Streaming services like Netflix, HBO Max and BBC iPlayer have all this week removed content from their platforms that are racially discriminatory and insensitive.
That move follows the death of George Floyd, a 46-year-old black American who was pinned to the ground on May 25 in Minneapolis.
According to The Guardian , Netflix has removed the TV series The Mighty Boosh and The League of Gentlemen due to white actors’ racist interpretations of black characters – so-called “blackface”. According to the BBC, the comedy series Little Britain was scrapped on Netflix and BBC iPlayer for the same reason, while Variety reported four controversial comedy shows by Australian comedian Chris Lilley also “quietly” disappeared from Netflix.
A spokeswoman for HBO Max told Variety that the 1939 movie Gone with the Wind was removed from their platform due to numerous racial bias in the text and racial stereotypes found in the movie. The movie, which was awarded eight Oscars – including the best co-star for Hattie McDaniel, the first black person to win an Oscar – will apparently be available again on the platform later, along with a conversation that sets the historical context of the movie and expose racist depictions in it.
Netflix, meanwhile, has also put together a #BlackLivesMatter collection on its platform that summarizes content with the “powerful and intricate narratives of black people’s experiences”.
The showmax streaming service is currently reviewing at least six Leon Schuster films in its catalog for content that may be “racially insensitive”.
The streaming service pending this review earlier this week has already removed six Schuster films as a “precautionary measure”.