Hulu Pulls 'Golden Girls' Episode with Blackface Joke, Twitter Reacts

Monday June 29, 2020

From left, Estelle Getty, Rue McClanahan, Bea Arthur and Betty White are seen in this undated publicity image from the TV series "The Golden Girls."
From left, Estelle Getty, Rue McClanahan, Bea Arthur and Betty White are seen in this undated publicity image from the TV series "The Golden Girls."  (Source:ABC Studios via AP)

Hulu announced over the weekend that it removed an episode of "The Golden Girls" for a joke about blackface that features stars Rue McClanahan and Betty White wearing mud masks, Entertainment Weekly reports.

The episode is called "Mixed Blessings" and it's from the sitcom's third season. EW writes the episode "shows Dorothy's (Bea Arthur) son Michael (Scott Jacoby) introduce the family to his betrothed Lorraine (Rosalind Cash), a 40-year-old Black woman. The controversial moment in the episode features Blanche (McClanahan) and Rose (White) wearing mud masks that confuses Lorraine's mom Greta (Virginia Capers), who isn't wearing her glasses, into thinking those were Michael's parents — who, until that moment, she believes is Black."

"The Golden Girls" is the latest TV show to have episodes featuring blackface removed. "The Office," "Scrubs," "Little Britain," "30 Rock" and others have nixed similar episodes.

Nevertheless, Twitter users were quick to react to Hulu's decision, with many people saying the streamer made the wrong move. Check out some of the responses below.






















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