The Internet Backlashed After Tina Fey Removed FOUR episodes of “30 Rock”

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The creator and writer of “30 Rock”, Tina Fey,  requested all stream platforms to take down 4 episodes in which the characters appear in blackfaces. NBCUniversal and the show’s co-creator Robert Carlock signed the letter that went out to all streaming platforms regarding this matter. From now on, these four episodes will no longer be available on Hulu, Amazon Prime, iTunes, or any reruns of the show. The episodes in question are “Believe in the Stars”, “Christmas Attack Zone”, “Live from Studio 6H” and the East Coast version of the “Live Show”.

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The creator of “30 Rock”, Tina Fey


In a note to the press, Fey wrote “As we strive to do the work and do better in regards to race in America, we believe that these episodes featuring actors in race-changing makeup are best taken out of circulation.” She also claims to understand that ‘intent’ is not a free pass for white people to use any racist images. Besides this, Tina Fey apologized for the pain that 30 Rock has caused. She went on to say that “going forward, no comedy-loving kid needs to stumble on these tropes and be stung by their ugliness.” If this was Fay’s attempt to give herself some leeway for the past wrongdoings, it didn’t quite achieve the desired outcome. Simply put, the internet didn’t go easy on her.  For example, one user called her out: “How did Tina Fey just realize that blackface is bad?”



Nevertheless, Tina Fey made racist comments all across her work, according to the internet. This includes using yellow faces in ‘Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt’ and repeatedly using Asian stereotypes.  On top of these, she had also previously cast white actors in the roles of Native Americans.



As normal human beings, we all make mistakes. Indeed, it’s important to learn from those mistakes. However, learning from mistakes includes recognizing the wrongdoings and actively making an effort to correct them. Thus, simply disguising the misconducts might cause more backfires. What do you think of Tina Fey and NBCUniversal’s decision to take down the four episodes? Comment down below!

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