Popular comedy Scrubs is the latest show to be haunted for its racially callous episodes from the past. The deadline has confirmed that Hulu has removed episodes of the series with characters in blackface.
Bill Lawrence, who created the series, responded to a tweet asking the streamer to remove the black-face episodes after NBCUniversal did the same for the episodes of 30 Rock. A Twitter user said the same thing needed to be done with Scrubs and Lawrence replied: “Okay. Already in the works.”
The three episodes in question include the episode titled “My Fifteen Seconds” from season 3, as well as “My Jiggly Ball” and “My Chopped Liver” from season 5. The episodes feature the character of Zach Braff, JD, and the Sarah Chalke character in black face. Scrubs He debuted in 2001 and ran for nine seasons, first on NBC and then moved to ABC during seasons eight and nine.
Eliminating black-face episodes from 30 rocks and Scrubs It comes at a time of reckoning for television’s shameful past with representation and mockery of the race. HBO Max removed gone With the Wind from its newly launched streaming platform, but is set to bring the film back with a disclaimer on the historical context. Jimmy Kimmel also recently apologized for his black-faced impersonation of NBA star Karl Malone on Comedy Central. The spectacle of man.