ABC Yanks ‘Black-ish’ Episode About NFL Players’ National Anthem Protests Due To ‘Creative Differences’
One of the things that makes “Black-ish” so epic and necessary is the show’s ability to tackle and address tough topics with finesse.
Whether it’s the “N word,” racism and/or police brutality the show never shied away from some real talk.
But, it appears ABC draws the line when it comes to the NFL.
According to Deadline, the buck stopped with an episode addressing the players’ protests against police brutality by kneeling during the National Anthem.
The network shelved the episode, set to air on February 27, over “creative differences,” according to creator and executive producer Kenya Barris.
Given our creative differences, neither ABC nor I were happy with the direction of the episode and mutually agreed not to air it.
‘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.
A previously released synopsis of “Please, Baby, Please” reads: “Dre is on baby duty for the night during a storm, and the household is wide awake.
He decides to read a crying Devante a bedtime story, but when that doesn’t do the trick, Dre tosses it aside and begins to tell a story of his own about the current state of the country in a way Devante will understand, on a special episode…”
Written and directed by Barris (co-written with Peter Saji) the episode reportedly included a scene in which Dre (Anthony Anderson) and son Junior (Marcus Scribner) argue about football players’ police brutality protests during the national anthem.
“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,” said an ABC spokesperson. “However, on this episode there were creative differences we were unable to resolve.”
WOW – but, I’m not surprised.