Venture 21 Black Leadership Community requested the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts to rescind Tina Fey’s Mark Twain Prize for American Humor as a result of the comic just lately requested NBCUniversal to have episodes of “30 Rock” that includes characters utilizing blackface faraway from streaming platforms.
“We are not trying to cancel Tina Fey. Tina Fey cancelled herself when she asked Hulu to purge offensive episodes of ‘30 Rock,’ calling the fruits of her creativity ‘ugliness,’” Venture 21 member Horace Cooper wrote. “We are simply alerting the Kennedy Center — which has acted in the past to protect itself and the integrity of the Twain Prize — to do so again in light of Tina Fey’s admission.”
Per Deadline, Fey — who was the “30 Rock” creator/govt producer/showrunner — and co-showrunner, Robert Carlock, made the request for NBC to take away the episodes that includes blackface.
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“As we strive to do the work and do better in regards to race in America, we believe that these episodes featuring actors in race-changing makeup are best taken out of circulation,” Fey mentioned in an announcement obtained by Deadline on Monday. “I perceive now that ‘intent; shouldn’t be a free go for white folks to use these pictures… I apologize for [the] ache they have prompted.”
However Fey’s apology has not been sufficient for critics, together with Venture 21.
The co-chairmen of Venture 21 made their request to the Kennedy Center in a letter that was delivered on Friday. The letter claimed the group doesn’t search to “cancel” Fey for the sake of political correctness or even “end her entertainment career,” however urged the Kennedy Center to “preserve the integrity” of the Twain Prize.
The Kennedy Center didn’t instantly reply to a request for remark.
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The letter echoed a current piece printed Tuesday by The Every day Beast headlined,” Tina Fey’s Issues With Race Lengthen Far Past ‘30 Rock’s’ Blackface,” that detailed a number of claims of the comic strolling a “tightrope between satirizing racial stereotypes and simply replicating them.”
Venture 21 even cited The Daily Beast article when itemizing different examples from Fey’s work that are below hearth.
“30 Rock’s two primary black characters are dueling racial tropes — the lazy, over-the-top Black man, as represented by the eccentric Tracy Jordan, and the educated and ‘well-spoken’ James Spurlock, known to his NBC family as ‘Toofer’ because he is both Black and went to Harvard. At times, the show uses this false dichotomy to comment on the way Black men are seen by white people and portrayed in white media. But often, these stereotypes are simply used for laughs,” Every day Beast leisure reporter Laura Bradley wrote.
The Every day Beast reporter additionally touched on Fey’s newer present, “The Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt,” which, she wrote, is equally flawed.
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“Quite frankly, Ms. Fey’s receipt of the prize in 2010 put her in a class of comedians to which she was, and often still is, inferior,” the Venture 21 letter said. “It is our conclusion that the Kennedy Center has not received a proper return on its ill-advised investment in Ms. Fey over the past decade. Given this current controversy, it would be best for the Kennedy Center to rescind her award.”
Venture 21 then requested the Kennedy Center to “make an immediate public statement” saying Fey will likely be stripped of the coveted prize.
A rep for Fey didn’t instantly reply to Fox Information’ request for remark.
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Venture 21 is described as “an initiative of The National Center for Public Policy Research to promote the views of African-Americans whose entrepreneurial spirit, dedication to family and commitment to individual responsibility have not traditionally been echoed by the nation’s civil rights establishment.”
“30 Rock” aired on NBC from October 2006 to January 2013, scoring 16 Emmys, together with three consecutive wins for comedy sequence. The present additionally landed seven Golden Globes, 22 guild awards amongst SAG, WGA, DGA and PGA; as properly as Picture, Peabody and AFI Awards. The sequence can be the record-holder for many Emmy nominations in a single season for any comedy sequence, and obtained a complete of 103 Emmy nominations over seven seasons on NBC.
Fox Information’ Julius Younger contributed to this report.