The real reason Why These South Park episodes were Stored off HBO Max
HBO also temporarily removed the Civil War epic Gone With the Wind to add a disclaimer about the film’s overt glorification of the era of slavery (the film has now returned to the ceremony with an important prologue attached). Meanwhile, shows like 30 Rock, Scrubs, and It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia have permanently pulled episodes from streaming that feature blackface, an offensive heritage based on Jim Crow-era minstrel shows. Despite the fact that the founders of these shows definitely supposed to make fun of people that would think using blackface is acceptable, showrunners like Tina Fey have admitted that the mere depiction is hurtful, and the episodes are now gone from the streaming landscape.
Some performers are choosing to vacate functions to make room as creatives grapple with their pasts. Actresses Jenny Slate and Kristen Bell have left their animated shows — Big Mouth and Central Park, respectively — with the complete support of their respective creative teams. Both have acknowledged that those roles going forward should fill, and were voicing personalities that were Black.
2020 has proven to be an overwhelming moment in civil rights, not just in the United States, but throughout the world. Television and film has been re-examining certain pieces of their past and putting some out to pasture, beyond these five South Park episodes.
Since the television landscape changes, founders must react and respectfully engage their pasts as best as possible, and obviously, South Park is not the only show looking closely at its own heritage.