Netflix has removed an episode of It's Always Sunny In Philadelphia over jokes featuring blackface. The ninth episode of the sixth season, titled Dee Reynolds: Shaping America's Youth, is no longer available on the streaming service.
The episode, which sees characters Mac and Dee both wear blackface, was taken down on June 11.
Netflix has reported on the moves and TV shows that it has banned at the request of governments. Netflix writes:
We offer creators the ability to reach audiences all around the world. However, our catalog varies from country to country, including
for rights reasons (i.e., we don't have the rights to show everything in every country where we operate). In some cases we've also been forced to remove specific titles or episodes of titles in specific countries due to government takedown demands.
Below are the titles we've removed to date, as of February 2020 -- just nine in total since we launched. Beginning next year, we will report these takedowns annually.
In 2015, Netflix complied with the New Zealand Film and Video Labeling Body to remove The Bridge . The film is classified as "objectionable" in the country.
In 2017, Netflix complied with Vietnamese Authority of
Broadcasting and Electronic Information (ABEI) to remove Full Metal Jacket.
In 2017, Netflix complied with the German Commission for Youth Protection (KJM) to remove Night of the Living Dead . A version of the film is
also banned in the country. There's a discussion of exactly which version is banned in a German language article from schnittberichte.com
Netflix complied with the Singapore Infocomm Media Development Authority (IMDA) to remove Cooking on High (TV series about cooking with cannabis) , The Legend of 420 (a comedy documentary about cannabis) , and Disjointed
(TV series about cannabis) from the service in Singapore only.
In 2019, Netflix complied with the Saudi Communication and Information Technology Commission to remove one episode -- "Saudi Arabia" -- from Patriot Act with
Hasan Minhaj (comedy TV news, talk show) .
In 2019, Netflix complied with the Singapore Infocomm Media Development Authority (IMDA) to remove The Last Temptation of Christ.
In 2020, Netflix complied with the
Singapore Infocomm Media Development Authority (IMDA) to remove The Last Hangover . This is the Brazilian TV comedy about a gay Christ that proved controversial in Brazil.
The First Temptation of Christ (A Primeira Tentação de Cristo) is a 2019 Brazil comedy short film by Rodrigo Van Der Put. Starring Evelyn Castro, Gregório Duvivier and Fábio Porchat.
Jesus, who's hitting the big 3-0, brings a surprise guest to meet the family.
A judge in Brazil has ruled that a film depicting Jesus as gay must be removed from the TV streaming service Netflix.
The film, The First Temptation of Christ, infuriated some Christians in the country.Two million people signed a petition calling for it to be banned, and the production company was attacked with Molotov cocktails last month.
In the ruling against
Netflix, the judge said: The right to freedom of expression... is not absolute.
The ban is a temporary injunction whilst a final decision is made by a higher court.
Brazil's Supreme Court has overturned a ruling that TV streaming service Netflix must remove a film depicting
Jesus as gay.
The film, The First Temptation of Christ, infuriated fervent Christians in the country. But Supreme Court president Dias Toffoli said on Thursday that Netflix should be allowed to continue streaming the show, stating that freedom of
speech was fundamental in a democracy. The judge said:
One cannot suppose that a humorous satire has the ability to weaken the values of the Christian faith, whose existence is traced back more than two thousand years,
and which is the belief of the majority of Brazilian citizens.