Tracee Ellis Ross, Regina King, more stars to recreate ‘Golden Girls’ with all-Black cast

Sara M Moniuszko, USA TODAY-September 8, 2020, 9:17 AM

Tracee Ellis Ross, Regina King, Sanaa Lathan and Alfre Woodard are coming together to recreate “The Golden Girls” with an all-Black cast.

The actresses took to Instagram Monday to share a promo of the project, which included a video showing the original “Golden Girls” group before the image changes to show their heads on the original cast’s bodies.

Lathan appears on Blanche’s body, King is placed on Dorothy, Ross on Rose and Woodard on Sophia.

Celebrities took to the various comment sections to praise the project.

Kerry Washington gave the announcement an emoji round of applause: “👏🏾👏🏾👏🏾👏🏾👏🏾👏🏾👏🏾”

Halle Berry wrote, “Yes please! ♥️”

Ava DuVernay shared an emoji: “🙌🏾”

Ashley Platz also shared clapping emojis: “👏🏼👏🏼👏🏼”

Ross wrote on Lathan’s post, “Blanche is that you? 👀”

According to the virtual event’s sign-up page, Ross, King, Lathan and Woodard will share their rendition of the classic sitcom, “reimagined with an all-black cast,” during an “evening that takes a look back to the sitcoms of yesteryear.”

The “Golden Girls” reimagining is directed by Gina Prince-Bythewood and hosted by Lena Waithe, according to the page’s description.

USA TODAY has reached out to Ross, King, Lathan and Woodard’s reps for comment.

In order to sign up for the event, which is in partnership with Zoom, fans have to “sign up to receive messages about how you can make a change during this election!”

The page also alludes to there being more episodes in the pipeline.

“The first episode is spotlighting and supporting Color of Change – the nation’s largest online racial justice organization,” the page reads.

The virtual watch party is set to begin Tuesday at 9 p.m. ET.

The “Golden Girls” reimagining comes months after reports that Hulu removed an original episode of the show over blackface concerns.

The 1988 episode of the sitcom, titled “Mixed Blessing” (Season 3 Episode 23), shows Michael (Scott Jacoby), the son of Dorothy (Beatrice Arthur), planning to marry an older Black woman, Lorraine (Rosalind Cash).

In the episode, Blanche (Rue McClanahan) and Rose (Betty White) were wearing mud masks when they met the fiancée.

“This is mud on our faces,” White says in the episode. “We’re not really black.”

USA TODAY confirmed the episode had been removed from the streaming platform at the time and reached out to Hulu for comment on the reasoning behind the removal.

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