32 votes, 32 comments. Netflix should add back the Community episode "Advanced Dungeons and Dragons" Petition details. Issues of problematic depictions of blackface in modern television go back the 1990s with the Pokemon anime and beyond. He has long been proud of his geek credentials. Chang's involvement within the episode is short with the character dying within the DnD session. Further reports indicate that Hulu, another popular streaming service, has also removed the episode in question. Covering the hottest movie and TV topics that fans want. Updates. Netflix just pulled a Season 2 episode of 'Community.' About Community. "Advanced Dungeons & Dragons" is the fourteenth episode of the second season of the American comedy television series Community, and the 39th episode of the series overall. This news comes two months after the majority of the Community cast reunited for a live virtual table read. (Hulu removed the episode hours after Netflix.). However, like mentioned in the scene, the blackface wasn't used to be racist. Netflix Removes Controversial Community Episode Netflix pulls one of Community's most beloved episodes, Advanced Dungeons and Dragons, due to a controversial joke in the show's second season. Streaming service Netflix has removed an episode of the fan favorite comedy show Community. Character Shirley Bennett, portrayed by Yvette Nicole Brown, even refers to Chang's makeup as a "hate crime.". 'Advanced Dungeons and Dragons' is no longer available to stream, here's why. The potential poor taste and blackface implications of the makeup is immediately pointed out by the other characters with Shirley (Yvette Nicole Brown), who is a Woman of Color, saying, “So we’re just going to ignore the hate crime, huh?” Chang responds, “I’m a dark elf or a drow.”, It was the 14th episode of Community Season 2. The blackface scene starts soon after the introduction as character Ben Chang, played by Ken Jeong, is painted entirely black with a white wig. Netflix removed the Season 2 episode "Advanced Dungeons and Dragons." Netflix pulls one of Community's most beloved episodes, Advanced Dungeons and Dragons, due to a controversial joke in the show's second season. Others have been torn over its removal. Per Deadline, the season-two episode “Advanced Dungeons & Dragons” has been purged from Netflix and Hulu, as the character Ben Chang (portrayed … As per the sources, it was the decision of only Netflix and this episode is still accessible to see on Hulu. Reasons for signing. A subreddit dedicated to the various iterations of Dungeons & Dragons, from its First … The removal has been met with a mixed reception from the fanbase. “Chang was dressed as a … Netflix has pulled an episode from Season 2 of Community due to its depiction of blackface on Friday. 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Some have praised the decision due to the offensive nature of the blackface joke, despite the show's acknowledgment of it. It aired in the United States on NBC on February 3, 2011. The episode in question is called "Advanced Dungeons & Dragons," and its the 14th episode of Community Season 2. Fans are unsure if the episode will be reuploaded with cuts while some question if recutting the episode is even possible. But as the game evolved, the descriptiveness of its creatures should have evolved with it but it stuck with metallic is good. See why other supporters are signing, why this petition is important to them, and share your reason for signing (this will mean a lot to the starter of the petition). In the episode of Advanced Dungeons & Dragons, the character was dressed like a dark elf or a drow. While Community creator Dan Harmon has remained silent on the decision, Sony Pictures Television, which produced the cult series, announced their “support” for Netflix and later Hulu’s decision. Ever wonder why all the Orcs were black and the only men who supported Mordor in Lord of the Rings were dark skinned and “from the south,” just as Africa is south of Britain? The character is gone before the halfway mark and only has a few scenes. In the episode in question, the controversial incident occurs early when the main characters of the series gather to play an absurdly high-stakes game of Dungeons & Dragons, and the character of Chang (Ken Jeong) arrives wearing pitch black makeup over his skin, a wig of white hair, pointed ears, and contact lenses. When the game was first created and players were taken into dark dungeons to slay the fire breathing dragons, giving descriptive words help with the immersion of the storytelling. Comments. According to The Wrap, the episode, titled "Advanced Dungeons & Dragons," will no longer be available to stream because it features Ben Chang (Ken Jeong) wearing jet-black face and body paint during a role-playing game. Here’s a breakdown of why Netflix is no longer streaming “Advanced Dungeons and Dragons.” ‘Advanced Dungeons and Dragons’ appears on Season 2 of ‘Community’ As the fourteenth episode of Season 2, Advanced Dungeons and Dragons is centered around Neil (Charley Koontz), a fellow Greendale student who is teased about his weight. Netflix removed a fan favorite episode of Community from its streaming service on Friday, deleting “Advanced Dungeons and Dragons” from its selection of season 2 episodes. Netflix Pulls 'Community' Episode 'Advanced Dungeons & Dragons' Due to Blackface Scenes. By the company’s reasoning, this is due to the use of blackface in the episode. RELATED: Twitch Streamer Banned for Using Blackface While Cosplaying As Apex Legends Character, The premise of the episode is the group getting together to play a session of Dungeons and Dragons to help a fellow student. “@netflix removing the Advanced Dungeons and Dragons episode of Community does nothing to heal racial injustice,” one fan wrote on Twitter. No word has been given as to when the episode will be reuploaded or even if it will be. Netflix should add back the Community episode "Advanced Dungeons and Dragons" the_greendale_seven on instagram started this petition to Netflix One of the best episodes of the show Community was removed from netflix for featuring blackface. It also makes me wonder how long until Tropic Thunder is banned from streaming altogether. This is not an entirely new phenomenon although it has recently seen an uptick due to spurred conversations regarding race and representation. This seems like one of the odder pieces of media to get “cancelled” considering it is intentionally vague whether it counts as blackface, and that ambiguity is a not-so-subtle dig at the inherent racism that exists in a plethora of fantasy fiction, like the Dungeons & Dragons covers Community was deconstructing, as well as the decades of such fiction permeating the genre. The sitcom series ran from September 17, 2009, to June 2, 2015. The episode in question was pulled due to a controversial joke regarding a character blackening their skin. In a similar vein, The Office had an episode removed due to blackface. The go-to source for comic book and superhero movie fans. 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