Getty Images
Getty Images

Why a 'Golden Girls' Episode Was Removed from a Streaming Service

Junie Sihlangu
Jun 30, 2020
07:30 A.M.

As the nation continues to try and redress systematic racism a streaming service has chosen to take down a “Golden Girls” episode that featured a problematic scene.


Hulu has made the decision to remove the “Golden Girls” 23rd episode called “Mixed Blessings.” The season 3 episode, which was aired in 1988, featured a scene with blackface.

In the episode, Dorothy’s (Beatrice Arthur) son, Michael (Scott Jacoby), plans on tying the knot with an older woman, Lorraine (Rosalind Cash) who happened to be Black. His mother doesn’t approve of the age difference and Lorraine’s family doesn’t approve of her marrying a White man.

Betty White (Rose); Estelle Getty (Sophia), Rue McClanahan (Blanche); Bea Arthur (Dorothy). Picture uploaded on April 8, 2008 | Photo: Walt Disney Television/Getty Images

Betty White (Rose); Estelle Getty (Sophia), Rue McClanahan (Blanche); Bea Arthur (Dorothy). Picture uploaded on April 8, 2008 | Photo: Walt Disney Television/Getty Images


Both families try to stop the marriage with the bride’s family arriving as a troublesome scene occurs. They find Rose (Betty White) and Blanche (Rue McClanahan) experimenting with a new mud face treatment.


The pair welcomes Lorraine’s family with their masks still on. To clarify why they look the way they do they state:

“This is mud on our faces, we’re not really Black.”



“Golden Girls” is not the only show that has had episodes taken down or edited due to blackface scenes. “Scrubs” has seen three episodes removed from Hulu for depicting blackface.

It diminishes the effort to actually end racism

Four “30 Rock” episodes were also taken down for the same reason. The removal of the “Golden Girls” episode has received opposing views.



The show’s writer, Roxane Gay, took to Twitter to explain her opposition to the move. She wrote: "Removing this episode is weird, counterproductive and stupid. It diminishes the effort to actually end racism. It’s just so dumb."


Gone With the Wind” was taken down temporarily by HBO Max for its depiction of slavery and racism. The removal came amid protests in the nation over racial injustice.



The nation has seen a rise in protests by people who wish for systemic racism to fall. The uprising was sparked by the death of George who had his neck knelt on by a Minneapolis police officer.

The 1939 film is set to return with new material that will aim to frame its offensive scenes in a historical context.

Please fill in your e-mail so we can share with you our top stories!
By subscribing, you agree to our Privacy Policy
Related posts

Matthew Perry Refused to Cheat On TV Girlfriend Courteney Cox – Inside Their Real-Life Relationship

November 07, 2023

Dirty Elderly Lady Runs into a Gas Station on Rainy Night, Screaming for Help — Story of the Day

February 02, 2024

Dad Refuses to Pay For Daughter’s Wedding after She Excludes Her 2 Siblings from the Occasion

January 31, 2024

Kristen Tuff Scott Is a Breast Cancer Survivor Who Is Enjoying Farm Life

November 22, 2023

Emily Blunt & John Krasinski Made the ‘Perfect Couple’ despite Her Years-Long Struggle with a Disability

February 27, 2024

Сops Can’t Find Boy Who Didn’t Return from School, Week Later Dog Brings Mom His Backpack – Story of the Day

November 14, 2023

Robbers Tricked a Cop – Story of the Day

February 06, 2024

Caitlyn Melissa Murray Is Sean Murray's Daughter Who Co-starred with Him in 'NCIS'

January 12, 2024

Matthew Perry's On-Screen Wife Courteney Cox Speaks Out More than 2 Weeks after His Tragic Death

November 15, 2023

Poor Granny Does Not Sleep for a Week Making Her Orphan Granddaughter a Prom Dress — Story of the Day

February 22, 2024

'Modern Family': What Happened to the Actors after the Show and Why Fans Are Worried about Ty Burrell

November 23, 2023

Adris DeBarge Is Married to an Actor - Facts about El DeBarge's Daughter

November 25, 2023

Jeremy Renner Doesn’t Want to Expose His Only Daughter’s Face — 4 Times We Caught Sight of Her

January 24, 2024

Girl Visits Her Boyfriend to Make a Surprise, Wife She Never Knew about Opens the Door – Story of the Day

December 15, 2023