In the 1988 episode “Mixed Blessings,” (episode 23 in season 3), Dorothy is against her son Michael’s engagement to an older black women named Lorraine. Lorraine’s family arrives just as Rose and Blanche are testing out a new mud face treatment. The two greet the family with their masks still on, saying to them “This is mud on our faces, we’re not really Black.”
So… is it really blackface?
Watch below and decide for yourself.
This episode wasn't racist. It centered on Dorothy's son impregnating and marrying an older black woman and was groundbreaking and smart, unlike the Tina Fey foolishness. Blanche and Rose were getting mud facials. Just stop killing us and leave my GGs alone. https://t.co/9ep3xMFYUr— Jamey_Giddens (@Jamey_Giddens) June 28, 2020
Rosalind Cash was amazing in that Golden Girl episode, as were the women who played her mom and aunts. I wanted them to get a spinoff. That episode tackle racism, ageism and sexism in a smart way. 30 Rock did blackface for foolishness. https://t.co/mT2lTQXnOz— Jamey_Giddens (@Jamey_Giddens) June 28, 2020
The Golden Girls episode is the just the latest in a string of shows that have had episodes taken down from their catalogues due to blackface.
On Friday, “The Office” creator Greg Daniels confirmed that a scene from the episode “Dwight Christmas,” in which a character is in blackface, has been edited out. “30 Rock” creator Tina Fey asked for multiple episodes of the show to be removed from streaming services for having characters in blackface, and both Netflix and Hulu have removed the “Advanced Dungeons & Dragons” episode of “Community.” In addition, Hulu has removed three episodes of “Scrubs” and Netflix took the entire series “Little Britain” off of their platform for having blackface scenes.