Onion A.V. Club Criticizes Blackface Sketch (That They Once Praised)

My, how quickly the tide turns. This week, Netflix, in a desperate attempt to cleanse its streaming service of anything that might offend the racial grifters always looking for the next brand to cancel, removed two British TV shows that featured characters behaving in “problematic” ways, including wearing blackface. As part of this purge, they also removed an episode of the sketch comedy show “W/Bob and David,” which dates all the way back to the dark ages of…2015. Somehow, between then and now, even using blackface as an example of how stupid wearing blackface is, has become an expression of white supremacy.

In tweets, show creators David Cross and Bob Odenkirk hit back at Netflix’s PC decision.

“Hey all, Netflix is going to pull this sketch from ‘With Bob & David’ because the ridiculous, foolish character I play puts on ‘black face’ at one point,” Cross wrote. “The point of this was to underscore the absurdity…well, here’s your last chance to figure it out.”

“We considered every choice we made doing our show, and always aimed to make you laugh and think, and never make an obvious or easy point…that very much includes this sketch,” Odenkirk wrote. “Our comedy is always about the human element, never about making a political point.”

As far as Hollywood comedians go, it’s hard to find any as liberal as David Cross, and we’re sure that Odenkirk is right on the same wavelength. To imagine that they were somehow mocking black people in that 2015 sketch is to lose your grip on reality.

As the Onion’s A.V Club knew all too well when they reviewed the show contemporaneously:

One of Bob and David’s favorite subjects to mock are cultural warriors that wrap themselves in social causes but only really want to draw attention to themselves…

It’s a dicey premise, but Bob and David play it perfectly because the joke is ultimately on the obnoxious Daughtry, unaware that his white privilege affords him freedom from police harassment as he mugs for the camera with tidbits about civil liberties….It’s a brilliant attack against white liberals too oblivious of their own advantages to see that their selfless actions are often foolish and misguided, and also frequently does more harm than good.

Fast-forward to today, and it seems that the writers of the A.V. Club have become the very people that David and Bob were mocking:

Cross’ flippant response is disappointing, though not entirely unexpected. In 2017, fellow comedian Charlyne Yi accused Cross of making racist comments toward her and mocking her Asian heritage. Cross responded by suggesting that both himself and Yi might be “misremembering” the event….

Odenkirk’s response similarly misses the point … a sketch about the police, particularly one invoking police harassment/brutality, and especially one that involves an ignorant white man donning Blackface to make a point, is political, period. There is nothing apolitical about cops. These responses highlight the privileged perspectives and ignorance that led the comedians to include Blackface in their sketch in the first place.

We’ve been saying for the last few weeks that the left is out to punish any examples of Wrongthink they can find. Now we’re convinced that their real goal is to eradicate thought altogether.

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