December 1, 2022

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Netflix Plays Priest with Caleb’s Daughters

Netflix will not tolerate any “black face” on its platform, regardless of the historical context of the series it contains, regardless of the year the show in question was created, regardless of the intent behind the story. This, I am told, is clear, hard and untouchable corporate American policy.

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Hence the second chapter Daughters of CalebOvila Pronovost (Roy Dupuis) ​​plays the black wizard King Balthazar with shoe polish on his face, removed from Netflix and never to appear again.

A source at Netflix spoke of a “corporate decision that applies to all regions, not just Quebec.” proof’s? A few years ago, Netflix cut the third episode of the third season mad men, Promoter Roger Sterling (John Slattery) sang the part My old Kentucky home, goodnight Face done in black. The scene is then set in 1963 and embarrasses the suave Don Draper (Jon Hamm).

Don’t even look at 14e An episode of the sitcom’s second season Social, a chapter titled “Advanced Dungeons and Dragons”. Netflix removed it because it contained “blackface” footage. The character of Spanish teacher Ben Chang (Ken Jeong) masquerades as a frowning deity with pointed ears and dark skin, face, neck and arms black.

Netflix therefore applies the same rule to all the products it offers without any rationality or cultural judgement. “Blackface” does not exist.

We cut. An easy and simple solution to a very complex problem that requires flexibility and reflexivity.

Because it is not wise to cut all the episodes that offend the viewers. This is very early – and I refrain from writing stupid and stupid.

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when Maniac men Leaving Netflix in July 2020 to rejoin the larger Amazon family, the banned “Blackface” episode was reinstated to the list with a lengthy background panel. This is what Radio-Canada did in the second episode Daughters of Caleb, Tou.TV’s Extra Online. Before the show begins, a disclaimer states that the program is “presented as originally developed” and “may contain various social and cultural representations of today.”

A good compromise is to avoid censorship or job cuts that took place in times that were very different from today’s.

The controversial sequence of Daughters of CalebIt lasts seven minutes and takes place in December 1896. School teacher Emilie Bordelio (Marina Orsini), not yet 18, organizes a “Christmas session” for the children, parents and the entire village of Saint-Tide.

Students Mme Portleau recreates the Nativity with Joseph, Mary and the Magi, and Ovila takes on the role of Balthasar, who presents Mira. Good Ovila stumbles as she enters the stage, her face covered in black makeup and big red lips.

I repeat: we are ranked at the end of the XIXe century There were no blacks in rural Quebec, let alone awareness of racism and discrimination. Today, of course, we will not do it again. In the context of a series like Daughters of CalebThis scene depicts a less glorious reality in our history, but a reality nonetheless.

Blackface, long ridiculed by exaggerating the features of black people, existed in minstrel shows in Montreal and Quebec. There was a first wave in the late 1800s – period Daughters of Caleb – and the second wave from the 1920s. Music composerOh CanadaCalixa Lavallee was also part of an American “blackface” troupe that toured Montreal and Quebec.

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In short, viewing “blackface” is neither inappropriate nor anachronistic Daughters of Caleb.

Also, according to Ovide Provonost (Patrick Goyette), the two male characters who laugh at Ovila, who “butters charcoal in the face to play net,” look awful in the episode. And they are put in their place.

Censorship of Daughters of Caleb Too bad in Quebec for good reason. The novel’s author, Arlette Cousture, and actors Roy Dupuis, Pierre Curci, and Marina Orsini have strongly condemned Netflix’s lack of judgment. They are absolutely right.

Netflix, presents Daughters of Caleb For its Canadian subscribers only, Arlette carved a hole in Koster’s story and changed the content of her story without explanation. No one at Netflix Canada would comment on the removal of the controversial episode.

There is a priest Daughters of Caleb, the priest Grenier (Renault Bouchard), and this priest of 1896 is more progressive than the Netflix of 2022, which unnecessarily plays guardian of morality with its flock. Who needs another priest to separate the good from the (great) evil?