Kenya Barris, the creator of “black-ish”, has announced that an episode of the show’s politics that was pulled by ABC in 2018 is now available on Hulu.
“I can’t wait for everyone to finally see their own episode,” Barris wrote on Instagram on Monday, adding that he hopes the episode inspires some “much-needed conversation.” “.
The episode titled “Please, Baby, Please”, was originally scheduled to air during the fourth season of the Emmy-nominated show in February 2018, but has yet to be publicly released so far.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, the episode features the character of Anthony Anderson, Dre, reading “Please, Baby, Please”; – a children’s book by Oscar-nominated filmmaker Spike Lee and his wife, producer. Tonya Lewis Lee – for his son, Devante.
While reading the book, Dre incorporated commentary on his feelings for President Donald Trump a year after the election, calling Trump the “King of the Shade”. In another scene, Dre argues whether athletes should kneel while singing the national anthem as a form of protest against police brutality and racial injustice. The episode also mentions a 2017 white nationalist protest in Charlottesville, Va., In which a protestant was killed.
“We were a year after the election and coming to an end of one that leaves us, like many Americans, grappling with the situation of our country and worrying about its future,” Barris wrote on Instagram. “Those feelings flooded the page, becoming the 22 minutes of television I was and still am extremely proud of.”
At the time, an ABC spokesperson told Deadline that the network decided to withdraw the episode due to its irreconcilable “creative difference”.
However, the stars of the cast have voiced the network’s decision for years since then, with Tracee Ellis Ross calling ABC’s move “scary” and Anderson lamenting that Barris was “bleeding,” his sweat and tears “for the episode, just to have it. is rescheduled at the last minute, according to The Hollywood Reporter.
Barris told the store that he tried to incorporate ABC hint cuts in the episode, but was not satisfied with the end result in the end.
“In the end what is the outcome, and I think the network will agree, not be a real representation of what we’re going to do,” Barris said. “Because if that’s the case, we showed it.”
In the context of the nation considering the racism that followed George Floyd’s death, “Please, Baby, Please,” found a new home on Hulu, acquired last year by The Walt Disney Co. making it the corporate sibling. by ABC when it was purchased.
“I asked Walt Disney Television to review the episode’s delivery,” wrote Barris. “Realizing the importance of the moment, they listened and agreed.”
Neither Hulu nor ABC responded to NBC News’ requests for comment on Tuesday. However, Barris thanked ABC in his post for “allowing this moment to happen” and the “black-ish” cast have never dodged difficult conversations. “
“Black-ish” has now won four Primetime Emmy Awards and will return for season 7 this fall.