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The Workplace: NBC and Netflix Remove Blackface Scene from "Dwight Christmas" Episode

Neighborhood isn’t the one NBC present being re-examined for racially insensitive materials. The Workplace can be returning to the chopping room as a result of a controversial scene from its ultimate season, which aired in 2012-2013. In line with Selection, NBC and Netflix have eliminated a scene that includes a personality in blackface from its season 9 vacation episode, “Dwight Christmas.” The scene will now not seem on Netflix, NBC’s Peacock (when the present hits the service in 2021), or syndication.

Within the episode, Jim convinces everybody to have fun a conventional “Schrute Pennsylvania Dutch Christmas,” ditching the standard vacation cheer for a extra…rustic strategy. Enter Dwight as Belsnickel, a personality from Dutch folklore offered within the episode as a extra hardcore “gift-bringer” than that jolly outdated Santa. As Dwight says within the episode, Belsnickel was created to encourage the worry that Santa doesn’t. This makes him a lot “cooler” in Dwight’s opinion.

We additionally be taught within the episode that Belsnickel has a helper named Zwarte Piet (the English translation is “Black Peter”), a clearly racist folkloric character that's historically performed by a white individual in blackface and crimson lipstick. Within the episode, Dwight has his assistant Nate (Mark Porksch) costume up as Black Peter earlier than calling off the stunt when he realizes the stunt is racist. This results in a scene the place we see Nate strolling by way of the Dunder Mifflin car parking zone in blackface and wearing renaissance apparel earlier than turning again.

The Black Peter custom has been the topic of re-examination in real-life, too. In 2018, Nationwide Geographic reported on protests within the Netherlands over the character, with many Dutch folks calling for Black Peter’s elimination from conventional vacation celebrations within the nation. “Neo-Nazis responded violently” to those protests, in response to Nat Geo.

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