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It is suddenly cloudy for the popular sitcom It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia.

Given the sensitivities of the moment, Netflix has allegedly pulled one or more episodes from its online catalog because they feature characters wearing blackface.

Supporters of the show have responded on social media, however, to insist that Netflix is missing the entire point.

Fox News reported that “Fans started taking to Twitter early Saturday to question the streaming service about its decision to remove a few of the popular show’s episodes in the United Kingdom, specifically pointing to the axing of an episode titled ‘Dee Reynolds: Shaping America’s Youth.’

“Multiple fans of the show claimed that Netflix was wrong for allegedly stripping the episode from its catalog because it involved characters condemning the use of blackface…Social media users claimed that when they went to watch episodes of the series, the streaming service says they are ‘no longer available’…A rep for Netflix did not immediately return Fox News’ request for comment.”

Apparently Netflix also deleted the episode or episodes here in the U.S. as well.

Devotees of the show condemned Netflix’s action as yet another form of cancel culture for failing to recognize the underlying message:

Now renewed for its 15th season, It’s Always Sunny is the longest-running, live-action comedy in TV history.

Separately, Howard Stern has found himself immersed in a related controversy. A recently unearthed highly offensive video clip from the 1990s depicts the former shock jock, who has now become an ultra-liberal, anti-Trump celebrity supplicant, wearing blackface and using the N-word. It remains to be seen if there will be any repercussions for the SiriusXM host, whose career is winding down, as a result of the footage.

Other entertainment liberals such as Jimmy Kimmel and Jimmy Fallon, along with Joy Behar of The View, seem to have a past affinity for performing in blackface. None of them have lost their TV platforms. Fallon has apologized, however.

Canada’s Liberal Prime Minister Justin Trudeau managed to win reelection despite being caught wearing blackface back in 2001. And Democrat Ralph Northam is still governor of Virginia despite his infamous yearbook photo.

Robert Jonathan

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