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Netflix removes blackface sketch with David Cross and Bob Odenkirk from their show W/Bob and David

Netflix removes blackface sketch with David Cross from his 2015 show with Bob Odenkirk titled W/Bob and David

Netflix has taken down an episode of Bob Odenkirk and David Cross’ 2015 comedy show W/Bob and David due to a scene in which Cross plays a character in blackface.

The streaming giant confirmed the news to Variety on Tuesday but declined to comment any further. The sketch, called Know Your Rights, appeared in the third episode of the show’s first and only season.

Cross, 56, revealed the news himself first on Monday and defended the sketch to his followers, explaining that it was intended to ‘underscore the absurdity’ of his character. 

Pulled: Netflix has taken down an episode of Bob Odenkirk and David Cross' 2015 comedy show W/Bob and David due to a scene in which Cross plays a character in blackface

Pulled: Netflix has taken down an episode of Bob Odenkirk and David Cross’ 2015 comedy show W/Bob and David due to a scene in which Cross plays a character in blackface

He tweeted: ‘Hey all, Netflix is going to pull this sketch from With Bob & David because the ridiculous, foolish character I play puts on “black face” at one point.’

Adding: ‘The point of this was to underscore the absurdity…well, here’s your last chance to figure it out. 

Cross’s character is named Gilvin Daughtry, who claims to be part of an organization called ‘Citizens Against Unlawful Abuse’ that show to maintain your rights in the face of police harassment. 

Cross, 56, revealed the news himself first on Monday and defended the sketch to his followers, explaining that it was intended to'underscore the absurdity' of his character.

Cross, 56, revealed the news himself first on Monday and defended the sketch to his followers, explaining that it was intended to ‘underscore the absurdity’ of his character.

Better Call Saul actor Odenkirk, 57, also spoke about the decision made by Netflix, and defended the sketch on Twitter.

Better Call Saul actor Odenkirk, 57, also spoke about the decision made by Netflix, and defended the sketch on Twitter.

Later in the sketch, Cross appears in blackface, and says, ‘Hello, brother. How can I be of service to you today?’ while a message saying ‘every race in America has equal rights’ is shown on the screen. 

His character is then sprayed in the face with pepper spray by a white cop, who also uses a taser on him as well as spraying him again before the sketch finishes.   

Meanwhile, Better Call Saul actor Odenkirk, 57, also spoke about the decision made by Netflix, and defended the sketch on Twitter.  

‘We considered every choice we made doing our show, and always aimed to make you laugh and think, and never make an obvious or easy point…that very much includes this sketch,’ he said.

Odenkirk added: ‘Our comedy is always about the human element, never about making a political point.’

Gone: The sketch, called Know Your Rights, appeared in the third episode of the show's first and only season

Gone: The sketch, called Know Your Rights, appeared in the third episode of the show’s first and only season

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