Episodes of “It’s Always Sunny In Philadelphia” have been removed from Netflix, at least two of which feature the characters doing blackface.
Netflix has removed some episodes of the outrageous sitcom, It’s Always Sunny In Philadelphia on the basis that they feature multiple characters doing blackface. Fans started to take notice earlier this week that the ninth episode of the sixth season titled “Dee Reynolds: Shaping America’s Youth” was no longer available for streaming on Netflix. In the episode, main characters Mac and Dee both wear blackface. However, some fans pointed out that it was strange how Netflix opted to take down this episode, but not the season nine episode, “The Gang Makes Lethal Weapon 6,” that also features characters doing blackface.
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“Surely Lethal Weapon 6 is actually worse than the first one?” one user asked, before explaining why he feels that taking these episodes off the streaming platform was contradictory to the nature of the show. “Thing is though, It’s Always Sunny is not racist. The characters are,” he explained. “The entire joke of the show is that these are horrible, terrible people who suffer for their sins. When Mac and Dee do blackface, it’s not glorified at all. It’s heavily shunned by every other character.”
Other echoed these sentiments about the show’s intentions. “Netflix just pulled an episode of its always sunny in Philadelphia because Mac uses blackface in it,” one user noted. “The problem is that the show is satire and is trying to show how ignorant the characters are for their actions. It’s self-aware that the characters are terrible people.”
“Netflix have deleted two episodes of its always sunny in philadelphia that include blackface. People don’t do their f*cking research,” another user said. “The joke is that the characters in the show are such sh*tty people they are oblivious to their own racism. The racist characters ARE the joke.”
According to Metro News, another user claimed that Netflix has now removed four episodes of It’s Always Sunny in total from its catalogue.