We Can’t Just Pretend That These TV Shows Never Used Blackface


The date… June 30! The time… News O’Clock!

On today’s episode of News O’Clock:

It’s seeming more and more likely that President Trump ignored warnings that Russia was paying militants to hunt US soldiers in Afghanistan.

As coronavirus cases continue to rise in the U.S., states are rolling back their plans to re-open. At the same time, Republican leaders, including Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, have started to urge Americans to wear masks.

Chip Somodevilla / Getty Images

WASHINGTON, DC – JUNE 17: Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) joins fellow Republicans for a news conference to unveil the GOP’s legislation to address racial disparities in law enforcement at the U.S. Capitol June 17, 2020 in Washington, DC. Sen. Tim Scott (R-SC), the Senate’s lone black Republican, lead the effort to write the Just and Unifying Solutions to Invigorate Communities Everywhere (JUSTICE) Act, which discourages the use of chokeholds, requires police departments to release more information on use of force and no-knock warrants, and encourages body cameras and better training. (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)

According to Ann Hathaway, director Christopher Nolan might not let his actors sit down on set which seems…really weird?

Yesterday, Reddit updated its content policy to ban hate speech and purged its website of thousands of subreddits, including r/The_Donald and r/ChapoTrapHouse.

And, there’s been a recent wave of TV shows like — 30 Rock and Community — that have removed episodes that use blackface from streaming and syndication. But is that the best solution? We have a conversation with screenwriter Alanna Bennett (CW’s Roswell, New Mexico) about it.


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