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    Updated on Jun 24, 2020. Posted on Jun 17, 2020

    "30 Rock" Is Returning With A Reunion Special, Despite Its Racist Past

    The showrunners have yet to address the show's missteps.

    We've seen tons of TV show reunions come in the COVID-19. There was the Parks and Recreation one-off quarantine episode, the Community table read that reunited Donald Glover with the cast, and the Orphan Black table read, among others.

    Now we're getting a 30 Rock special, too, according to Variety.

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    Tina Fey told Vulture back in April what a pandemic episode of 30 Rock would look like, saying Kenneth would be the most prepared and Liz would shelter in place.

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    While this reunion special won't exactly be a new episode, it'll still bring back Tina Fey, Alec Baldwin, Tracy Morgan, Jane Krakowski, Jack McBrayer, and the rest of the main cast for an upfronts special promoting NBC's streaming platform Peacock's new shows.

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    It'll first air on NBC on July 16 and will be shown on USA, E!, Oxygen, Bravo, SYFY, CNBC, and, of course, Peacock on July 17.

    But should the show even come back, given the fact that it featured characters in blackface on various episodes?


    30 Rock infamously featured characters in blackface on various episodes, which is pretty disturbing. Some examples are Jane Krakowski dressing up as a Black football player and Jon Hamm also donning blackface in the live episode.

    People on Twitter understandably called this out.

    How much blackface will this one feature?

    I'm watching for the first time, now on season 5, and came across Krakowski's black face scene, filmed in the early 2010s (now that I'm googling, I have a lot to catch up on re: arguments on "is 30 Rock racist?" Personal impression: Asians are horribly represented)

    We truly don't need more 30 rock lmao read the room

    Will the new 30 Rock contain black face like the old 30 Rock did?

    The 30 Rock showrunners have yet to apologize for the show's missteps.

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