According to the network, several episodes of the Adult swim series have been permanently retired due to some cultural sensitivities, including those from the Aqua Teen Hunger Force and The Boondocks. The page that first reported the news also noticed that some of the Reddit users had pointed out the episode, Shake Like Me, of Aqua Teen Hunger Force and The Boondocks episode, The Story of Jimmy Rebel could not be found on the online streaming service providing platform, HBO Max, which is launched by the WarnerMedia in the spring. In Shake Like Me, a reference to the Black Like Me, the John Howard Griffin book, Shake learns what it is like to be a stereotype after being bitten by a Black Man who is radioactive.
All of this information was according to the description of the episode given by IMDb. In the description on the site of The Story of Jimmy Rebel, Ruckus finds his musical soul mate in the famed racist country-western singer, Jimmy Rebel. According to the sources, one of those episodes was uploaded to HBO Max accidentally, due to an error in the software and it was then promptly removed. Here the episodes in question were not the part of the original licencing deal between Adult Swim and HBO Max.
Aqua Teen Hunger Force The Boondocks Episodes Retired Due To Cultural Sensitivities
But the 2018 “The Shivering Truth” episode “The Ogled Inklings” will return to the Adult Swim site and HBO Max as per an Adult Swim spokesperson, in the future after being “temporarily rested.”
The move follows other networks and streaming platforms’ decisions over the summer to remove episodes containing blackface. Hulu removed three episodes of “Scrubs” that featured blackface following requests from “Scrubs” creator Bill Lawrence and ABC Studios. And “30 Rock” creators Tina Fey and Robert Carlock, alongside series owner NBCUniversal, asked platforms and networks to remove four episodes featuring characters in blackface to be removed from streaming and syndication. Netflix has also removed an episode of Bob Odenkirk and David Cross’ 2015 comedy series “W/Bob and David” that featured Cross in blackface.
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