List of changes made due to the George Floyd protests

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The murder of George Floyd, an African American, by a white police officer, Derek Chauvin, during an arrest in Minneapolis, Minnesota on May 25, 2020, sparked large-scale protests against systemic racism, both in the United States and elsewhere. As a result of the protests, numerous controversial forms of symbolism were either changed or removed.

In the United States, changes focused on removing and prohibiting displays of the Confederate battle flag; the flag of Mississippi was changed to remove a Confederate battle insignia.[1] Around the world, numerous name changes occurred in response to the protests, while in Canada, the U.S. and New Zealand several police reforms were enacted, primarily in relation to the policing of ethnic minority communities.[2][3]

Several sports teams which used mascots featuring Native Americans, both inside and outside the United States, announced plans to change them; the State of Rhode Island and Providence Plantations voted to shorten its name to the 'State of Rhode Island'. In the film and television industry, numerous casting changes occurred in relation to white voice actors for non-white characters, while several films and television shows were edited, rewritten, cancelled, or pulled from streaming services as a result of the protests.

Key:

  Change reported but not yet executed
  Change pending
  Change made, then partially or fully reversed

Employment practices[edit]

Employer Reported Details Ref.
Mark of the United States Army.svg United States Army To "improve diversity, equity, and inclusion", the Army announced that it would remove "photos from officer promotion boards beginning August 2020". [4]
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Flags[edit]

Design changes[edit]

Old New Represents Reported Executed Details Ref.
Flag of Mississippi (2001–2020).svg
 
Flag of Mississippi.svg[7] The Flag of Mississippi Jun 30, 2020 Jun 30, 2020 The Mississippi Legislature passed a bill to relinquish the state flag, remove it from public premises within 15 days of the bill's effective date, and redesign it via commission, with the new design omitting the Confederate battle flag and including the phrase "In God We Trust". Republican Governor Tate Reeves had stated that he was against the Legislature changing the flag, but that if the Legislature were to pass such a bill he would sign it. Reeves signed the bill on June 30, 2020.

Mississippi was the last U.S. state to incorporate the Confederate battle flag in its state flag; a poll had concluded that most Mississippians supported the removal of this element from the state flag. Voters approved a new design in a referendum on November 3, 2020. It became the official state flag on January 11, 2021.

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Prohibition of Confederate flag emblems[edit]

Organization Announced Details Ref.
Emblem of the United States Marine Corps.svg
United States Marine Corps Jun 5, 2020 The U.S. Marines officially banned the Confederate battle flag from both public and work spaces on its military bases, including its display on vehicle bumper stickers, clothing, and coffee mugs. [15]
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Emblem of the United States Navy.svg
United States Navy Jun 9, 2020 Admiral Michael M. Gilday directed his staff to begin crafting an order banning the Confederate battle flag from "all public spaces and work areas aboard Navy installations, ships, aircraft and submarines." [17]
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NASCAR logo 2017.svg NASCAR Jun 10, 2020 Display of the Confederate battle flag was prohibited at all NASCAR events and properties. [19]
Cork GAA supporters.jpg Cork GAA Jun 12, 2020 Fans of the Gaelic Athletic Associated Cork team use the Confederate battle flag due to County Cork's nickname, "the Rebel county". The team announced the prohibition of the flag. [20]
USFK Logo.svg
United States Forces Korea Jun 15, 2020 U.S. Forces Korea banned display of the Confederate battle flag and depictions of it on USFK installations, except for artistic and educational displays. [21]
United States Department of Defense Seal.svg
U.S. military installations Jul 17, 2020 U.S. Defense Secretary Mark Esper effectively banned display of Confederate flags on military installations with a memo listing flags authorized for display that leaves out Confederate flags. [22]
Seal of the United States Coast Guard.svg
United States Coast Guard Jul 18, 2020 Confederate flag specifically prohibited by Commandant Adm. Karl Schultz. [23]

Removal of physical flags[edit]

Flag Location City State Announced Removed Details Ref.
Confederate battle flag
Confederate battle flag
Confederate Memorial Park Seffner Florida Jun 1, 2020 Jun 1, 2020 A 60-by-30-foot (18.3 m × 9.1 m) Confederate flag at the intersection of I-4 and I-75, just east of Tampa, was temporarily removed by its owner, the Sons of Confederate Veterans, after threats to burn it were made on social media. [24]
Confederate battle flag
Confederate battle flag
Memorial Park Kennesaw Georgia Jun 15, 2020 Jun 16, 2020 The city decided that it will no longer fly the Confederate battle flag in downtown Kennesaw's Memorial Park on Main Street. Flag was cut down prior to protests and city council members agreed not to replace it, despite violating state law to do so. On June 16, it was replaced with an older version of the Georgia state flag. [25]
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Flag of Mississippi
Mississippi state flag
City-owned buildings Gulfport Mississippi Jun 16, 2020 Jun 30, 2020 City is removing all Mississippi state flags from city-owned buildings. [27]
Flag of Mississippi
Mississippi state flag
City-wide Bay St. Louis Mississippi Jun 16, 2020 Jun 30, 2020 City council decided to stop flying the state flag. [28]
Flag of the Black Country
Flag of the Black Country
West Midlands Fire Service fire stations West Midlands England Jul 16, 2020 The Black Country's flag was designed by Gracie Shepherd, an 11-year-old schoolgirl, in 2012. It includes a chain motif representing "the chain industry in the region, as well as the linking up of the different communities". The flag has been controversial as chains made in the region were used on slaves in the Caribbean and North America. The fire service sent a letter to all staff on July 16 banning use of the flag; it reversed its decision on July 24. [29]
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Confederate battle flag
Confederate battle flag
Grand Ledge Public Schools Grand Ledge Michigan Jul 20, 2020 Jul 20, 2020 School Board prohibited "racially divisive messaging, images, or symbols", specifically mentioning the Confederate flag. [33]
Flag of Norway
Flag of Norway
Flag of the United States
Flag of the United States
The Nordic Pineapple
(bed and breakfast)
St. Johns Michigan Jul 20, 2020 Jul 20, 2020 Since opening the business in 2018, the owners had flown a Norwegian flag alongside an American flag at the entrance because the grandfather of one of the owners was born in Norway. The Norwegian flag has the same colors as the Confederate battle flag, and was occasionally mistaken for it, despite its different design, which lacks stars. In the past, they had explained the nature of the flag to anyone who expressed concerns. But after receiving "at least a dozen hateful emails" in the summer of 2020, they decided to stop displaying any flags.[34] They soon restored the American flag and later replaced the Norwegian flag with a triangular Norwegian vimpel pennant in the flag's colors.[35] [36]
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Confederate battle flag
Confederate battle flag
Oregon Commission on Historic Cemeteries Oregon Oct 23, 2020 The Oregon Historic Preservation Office commission on historic cemeteries officially adopted a position paper recommending that Confederate Flags not be displayed at historic cemeteries. [39]

Heraldry[edit]

Emblem Reported Details Ref.
Coat of arms of Imperial College London with the motto (now removed) Coat of arms of Imperial College London Jun 5, 2020 Imperial College London decided to remove its motto from the official rendition of its coat of arms in order to "better reflect the College's culture, values and commitment to support a diverse and inclusive community." The motto read Scientia imperii decus et tutamen, which translates to "Scientific knowledge, the crowning glory and the safeguard of the empire". [40]
Medal, order (AM 2018.63.1-2).jpg Insignia of the
Order of St Michael and St George
(Personal use by the Governor-General of Jamaica)
Jun 26, 2020 Patrick Allen, the Governor-General of Jamaica, declared that he was suspending his usage of the insignia due to ongoing protests against images that "normalize the continued degradation of people of color." The insignia depicts a white Archangel Michael standing over a dark-skinned Satan. [41]
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Seal of Ventura County, California.svg Ventura County, California, seal Jun 22, 2020 Seal was redesigned to remove Junípero Serra. [43]
Seal of Placerville, California.png Placerville, California, seal Jul 14, 2020 The city has had the nickname "Hangtown" since the 1850s. The city first considered removing a noose from its city seal because of its associations with lynching. The city council voted unanimously to remove the image on April 14, 2021. [44][45]

Notable proposed changes:

Monuments and memorials[edit]

Museums and other displays[edit]

Name Location Reported Details Ref.
University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology.JPG Penn Museum Philadelphia Pennsylvania United States Jul 8, 2020 The museum removed the Morton Cranial Collection from public view; the collection includes the skulls of enslaved individuals. Samuel George Morton, a popular physician, was a founder of scientific racism, and used his collection to "prove" the alleged inferiority of what he called "the African race". [47]
John Wayne exhibit, University of Southern California Los Angeles California United States Jul 10, 2020 John Wayne attended the University of Southern California; white supremacist remarks of his have recently surfaced. The display will be moved to the Cinematic Arts Library. [48]
Rex Whistler - The Tate Gallery Restaurant mural 1926.jpg Tate Britain London England United Kingdom Aug 4, 2020 Tate Britain's Rex Whistler Restaurant featured a large mural by Rex Whistler entitled The Expedition in Pursuit of Rare Meats (1927). One of its scenes depicts the enslavement of a black child and his mother's distress; another shows him running behind a horse and cart to which he is attached by a chain around his neck. The room was closed and will only reopen (as an exhibition space) when "interpretive material" to put the work's offensive nature into its wider historical context is incorporated.[49][50]

Names[edit]

Police reforms[edit]

Products[edit]

Product Country Reported Executed Details Ref.
Límpido
(bleach)
Colombia Jun 19, 2020 The parent company Clorox stated that the brand would no longer use the image of "Blanquita", a character derived from the "mammy" racial stereotype. [51]
GoodHumorIceCreamTruck.JPG Good Humor
(ice cream)
United States Aug 13, 2020 The ice cream company hired RZA from the Wu-Tang clan to create a jingle to replace the familiar "Turkey in the Straw" melody heard in its ice cream trucks because of the early 19th-century folk song's associations with minstrel shows, blackface and racist lyrics. [52]
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Hallmark United States Aug 27, 2020 Aug 27, 2020 In wake of the retheming of Splash Mountain, Hallmark pulled a Mickey Mouse ornament that played "Zip-a-Dee-Doo-Dah" from its 2020 ornament line-up. [54]
Fred Perry Polo.jpg Fred Perry
(clothing)
United Kingdom Sep 24, 2020 Sep 24, 2020 The clothing company announced they are retiring the Black/Yellow/Yellow twin tipped shirt that was "appropriated" by the Proud Boys. [55]
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Games[edit]

Game Reported Details Ref.
Magic: The Gathering logo Magic: The Gathering Jun 10, 2020 Wizards of the Coast announced that it was pulling seven cards, including "Invoke Prejudice",[a] "Cleanse",[b] "Jihad", and "Pradesh Gypsies", after being accused of "pervasive ongoing racism" not only in its card design but also in its employment practices. The announcement did not address the employment issues. [60]
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Dungeons & Dragons Jun 17, 2020 Wizards of the Coast admitted that "some of the peoples in the games—orcs and drow being two of the prime examples—have been characterized as monstrous and evil", and committed to making changes, such as depicting "orcs and drow [as] just as morally and culturally complex as other peoples" in their books and "proactively seeking new, diverse talent to join [their] staff". [64]
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Fortnite logo Fortnite Jun 17, 2020 Players noted the removal of police cars from the game as early as June 17, 2020. Developer Epic Games declined to comment, though an unnamed person "familiar with the game's development" stated, "I wouldn't say it's a political statement. I think it's just us being sensitive about the issues many people in our audience are dealing with." Cars were not functional within the game, so the removal of police cars was merely a cosmetic change. [67]
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Forza logo Forza Jun 26, 2020 Turn 10 Studios updated their enforcement guidelines in Forza games to include the Confederate flag under "Notorious iconography" and administer a ban for any further use under any circumstances. The games are known for their livery editors where players could create thousands of layers of graphics to draw shapes, letters, and pictures. A prominent use of the flag in-game was to create virtual replicas of the General Lee from The Dukes of Hazzard. [70]
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Scrabble logo Scrabble Jul 7, 2020 Hasbro and the North American Scrabble Players Association agreed to remove 225 words from official Scrabble competition. Hasbro said it will "make clear that slurs are not permissible in any form of the game." [72]
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School mascots and logos[edit]

School Old New Location US state Reported Executed Details Ref.
Richland High School Rebel Royals North Richland Hills Texas Jun 19, 2020 School board voted to change the Rebel mascot and associated imagery. Change.org petition to "Abolish Confederate Branding at Richland High School" had amassed over 26,000 signatures. Some changes in the campus area are to be executed immediately. [75]
Martin High School Indian hairdress logo and associated decor Warriors Arlington Texas Jul 1, 2020 [76]
Quartz Hill High School Rebel Royals Quartz Hill California Antelope Valley Union High School District administrators made the announcement to remove both the Rebel mascot and name, effective immediately. Change.org petition to remove the mascot had amassed over 5000 signatures. [77]
A. B. Miller High School Rebel TBD Fontana California School administration decided to remove the mascot and halt usage of the phrase "Rebel Nation", effective immediately. [78]
Brighton Central School District Baron Bruins Brighton New York Superintendent stated that "[t]he Baron is a symbol of elitism and privilege at best and can be historically traced to slavery", and announced that the search for a new mascot would begin. [79]
Loudoun County High School Raiders Captains Leesburg Virginia Jun 30, 2020 The school board voted unanimously to retire the mascot, which was based on the Confederate Mosby's Raiders. [80]
Shady Side Academy Indians Bulldogs Fox Chapel Pennsylvania Jul 1, 2020 The board of trustees voted unanimously to retire the school's mascot and team name. Academy President Bart Griffith announced there would be a process to select a new mascot in the months to come. [81]
Nashoba Regional High School Chieftains Wolves Bolton Massachusetts Jul 1, 2020 The Nashoba Regional School Committee voted unanimously to retire the mascot and remove any Native American iconography from the high school. [82]
Anderson High School Redskins Raptors Hamilton County Ohio Jul 2, 2020 The board of the Forest Hills Local School District voted 4–1 to retire the Redskins name. [83]
Parkwood High School Rebels Wolf Pack Monroe North Carolina Jul 7, 2020 Union County Schools Board of Education voted 6–2 to change the name and mascot. An image of a Confederate soldier had been removed from the school logo earlier after the NAACP called for its change in 2009. [84]
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Juanita High School Rebels Raven Kirkland Washington Jul 13, 2020 Jul 13, 2020 Lake Washington School District Superintendent Jon Holeman announced that the school's Rebels mascot would be removed immediately. [86]
Capital University Crusaders Comets Bexley Ohio Jul 13, 2020 The Board of Trustees approved a measure to retire the Crusaders nickname and the mascot Cappy. The name and mascot will continue to be used until an official retirement. [87]
Caledonia High School Confederates Cavaliers Caledonia Mississippi Jul 17, 2020 The Lowndes County School Board voted to retire the nickname. [88]
Roncalli High School Rebels Royals Indianapolis Indiana Jul 22, 2020 The school's interim president announced that the Rebels nickname would be retired due to "negative connotations" and that a task force would select a new mascot and nickname. [89]
Henderson High School logo West Chester Pennsylvania Sep 18, 2020 "Echoing the broader national movement", the school's principal announced that it would be disassociating its athletic department from Native American imagery. [90]
Serra High School Conquistadors Rattlers San Diego California Jun 25, 2020 Mar 9, 2021 Answering a petition started in June by sisters who were students of the high school, the San Diego Unified School Board renamed the school, as well as the mascot, from the Serra Conquistadors to Canyon Hills Rattlesnakes. [91][92]
Wilson Area School District Indian hairdress logo and associated decor Scripted "W" logo Northampton County Pennsylvania July 26, 2021 "Amid escalating demands for racial justice, particularly following the murder of George Floyd," the school district announced that while it will still be using the Warriors mascot, it will no longer be purchasing uniforms or merchandise associated with the feathered headdress imagery that had been previously used.[93]

Technology[edit]

Old New Role Reported Replaced Details Ref.
Alexis Ohanian - 2019.jpg Alexis Ohanian TechCrunch Disrupt San Francisco 2019 - Day 1 (48834157928).jpg Michael Seibel Board member of Reddit Co-founder Ohanian announced that he was leaving the board, stating that he did so "as a father who needs to be able to answer his black daughter when she asks: 'What did you do?'", and asking the board to "fill [his] seat with a black candidate". [94]
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Television and streaming[edit]

Cancellations[edit]

Series Canceled Details Ref.
Cops logo Cops Jun 9, 2020 In June 2020, Paramount Network pulled the program from its schedule in response to national protests against Floyd's murder and announced its cancellation days later. The program remains in production for its international and overseas partners, and began to film anew in Spokane County, Washington with its sheriff's department at the start of October 2020. In September 2021, it was announced that Fox Nation picked up the show. The 33rd season premiered on October 1, 2021. [97][98][99][100][101]
Live PD
Live PD: Police Nation
Live PD Presents: PD Cam
Jun 10, 2020 Live PD aired its last episode on May 23, 2020. The show had removed video footage of the killing of Javier Ambler, which took place in March 2019. Other shows in the Live PD franchise were also cancelled. Because A&E sometimes relied on shows from the Live PD franchise for over 85% of its programming, the network's viewership has plummeted to about half of what it was compared to the previous year. [100]
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Casting changes[edit]

Old New Series Role(s) Reported Details Ref.
Jenny Slate Obvious Child Premiere 2014 (cropped).jpg Jenny Slate Ayo Edebiri Big Mouth Missy Jun 24, 2020 Slate, a white and Jewish actress, announced that she would no longer play the half-black character Missy. [103]
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Kristen Bell as Veronica Mars 2.jpg Kristen Bell Emmy raver lampman 2019 mtv.png Emmy Raver-Lampman Central Park Molly Tillerman Jun 24, 2020[c] The show producers announced that a biracial or black actress would play the biracial Molly in the future. Bell wrote, "This is a time to acknowledge our acts of complicity ... Casting a mixed race character w[ith] a white actress undermines the specificity of the mixed race & Black American experience." [105]
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Katie Crown (6775535406).jpg
Pamela Adlon - Better Things (cropped).jpg
David Herman
Katie Crown
Melissa Bardin Galsky
Pamela Adlon
Nicole Byer cropped.jpg TBA (Marshmallow)
Ashley Nicole Black (Harley, Ms. Jacobson)
Nicole Byer (Olsen Benner)
Bob's Burgers Marshmallow
Harley
Ms. Jacobson
Olsen Benner
Jun 24, 2020 Series creator Loren Bouchard announced on Twitter that David Herman will no longer play the black transgender sex worker Marshmallow in the future after replying to a tweet about recasting Marshmallow with "Yes. On it." Bouchard also announced on Twitter that Katie Crown will no longer play the black student Harley in the future as well. Crown and Melissa Bardin Galsky had their respective roles of Harley and Ms. Jacobson recast to Ashley Nicole Black. Starting in The Bob's Burgers Movie, Pamela Adlon's role of Olsen Benner was recast to Nicole Byer. [108]
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Mike Henry by Gage Skidmore 2.jpg Mike Henry Arif Zahir Family Guy Cleveland Brown Jun 26, 2020 Mike Henry stated "I love this character, but persons of color should play characters of color. Therefore, I will be stepping down from the role." Arif Zahir began his role of Cleveland in season 20. [113]
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Hank Azaria (25755582981) (cropped1).jpg
Harry Shearer at RT4.jpg
Tressmacneille.jpg
White voice actors for non-white characters Kevin Michael Richardson by Gage Skidmore 4.jpg
Dawnn Lewis in 2012.jpg
Kimberly Brooks 2018 (cropped).jpg
Jay Pharoah by Gage Skidmore.jpg
Alex Désert (Carl Carlson, Lou)
Eric Lopez (Bumblebee Man)
Jenny Yokobori (Kumiko Albertson)
Mario Jose (singing voice)/Tony Rodriguez (speaking voice) (Julio)
Kevin Michael Richardson (Dr. Hibbert)
Dawnn Lewis (Bernice Hibbert)
Kimberly Brooks (Lewis Clark and Janey Powell)
Jay Pharoah (Drederick Tatum)
The Simpsons All non-white roles Jun 26, 2020 Show producers stated that white actors would no longer voice non-white characters. These included recurring characters voiced by Hank Azaria, Harry Shearer, and Tress MacNeille. It did not clarify whether the characters would continue to appear in the series going forward. [115]
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Addison Holley Markeda McKay Daniel Tiger's Neighborhood Miss Elaina Dec 4, 2020 Episodes from the fifth season onward replace Miss Elaina's voice actress Addison Holley with Markeda McKay. [124]
Deann Degruijter Kim Roberts, 2017, Toronto.jpg Kim Roberts PAW Patrol Mayor Goodway Sep 10, 2020 Episodes from the seventh season onward replace Mayor Goodway's voice actress Deann Degruijter with Kim Roberts. [125][126]
Rebecca Sugar Speaking at New York Comic Con 2014 - Peter Dzubay (cropped).jpeg Rebecca Sugar Erica Luttrell Adventure Time: Distant Lands Elise Nov 20, 2020 While Sugar voiced Elise in "Everything Stays" from the original series, she was replaced by Luttrell in "Obsidian" from Distant Lands. [127]
Benjamin Diskin by Gage Skidmore.jpg Ben Diskin Zeno Robinson Miraculous: Tales of Ladybug & Cat Noir Nino Lahiffe
Max Kante
Zeno Robinson replaced Ben Diskin as the voice of Nino Lahiffe starting in the film Miraculous World: New York – United Heroez and Max Kante starting in Season 4. [128][129]
Carlos Alazraqui at Flappers in Burbank 20190706 (cropped).jpg Nika Futterman
Carlos Alazraqui
Diego Olmedo/Connor Andrade
Sean Crisden
The Loud House
The Casagrandes
Alexis Flores
Marcus
After Futterman stepped down from the role, Olmedo became the new voice of Alexis Flores starting in the episode "Karate Chops" until "Born to Be Mild" where the role was recast to Connor Andrade. The same thing later happened with the animal control officer Marcus in "Just Be Coo" where the character was originally voiced by Alazraqui in his first unnamed appearance in "Walk Don't Run". [130][131]
Heather Bambrick.jpg Heather Bambrick Sabryn Rock Wild Kratts Koki Aug 15, 2021 Episodes from the seventh season onward replace Koki's voice actress Heather Bambrick with Sabryn Rock. [132][133][134]
John Alderton.jpg John Alderton (seasons 1–4)
John Sparkes (season 5)
David Carling (seasons 6–12)
Sarah Hadland/Joanna Ruiz (season 5)
Su Douglas (seasons 6–12)
Colin McFarlane at the Sasnak City Outlander Convention 2019.jpg Colin McFarlane
Ayesha Antoine
Fireman Sam Trevor Evans
Mandy and Helen Flood
Tyrone Savage Photo 2013-07-06 2 23 46 AM.jpg Tyrone Savage Kwaku Adu-Poku Total DramaRama Lightning
Kazumi Evans Cherlandra Estrada Polly Pocket Shani Smith Cherlandra Estrada replaced Kazumi Evans beginning with the third season.
Eileen Stevens Anairis Quiñones Pokémon Master Journeys: The Series Iris Anairis Quiñones replaced Eileen Stevens as Iris beginning with Pokémon Master Journeys: The Series.
Tara Strong Portrait.jpg Tara Strong Bresha Webb 2020.jpg Bresha Webb
Aiden Dodson
The Proud Family: Louder and Prouder BeBe and CeCe Proud Jan 14, 2022 While Strong provided the infant vocal effects of BeBe and CeCe Proud in the original series, their roles were recast to Webb and Dodson in the sequel series. [135]
Erin Fitzgerald by Gage Skidmore.jpg Jamieson Price
Erin Fitzgerald
Alain Mesa
Shara Kirby
Bleach: Thousand-Year Blood War Yasutora "Chad" Sado
Franceska Mila Rose
Nov 3, 2022 Price stated in an interview that he no longer auditions for roles of characters that are people of color, and that it was a "difficult decision to say no" to his casting for the role. Though he did welcome Mesa's casting. [136][137][138]
Dave Willis.jpg Dave Willis Killer Mike The Circus 2017.png Killer Mike Aqua Teen Forever: Plantasm Boxy Brown Killer Mike replaced Dave Willis as Boxy Brown in the direct-to-video film Aqua Teen Forever: Plantasm.
Alyson Court TBA X-Men '97 Jubilee Nov 12, 2021 While having voiced her in X-Men, Court will not be reprising Jubilee despite being among the original cast returning for the sequel. She insisted that an Asian-American actress would voice Jubilee instead. [139]

Removals from streaming services[edit]

Series/film Episode(s) Reported Details Ref.
Little Britain logo Little Britain
Come Fly with Me
all Jun 8, 2020 Netflix pulled Little Britain and the BBC and BritBox followed three days later. The show has "long been criticised for its portrayal of black and Asian characters by the white comedians, as well as gay characters and those with disabilities".[d] Netflix also pulled another show that contained blackface, Come Fly with Me, by the same creators. On 16 March 2022, the BBC made Little Britain available to view on BBC iPlayer again with some characters being cut from the original release. [141]
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Clark Gable and Vivien Leigh in Gone with the Wind Gone with the Wind Jun 9, 2020 HBO Max pulled the film because it "depicts some of the ethnic and racial prejudices that have, unfortunately, been commonplace in American society"; the service "felt that to keep this title up without an explanation and a denouncement of those depictions would be irresponsible". The film was eventually reinstated with an introduction by cinema professor Jacqueline Stewart explaining its depiction of a "world of grace and beauty, without acknowledging the brutalities of the system of chattel slavery upon which this world is based". The original content of the film is available on VHS, DVD and Blu-ray. [143]
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Bo' Selecta! all Jun 10, 2020 All 4 pulled the show after comedian Leigh Francis tearfully apologized for having "portrayed many black celebrities" on the show using latex facemasks. [146]
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Bubble Guppies S03E02: "The Police Cop-Etition!" Jun 10, 2020 The Nick Jr. and Noggin apps pulled the episode because of it being themed around police. A rerun was slated to air on the Nick Jr. channel on June 12, 2020, but was replaced with "Come To Your Senses!" the day before it was scheduled to air. [149]
The League of Gentlemen
The Mighty Boosh
all Jun 10, 2020 Netflix pulled the shows because they contained characters "played by white actors wearing blackface": Papa Lazarou in The League of Gentlemen and The Spirit of Jazz in The Mighty Boosh. [150]
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Chris Lilley, creator of the four series We Can Be Heroes
Summer Heights High
Angry Boys
Jonah from Tonga
all Jun 10, 2020 Netflix pulled four Chris Lilley shows for using blackface, brownface, and yellowface. In what was characterized as a "defiant move", Lilley shared a deleted scene from Jonah from Tonga online. [152]
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Fawlty Towers S01E06: "The Germans" Jun 11, 2020 After UKTV pulled the episode because it "contains racial slurs", show creator John Cleese called the people running the BBC "a mixture of marketing people and petty bureaucrats" who were "cowardly and gutless". Cleese explained that the character using the slurs "was an old fossil left over from decades before" and said, "We were not supporting his views, we were making fun of them". UKTV later stated they would reinstate the episode along with guidance noting that it contained "potentially offensive content and language". [154]
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It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia logo It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia
S04E03: "America's Next Top Paddy's Billboard Model Contest"
S06E09: "Dee Reynolds: Shaping America's Youth"
S08E02: "The Gang Recycles Their Trash"
S09E09: "The Gang Makes Lethal Weapon 6"
S14E03: "Dee Day"
Jun 11, 2020[e] Netflix, Hulu and Star on Disney+ (despite Disney+ not streaming the series on its Star hub previously but the mentioned episodes are not streaming on Disney+ in Australia, New Zealand and Canada) pulled five episodes that contained brownface or blackface. All five episodes mentioned are available on DVD. [159]
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Sam & Cat S01E27: "#BlueDogSoda" Jun 10, 2020 On Netflix, Nickelodeon's streaming services, and later reruns of the episode on television, Sam's line, "Step away? I'll step on your neck" was cut. The uncut episode is available on DVD.
Tyler Perry's Young Dylan S01E05: "The Enforcer" Jun 11, 2020 The episode was pulled from reruns and Nickelodeon's app as it dealt with the titular character starting a protest over school uniforms. [162]
Minoriteam all Jun 12, 2020 Cartoon Network and Adult Swim pulled the series from their streaming services, due to the show's depiction of racial stereotypes. [163]
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MDE: World Peace logo Million Dollar Extreme Presents: World Peace all Jun 12, 2020 Cartoon Network and Adult Swim pulled the series from their streaming services, due to unsubstantiated allegations from anonymous sources of "coded racial messages, including swastikas" being found in the original cut of the show, which were removed ahead of broadcast. [165]
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W/ Bob & David S01E03: "Episode 3" Jun 16, 2020 Netflix pulled the episode that included a sketch called "Know Your Rights", which featured blackface "in an attempt to satirize police brutality". Prior to removal, David Cross, who portrayed the character who wore blackface, stated, "The point of this was to underscore the absurdity...well, here's your last chance to figure it out". [167]
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PAW Patrol
  • S05E11: "Ultimate Rescue: Pups Save The Royal Kitties"
  • S06E02: "Ultimate Rescue: Pups Stop A Meltdown; Ultimate Rescue: Pups and the Mystery of the Missing Cellphones"
Jun 20, 2020 These two Ultimate Rescue episodes were pulled from Nickelodeon's line-up as they depicted the other pups becoming police officers like Chase. Both episodes mentioned are available on DVD. [169]
30 Rock logo 30 Rock Jun 22, 2020 Tina Fey and NBCUniversal requested the pulling of four episodes that used blackface.[g] All four episodes mentioned are available on DVD. [171]
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Scrubs S03E07: "My Fifteen Seconds"[h]
S03E08: "My Friend the Doctor"
S05E04: "My Jiggly Ball"
S05E17: "My Chopped Liver"
Jun 24, 2020 Hulu pulled the episodes, which contained instances of blackface, at the request of show creator Bill Lawrence and ABC Studios. "My Chopped Liver" also contained an instance of whiteface. All three episodes mentioned are available on DVD. [173]
[172]
The Office logo The Office
S09E09: "Dwight Christmas"
(one scene therein)
Jun 26, 2020 Show creator Greg Daniels edited out a scene which contained blackface. The episode that has this scene intact is available on DVD. [174]
[175]
Community S02E14: "Advanced Dungeons & Dragons" Jun 26, 2020 Netflix and Hulu announced the pulling of the episode, which included a scene that contained blackface. Producer Sony Pictures Television supported the decision. The episode mentioned is available on DVD. [176]
The Golden Girls logo The Golden Girls S03E23: "Mixed Blessings" Jun 27, 2020 Hulu pulled the episode, which included a scene that contained blackface. The episode mentioned is available on DVD. [177]
Peep Show
S02E01: "Dance Class"
(one scene therein)
Jun 29, 2020 Netflix removed a scene containing blackface. [178]
[179]
Aqua Teen Hunger Force S06E02: "Shake Like Me" Sep 29, 2020 Cartoon Network and Adult Swim pulled the episode from their rerun rotation and streaming services, whose plot was described as an "animated equivalent of blackface". The episode is still available on DVD on Aqua Teen Volume 6 and on Google Play. The episode is not included on the Aqua Teen Hunger Force: The Baffler Meal Complete Collection DVD. [180]
The Boondocks S03E04: "The Story of Jimmy Rebel" Sep 29, 2020 Cartoon Network and Adult Swim intentionally excluded the episode from their streaming services due to perceived racial insensitivities over the episode's portrayal of a racist country singer named Jimmy Rebel (a parody of real-life white supremacist country singer Johnny Rebel). The episode is still available on DVD. [181]

Other changes[edit]

Series Announced Details Ref.
Law & Order: Special Victims Unit logo Law & Order: Special Victims Unit Jun 2, 2020 Writer Craig Gore was fired after posting a photo of himself armed with a rifle and threatening to "light motherfuckers up who are trying to fuck w/ my property" during the protests. Dick Wolf, creator and executive producer of the Law & Order franchise, stated, "I will not tolerate this conduct, especially during our hour of national grief. I am terminating Craig Gore immediately." Gore's talent agency, Paradigm, also dropped him as a client. [182]
[183]
[184]
L.A.'s Finest Jun 8, 2020 Spectrum postponed the show's second-season premiere to an unspecified date later in 2020. [185]
Body Cam Jun 9, 2020 A spokesperson for Investigation Discovery stated that the show was "off the schedule for the foreseeable future". The show returned to the schedule the following year. [186]
[187]
Brooklyn Nine-Nine logo Brooklyn Nine-Nine Jun 23, 2020 Season 8 of the series will be reworked in light of George Floyd's murder; the four episodes already made were scrapped. [188]
The Amazing Race
Big Brother
Love Island
Survivor
Tough as Nails
Nov 9, 2020 CBS announced that in upcoming seasons of their unscripted reality series, 50% of the cast will consist of people of color. [189]
[190]

Other changes[edit]

Item changed Location Reported Details Ref.
Robert E Lee Tree.jpg Reference to the Robert E. Lee Tree Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park's website The name of the Robert E. Lee tree was removed from a website listing the world's largest sequoias in order to "promote inclusiveness." The name of the tree cannot be changed without the approval of either Congress or the leadership of the National Park Service. [191]
Shaadilogo (cropped).gif Skin tone preferences Shaadi.com Jun 11, 2020 The decision was made due to a petition shared online on the basis of eliminating colorism. [192]
Ethnic and social justice studies requirement California State University system Jul 23, 2020 The Cal State Board of Trustees approved making a one-course graduation requirement in ethnic and social justice studies. The first change in Cal State's general education curriculum in over 40 years, it will be required from the 2023–2024 academic year. [193]
Fredrik Pettersson.jpg Frölunda HC logo and nickname Gothenburg, Sweden Sep 17, 2020 The Swedish Hockey League ice hockey team announced that they would stop using the Frölunda Indians moniker as well as its logo depicting a Native American. Due to financial and practical reasons, however, the team will continue to use their current jerseys for the 2020–21 SHL season, and plan to have a new logo in time for the 2021–22 SHL season. [194]
Mutual of Omaha logo Omaha, Nebraska Nov 12, 2020 The insurance and finance company retired its 70-year-old Indian chief head logo, replacing it with an African lion, partly as a nod to its long-time sponsorship of the television program Wild Kingdom. [195]
ΔΤΔ Delta Tau Delta fraternity, Lambda chapter Vanderbilt University, Nashville, TN Jul 15, 2020 Members of the fraternity disbanded their chapter and called for disbanding the "Interfraternity Council and Pan-Hellenic System" because "[h]istorically white Greek Life is an institution that has wielded an enormous amount of social, academic and financial capital in a way that has done immense personal and structural harm to our fellow classmates." The move comes amid "[n]ationwide social justice movements that have taken place over the past few months."[196][197]

See also[edit]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ This card was originally given the ID number 1488.[58]
  2. ^ This card had the ability to "[d]estroy all black creatures".[59]
  3. ^ Recasting announced July 24
  4. ^ Controversial characters include "an obese Caribbean woman called Desiree, for which [David] Walliams wore blackface, ... a mail-order bride named Ting Tong[, and] Daffyd, 'the only gay in the village'".[140]
  5. ^ S06E09 was the first episode to be pulled, with the others being pulled over the next few days.[159][160][161]
  6. ^ East Coast version only.[170]
  7. ^ The East Coast version of Live Show had a scene that was described as "[m]ore of a case of 'blackhand' than 'blackface', with a character played by Jon Hamm "get[ting] a hand transplant from a black man from death row, whose hands then try to strangle him".[170]
  8. ^ This episode had been previously reported to have been pulled, even though it had not been, as the episode contains no blackface.[172]

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