Fans beg Black-ish creator to air controversial episode that was banned due to creative differences

Fans beg Black-ish creator to air controversial episode that was banned due to creative differences

'Please, Baby, Please' was not aired as it covered the rights of athletes to kneel during the anthem

ABC decided to shelf a 'Black-ish' episode that centered around political and social themes. Apparently, this decision came as a result of 'creative differences' with the show's creator Kenya Barris.

The episode, titled 'Please, Baby, Please', was set to air on February 27 but was replaced with a rerun of a previous episode. The network has not made any indication on whether they intend to air the episode at a later date or if it will make it available through other ways.

Kenya Barris decided not to air a 'controversial' 'Black-ish' episode. (Getty)
Kenya Barris decided not to air a 'controversial' 'Black-ish' episode. (Getty)

'Black-ish', despite being a sitcom, is one of the most vocal shows about political and social issues. The episode that was axed made an attempt to cover various social and political issues that presently take place in the United States. In one scene, Dre, the father, argues with his oldest on junior about the rights of athletes to kneel during the national anthem at football games.

ABC spoke to Variety, stating that the show was axed due to 'creative differences'. “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. However, on this episode there were creative differences we were unable to resolve.” an ABC spokesman said to the media outlet. 

Kenya Barris also issued a statement which said: “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.”

'Black-ish' has received widespread critical praise for its ability to seamlessly address socio-political issues. Some of the issues covered include Donald Trump's elections, police brutality, and the N-word. 

Fans have reached out to Kenya Baris, asking him to air the episode. In an open letter, a fan asked Mr. Barris to consider distributing the unaired episode on the sly. The fans, who converge at a local barbershop, had a simple proposition for Mr. Barris: "Dem Cut Boyz barbershop offers free haircuts for life to Mr. Kenya Barris. During one of your appointments, I predict that you will fall asleep during a hot shave. Somehow, LaTrice Briscoe’s bad-ass son, Deonte, will somehow “find” the DVD or flash drive with the “Please, Baby, Please” episode in your pocket."

"The episode will somehow end up being uploaded to YouTube, Facebook, and Black America’s favorite streaming service: World Star Hip Hop." he continued.

Fans of the show want the episode to air. But with ABC being owned by Disney, the company is more likely to maintain a 'likable' public facade. In all likeliness, the episode may never see the light of day, unless the directors believe in the freedom of speech and expression.

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