Mark-Paul Gosselaar admitted that he winced while re-viewing some of his old performances on Saved by the Bell.
In particular, the actor is not a fan of the 1990 episode “Running Zack,” in which his character Zack Morris insensitively wears a traditional Native American headdress.
“I huddled when I saw myself portraying a white guy as Zack Morris, who is like the all-American, blond-haired white guy in a Native American headdress,” said Mark-Paul, 47, on the podcast Zack to the Future ” Today.
In the episode “Saved by the Bell”, Zack’s class presents her origins. The track star finds a photo of a Native American in his home and believes it is a picture of a “distant Indian relative.” He doesn’t take the presentation seriously and paints Screech (Dustin Diamond) Face with red lipstick. When his teacher asks which tribe he comes from, Zack suspects: “Cherokee.”
His teacher isn’t impressed but gives him a second chance and asks him to speak to her friend, Chief Henry. After Zack learns that his ancestor was a chief named Whispering Wind, he comes to class in a stereotypical Native American headdress to demonstrate his family history.