List of changes made due to the George Floyd protests

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After George Floyd, an African American, was killed during a police arrest in Minneapolis, Minnesota, in May 2020, there were major protestsin the United States and in other countries – calling for an end to systemic racism. During the course of these protests, several controversial forms of symbolism were changed or removed.

At first, changes were focused on the removal of monuments to the Confederate States of America, its leaders, and its military. In addition to the removal of statues, numerous schools and buildings were renamed, and display of the Confederate battle flag was prohibited by many organizations.

The subjects of the protests expanded; in the United States memorials to Christopher Columbus and the conquistadors were targeted, because their colonization of the Americas resulted in the genocide of Native American people. In the United Kingdom, memorials were removed and names changed in connection with the Atlantic slave trade, British colonization, and eugenics. In Belgium, monuments to King Leopold II were removed, and many were defaced. In Australia and New Zealand, attention was focused on the effects of British colonization on Indigenous Australian and Māori people.

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". [1]
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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[4] 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. [12]
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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." [14]
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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. [16]
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. [17]
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. [18]
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. [19]
Seal of the United States Coast Guard.svg
United States Coast Guard Jul 18, 2020 Confederate flag specifically prohibited by Commandant Adm. Karl Schultz. [20]

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. [21]
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. [22]
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Flag of Mississippi
Mississippi state flag
City-owned buildings Gulfport Mississippi Jun 16, 2020 City is removing all Mississippi state flags from city-owned buildings. [24]
Flag of Mississippi
Mississippi state flag
City-wide Bay St. Louis Mississippi Jun 16, 2020 City council decided to stop flying the state flag. [25]
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. [26]
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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. [30]
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.[31] They soon restored the American flag and later replaced the Norwegian flag with a triangular Norwegian vimpel pennant in the flag's colors.[32] [33]
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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. [36]

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, to address issues of British colonialism. The motto read Scientia imperii decus et tutamen, which translates to "Scientific knowledge, the crowning glory and the safeguard of the empire". [37]
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 Jamaican governor-general, declared that he would no longer wear 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. [38]
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Seal of Ventura County, California.svg Ventura County, California, seal Jun 22, 2020 Seal is being redesigned to remove Junípero Serra. [40]
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. [41][42]

Notable proposed changes:

  • The coat of arms of Massachusetts, displayed in the Seal of Massachusetts and Flag of Massachusetts contains a colonist's sword held over the image of a Native American, both of which were criticized by activists.[43]
  • The coat of arms of the Abbey of the Valley of the Fallen (Valle de los Caídos), contains personal arms of Francisco Franco and Spanish State coat of arms would be replaced with the current Spanish coat of arms, Francisco Franco's personal arms and falange symbol must be removed.[citation needed]
  • Proposed Spanish coats of arms for the 100th Consecration to the Sacred Heart of Jesus must be evaluated because were criticized by activists and contain symbols that mistaken for Francoist symbols.[citation needed]
  • Yoke and arrows placed below ornamented version of the coat of arms of the Spanish Army's 29th Infantry Regiment "Isabel la Católica" (RI-29) must be removed.[citation needed]

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". [44]
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. [45]
Rex Whistler - The Tate Gallery Restaurant mural 1926.jpg Tate Britain London England United Kingdom Aug 4, 2020 Tate Britain's Rex Whistler Restaurant features 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. Text containing a historical reference to the restaurant as "the most amusing room in Europe" was removed from the Tate website. [46]

Names[edit]

Police reforms[edit]

Products[edit]

For food and drinks that are changing their names as well as their imagery, see List of name changes due to the George Floyd protests#Food and drink
Product Country Reported Executed Details Ref.
Mrs. Butterworth's syrup bottles Mrs. Butterworth's
(syrup)
United States Jun 17, 2020 Conagra stated, "We stand in solidarity with our Black and Brown communities and we can see that our packaging may be interpreted in a way that is wholly inconsistent with our values." [47]
Cream of Wheat cereal and box Cream of Wheat
(farina porridge)
United States Jun 18, 2020 B&G Foods stated, "We understand there are concerns regarding the Chef image, and we are committed to evaluating our packaging and will proactively take steps to ensure that we and our brands do not inadvertently contribute to systemic racism." [48]
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. [49]
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. [50]
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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. [52]
Fred Perry logo.png 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. [53]
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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. [58]
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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". [62]
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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. [65]
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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. [68]
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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." [70]
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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. [73]
Martin High School Indian hairdress logo and associated decor TBD Arlington Texas Jul 1, 2020 [74]
Quartz Hill High School Rebel TBD 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. [75]
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. [76]
Brighton Central School District Baron TBD 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. [77]
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. [78]
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. [79]
Nashoba Regional High School Chieftains TBD 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. [80]
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. [81]
Parkwood High School Rebels TBD 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. [82]
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Juanita High School Rebels TBD 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. [84]
Capital University Crusaders TBD 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. [85]
Caledonia High School Confederates TBD Caledonia Mississippi Jul 17, 2020 The Lowndes County School Board voted to retire the nickname. [86]
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. [87]
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. [88]
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. [89][90]

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". [91]
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Television and streaming[edit]

Cancellations[edit]

Series Canceled Details Ref.
Cops logo Cops Jun 9, 2020 The program's last new episode aired on May 11, 2020. In June 2020, Paramount Network pulled the program from its schedule in response to national protests against the killing of George Floyd while in the custody of the Minneapolis Police Department, 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. [94][95][96][97]
Live PD
Live PD: Police Nation
Live PD Presents: PD Cam
Jun 10, 2020 Live PD aired its last episode on May 26, 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 universe were also cancelled. Because A&E sometimes relied on shows from the Live PD universe for over 85% of its programming, the network's viewership has plummeted to about half of what it was compared to the previous year. [97]
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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. [99]
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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." [101]
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Katie Crown (6775535406).jpg
David Herman
Katie Crown
TBA
TBA
Bob's Burgers Marshmallow
Harley
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. [104]
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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." [107]
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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
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)
The Simpsons All non-white roles Jun 26, 2020 Show producers stated that white actors would not 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. [109]
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Addison Holley Markeda McKay Daniel Tiger's Neighborhood Miss Elaina Fifth season onward replaces Addison Holley with Markeda McKay as the voice of Miss Elaina. [117]
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. [118]
Benjamin Diskin by Gage Skidmore.jpg Benjamin Diskin Zeno Robinson
TBA
Miraculous: Tales of Ladybug & Cat Noir Nino Lahiffe
Max Kante
Zeno Robinson replaced Benjamin Diskin as the voice of Nino Lahiffe starting in the film Miraculous World: New York: United HeroeZ. [119]
Nika Futterman Diego Olmeda The Loud House
The Casagrandes
Alexis Flores After Futterman stepped down from the role, Olmeda became the new voice of Alexis Flores starting in the episode "Karate Chops".

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. [121]
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Clark Gable and Vivien Leigh in Gone with the Wind Gone with the Wind N/A 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 DVD, Blu-ray and VHS. [122]
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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. [125]
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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 re-run 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. [128]

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. [129]
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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. [131]
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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". [133]
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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 and Hulu pulled five episodes that contained brownface or blackface. All five episodes mentioned are available on DVD. [138]
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Sam & Cat S01E27: "#BlueDogSoda" Jun 10, 2020 On Netflix and reruns of the episode on television, Sam's line, "I'll step on your neck" was cut. One episode mentioned 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. [141]
W/ Bob & David S01E03 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". [142]
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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. [144]
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. [146]
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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. [148]
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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. [149]
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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. [151]
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. [152]
Peep Show
S02E01: "Dance Class"
(one scene therein)
Jun 29, 2020 Netflix removed a scene containing blackface. [153]
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Aqua Teen Hunger Force S06E02: "Shake Like Me" Sep 29, 2020 Adult Swim pulled the episode from their rerun rotation and streaming services, whose plot was described as an "animated equivalent of blackface". [155]
The Boondocks S03E04: "The Story of Jimmy Rebel" Sep 29, 2020 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). [156]

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. [157]
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L.A.'s Finest Jun 8, 2020 Spectrum postponed the show's second-season premiere to an unspecified date later in 2020. [160]
Body Cam Jun 9, 2020 A spokesperson for Investigation Discovery stated that the show was "off the schedule for the foreseeable future". [161]
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Brooklyn Nine-Nine logo Brooklyn Nine-Nine Jun 23, 2020 Season 8 of the series will be reworked in light of George Floyd's killing; the four episodes already made were scrapped. [163]
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. [164]
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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. [166]
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. [167]
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. [168]
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. [169]
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. [170]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ This card was originally given the ID number 1488.[56]
  2. ^ This card had the ability to "[d]estroy all black creatures".[57]
  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'".[120]
  5. ^ S06E09 was the first episode to be pulled, with the others being pulled over the next few days.[138][139][140]
  6. ^ East Coast version only.[145]
  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".[145]
  8. ^ This episode had been previously reported to have been pulled, even though it had not been, as the episode contains no blackface.[147]

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