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Why "Mad Men" is keeping its blackface episode upon its return to streaming


Lionsgate released a statement explaining its decision not to pull Season 3’s “My Old Kentucky Home” from the “Mad Men” catalog, despite the recent removals of blackface episodes from several other series, including “30 Rock,” “Community” and “Scrubs.”


The episode depicts Roger Sterling (John Slattery) wearing blackface while singing “My Old Kentucky Home." A new disclaimer for the episode states “This episode contains disturbing images [that show] how commonplace racism was in America in 1963.”


Tina Fey recently requested NBC pull 4 episodes of “30 Rock” featuring blackface from streaming and syndication and issued a controversial apology “for pain they have caused.”


Other scripted shows, including “Community,” “The Office,” “Scrubs” and “The Golden Girls,” have since followed suit in an effort to erase racist tropes and images from their histories.


Late-night TV also has been forced to address blackface scandals after sketches with the hosts of “The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon” and “Jimmy Kimmel Live” performing in blackface resurfaced.


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