AMC has decided against eliminating an episode of Mad Men consisting of blackface, regardless of many television series’ disposing of such material from their catalogs.
In a statement offered to the Los Angeles Times on Wednesday, they explained that the questionable episode would, rather, consist of a disclaimer caution viewers that it ‘contains troubling images connected to race in America.’
My Old Kentucky Home premiered during season 3 of Mad Guys and reveals character Roger Sterling – played by actor John Slattery – wearing the highly offensive make-up.
AMC’s choice comes as all seven seasons of the well-known drama are set to make their move from Netflix to Amazon’s IMDb TELEVISION on July 15.
‘One of the characters is shown in blackface as part of an episode that shows how commonplace racism was in America in 1963,’ reads the episode’s disclaimer.
‘In its reliance on historical authenticity, the series producers are committed to exposing the injustices and inequities within our society that continue to this day so we can examine even the most painful parts of our history in order to reflect on who we are today and who we want to become.
‘We are therefore presenting the original episode in its entirety,’ it concluded.
In the questionable episode, Roger Sterling shamelessly paints his face and performs a performance of the tune My Old Kentucky Home, during a country club celebration.
In regards to his use of blackface, Sterling states at one point: ‘I did this at home for her with a little shoe polish. She thought it was a scream.’
Though most of the party’s guests appear to be enthralled by Sterling’s offending performance, Don Draper – played by Jon Hamm – is disgusted by the display and leaves the party with his other half Betty – played by January Jones.
Popular series, such as Scrubs, 30 Rock, and The Office, have all made the decision to entirely eliminate blackface episodes from their specific libraries.
However according to the Los Angeles Times, numerous have criticized the speedy erasure and discover that ‘providing original content with a contextual note is a more efficient approach.’