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It’s the Black-ish episode the world will never see. The popular sitcom, starring Tracee Ellis Ross and Anthony Anderson has tackled some controversial topics before. Their Juneteeth episode covered the history of slavery and the show also dealt with the feelings of dread and horror African-Americans faced after the Trump election. Created by L.A. native Kenya Barris, Black-ish has also covered the “N” word and police shootings of unarmed Black men.

But once again, it turns out that the NFL anthem protest remains the most polarizing issue that divides people today. While specific details of the episode have not been shared or leaked, it appears that Black-ish’s attempt to cover it didn’t fly with Disney, the parent company of both ABC and ESPN that makes a lot of money off of the NFL.

Variety reports:

Titled “Please, Baby, Please,” the episode was originally set to air Feb. 27. ABC revealed in a scheduling announcement on Feb. 22 that the episode would be replaced with a rerun of the single-camera family comedy, but did not provide any additional detail at that time about why the change had been made or when “Please, Baby, Please” would air.

“One of the things that has always made ‘Black-ish’ so special is how it deftly examines delicate social issues in a way that simultaneously entertains and educates,” an ABC spokesperson told Variety Friday. “However, on this episode there were creative differences we were unable to resolve.”

 

Shot in November and directed by Barris, “Please, Baby, Please” features Anthony Anderson’s patriarch Dre caring for his infant son on the night of an intense thunderstorm that keeps the whole household awake. Dre attempts to read the baby a bedtime story, but abandons that plan when the baby continues to cry. He instead improvises a bedtime story that, over the course of the episode, conveys many of Dre’s concerns about the current state of the country.

The episode covers multiple political and social issues. In one scene, Dre and oldest son Junior (Marcus Scribner) argue over the rights of athletes to kneel during the performance of the national anthem at football games.

“Given our creative differences, neither ABC nor I were happy with the direction of the episode and mutually agreed not to air it,” Barris, the show’s creator, told Variety. “‘Black-ish’ is a show that has spoken to all different types of people and brought them closer as a community and I’m so proud of the series.”

 

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12 thoughts on “Why Did ABC Decline To Air A ‘Black-ish’ Episode?

  1. African American Woman on said:

    Did anyone read that the producer and the station mutually agreed not to air the episode? Damn,folks, everybody and their mother does not want to have our so called issues stuffed down their throats all the time…we care nothing about what people of other races or nationalities are going through and we don’t hear much about them, because they aren’t stuffing them down everyone’s throats! Do you really think that because you feel something is an issue to you that that’s going to make it important to others??? No, never has, never will…clue- if something is important enough for us to engage in to make changes…then let’s do that-for ourselves…stop trying to force other people into making your issues theirs. It doesn’t and will never work!

    • When I watch tv, it’s for entertainment. Once a comedy sitcom starts to get political and preachy, I stop watching. I can get my fill of politics, religion, social commentary and political correctness any day, any time and any way I want, whenever I want. So when I actually take the time to sit and enjoy some mindless, silly laugh-out-loud craziness, I don’t want a black history lesson. When I watch a show for entertainment, that’s all I want to see and hear. I stopped watching this show a long time ago. Anthony Anderson gets on my last nerve. However, I love me some Traci Ellis Ross. That’s why I watch Girlfriends.

      • African American Woman on said:

        Girl! Amen, pass the collection plate, I feel the holy ghost coming on! Exactly my point! There’s enough doom and gloom in real life…let me zone out while watching tv…not channel my inner Martin Luther King!

  2. specialt757 on said:

    Dang! the NFL got THAT kind of power? Hell I guess they will be running the country next, oh wait…they already do.

    • specialt757 on said:

      Did you hear the country’s deficit of $218B in one month and WAS THE HIGHEST EVER in a single month?!!! AND it’s growing. Your boy is leading this charge. With his new tax plan he cut millions in tax revenue with no real way to replace it. Can’t blame Obama for that, just him and the GOP goon squad.

      • The dummy in chief will try to blame the Obama for the latest deficit. This fool loves saying Obama’s name. Besides the outright jealousy 45 has towards Obama. There is something going on with that fool when it comes to Obama. He can’t keep his name out of his mouth.

      • Yes, I was thinking the same thing in reference to BET, TVONE or OWN. It is shameful when some white Americans doesn’t want to hear the truth. Police brutality and unfair justice for African American and brown people are real. This is why Kap and other athletes are kneeling. It doesn’t have anything to do with the national anthem or the United States flag. ABC is shady on this one.

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