The gang created their very own additions to the “Deadly Weapon” franchise a number of instances over the course of its decades-long run. Their selfmade fifth and sixth entries to the movie sequence function Mac in blackface, reviving the starring position initially performed by Danny Glover. Frank additionally makes an look in redface depicting a racist Native American villain. The gang has a heated debate concerning the ethics of Mac’s blackface whereas making their first “Deadly Weapon” within the season 6 episode “Dee Reynolds: Shaping America’s Youth.” He and Dee each don blackface for the second installment, “The Gang Makes Deadly Weapon 6.” Each episodes have been faraway from streaming in 2020.
The choice was extremely contested by followers on Twitter, as Metro documented on the time. Some followers likened the present’s use of blackface to Robert Downey Jr.’s character in “Tropic Thunder,” stating that it was blatantly a satirical and important depiction of the observe. A Change.org petition to reinstate the banned episodes earned practically 5 thousand signatures. Others felt that any use of blackface, even a self-aware one, was objectively offensive.
Whereas the sequence creators have not spoken out towards these feedback, they have not spoken in direct assist of taking these episodes down, both. However the artistic minds behind the sequence are much less involved with revising its historical past and extra targeted on maintaining the hit present recent and transferring ahead.