British star Idris Elba, in a recent interview to the Radio Times, advocated that racist shows should not be removed or censored, instead be labeled to warn viewers of racist viewpoints. He expressed these views after many TV shows and films have been pulled to show solidarity with the #Blacklivesmatter or #BLM movement.
“That’s why we have a rating system: We tell you that this particular content is rated U, PG, 15, 18,” said the Luther actor and added, “to mock the truth, you have to know the truth. But to censor racist themes within a show, to pull it – wait a second, I think viewers should know that people made shows like this.”
“Out of respect for the time and the movement, commissioners and archive-holders pulling things they think are exceptionally tone-deaf at this time – fair enough and good for you. But I think, moving forward, people should know that freedom of speech is accepted, but the audience should know what they’re getting into,” he continued.
Many TV shows removed or edited racially inappropriate videos after a recent wave of protests erupted across the United States as an aftermath of Geroge Floyd's death. "The Office" and "Community" pulled episodes from rotation - mainly for the depiction of blackface. The higest-grossing film of all time in 1939 "Gone with the Wind" too was temporarily pulled from HBO Max for inappropriate racial content.