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Netflix Removes Episode of ‘W/ Bob & David’ Featuring David Cross in Blackface Sketch

Torrey Hart

Netflix has removed an episode of one-season 2015 comedy show “W/ Bob and David” – which features Bob Odenkirk and David Cross – because of a sketch that features Cross in blackface, Variety reported Tuesday.

The sketch, called “Know Your Rights,” appeared in the show’s third episode. It has also been pulled from Netflix’s YouTube account.

In it, Cross plays a man named Gilvin Daughtry, who attempts to demonstrate citizens’ rights at a traffic stop manned by Keegan-Michael Key (“Key and Peele”) and Jay Johnston (“Moral Orel”) as police officers. Following “a string of unsuccessful attempts to provoke Key,” Daughtry comes back in blackface and says, “Hello, brother. How can I be of service to you today?” according to Variety.

A message reading “every race in America has equal rights” then appears at the bottom of the screen, and Key brings Johnston (who is white) over to handle the situation. Johnston’s officer pepper sprays Cross’ character in the face and tases him.

On Monday, Cross tweeted that the streamer planned to remove the episode, and defended the sketch, saying it was meant to “underscore the absurdity” of the “ridiculous, foolish,” character he plays.

Odenkirk also responded, saying “Our comedy is always about the human element, never about making a political point.”

Netflix’s action regarding the episode comes as it announced a $5 million pledge to organizations that help black creators, black youth and black-owned businesses in the U.S.

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