RELATED STORIES Scrubs creator Bill Lawrence has addressed the program’s depictions of blackface, simply days after numerous episodes were pulled from Hulu at his demand.
During Monday’s installation of the Scrubs podcast Fake Doctors, Real Friends, Lawrence took sole responsibility for the collection’ use of blackface and also said sorry to celebrities Zach Braff, Donald Faison as well as Sarah Chalke for placing them in an uncomfortable position. (One episode included J.D. using blackface at an event, and one more featured J.D. as well as Elliot in blackface, made up to look like Turk in a set of dream series.)
“The reason why that word ‘showrunner’ exists in tv is due to the fact that you’re the gatekeeper, and anything that gets allowed on a show you eventually need to take duty for,” Lawrence said. “So, first of all, extremely sorry that any of you men had to take care of any kind of things due to the fact that … even though we’re all close friends and also it was a super imaginative and also mutual environment, you people still, at the end of the day, did as well as were receptive to doing whatever stuff we told you [to do]”
At no point did Lawrence attempt to justify Scrubs‘ use blackface. “It starts with ignorance,” he stated. “We nearly thought that we had … a freebie to not have those ideas [concerning the history of blackface] at that time because we were so f– king pleased with ourselves for doing a very varied program, in front of and behind the electronic camera. [We had a] excellent black-and-white relationship that exists as a genuine black-and-white relationship, a fantastic interracial pair … It was almost a block of pompousness where we were like, ‘We’re so good at what we’re doing as well as portraying and also revealing that we can never ever venture right into sloppy waters.’ And already, keeping that very same ignorance, we never ever really linked both of those points previously. You do the reading, and also it’s not any various.”
He also obliterated a void counterargument regarding the program’s occasional use of whiteface. “There’s a large ‘both sides-ism’ point,” he claimed. “I’m obtaining tons of … ‘Well, you’re gon na pull that episode where Donald plays Cal Turk and is a white individual and an insurance coverage representative, right?’ And also I’m like, ‘No, I’m not,’ due to the fact that as a white individual, that is not based in any systemic racism for me, or history, or any type of negativeness … I find that kind of debate to be so counterproductive as well as ludicrous.”
During the 42-minute conversation, Lawrence additionally recommended that the episodes depicting blackface will “most likely” return to Hulu after he has the chance to get rid of the offensive product. “Twitter is like, ‘Why did you pull the entire episodes?’ Why didn’t you simply edit those moments out and place them back on?’ As well as I said to someone, ‘It’s a pandemic. I do not really have an editing center up today.’ I’ll most likely do that, however the first thing I wanted to do was obtain them off TV because it bummed me out directly,” he stated. “It simply made me really feel sh– ty.”
Press PLAY on the podcast listed below to hear the full conversation in between Lawrence, Braff, Chalke as well as Faison.