‘It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia’ Addresses Blackface Controversy In ‘Lethal Weapon 7’ Season 15 Episode

‘It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia’ Addresses Blackface Controversy In ‘Lethal Weapon 7’ Season 15 Episode
Fxx’s It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia is revisiting a past controversy in its current fifteenth season.

In 2020, Netflix pulled an episode of the long-running comedy titled Dee Reynolds: Shaping America’s Youth, which included an interpretation of Lethal Weapon 5. In the episode, show creator and cast member Rob McElhenny plays Danny Glover’s character, Murtaugh, and uses blackface. A later episode offers Lethal Weapon 6, which also uses blackface.

But times change, and what was once deemed funny now is viewed differently in 2021.

McElhenney acknowleged that the show sometimes goes too far in remarks at an FX Network press conference.

“I find that my barometer is off for what’s appropriate sometimes in situations because, like, we’ve spent 15 years making a show about the worst people on the planet, and because it’s satire, we lean so heavily into this idea,” he said. “And then we are always,
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