbol against any kind of blackface and racism.