In November 2017, Mr. Black-ish creator Kenya Barris wrote an episode of his Emmy Award-winning comedy, “Please, Baby, Please” that tackled racism in America, from the Charlottesville protests to kneeling in the NFL. Just a week before it aired in 2018, Disney banned it. Now, the episode will finally see the light of day on Disney’s general entertainment service, Hulu.
“We were a year after the election and we were coming to the end of a year that left us, like many Americans, facing the state of our country and worried about its future,” Barris wrote in a statement on Twitter. “These feelings poured into the page, becoming the 22 minute television I was, and still am, incredibly proud of.”; Please, Baby, Please “did not make it air that season and while much has been speculated about its content, the episode has never been seen publicly … until now. ”
The episode is available to air on Hulu right now, but it is unclear if Disney plans to air the episode on ABC. The network may use new programming and is interested in it Black-ish episode after the controversial decision of the company to house him. Initially, the network’s main concerns were “related to the comments the characters made about President Donald Trump, not the football scene,” according to variety. The episode comes after massive protests around the world fighting racism and injustice.
“I can not wait for everyone to finally see the episode for themselves, as was the case almost three years ago, hopefully it inspires a much needed conversation – not just about what we were getting together at the time or how “led to where we are now, but talks about where we want our country to move forward and, most importantly, how we get there,” Barris wrote in his statement.
The episode focuses on Anthony Anderson’s Dre telling his son Devante a story about the first year of humanity on Earth, according to Reporter Hollywood. The combination of allegorical stories and very real news clips, including the kneeling of NFL players and protesters, allows Barris and his team to address the anxiety that most of the country faced each year during the Trump presidency, i said the creator THR back in 2018.
Both Disney executives and the Barris team were on board with the episode – a high-profile production that cost more than $ 3 million and had talent like Spike Lee attached. Then, a week before the episode aired, all-time executives up to that time — then-director Bob Iger reportedly expressed concerns about audience alienation, with Iger talking to Barris about his “political sensitivities.” being a broadcasting network in 2018 “.
Also worth noting: Disney was in the midst of trying to win 21 Century Fox. The anger of a Republican-led Justice Department while trying to make a deal is something Disney executives apparently wanted to avoid, according to THR.
The network suggested Barris and his team do the editing on the episode, but “it was not as easy as a suck here or a tap there, and the clean tonnage of anti-Trump material digging through the episode eventually made the workout invalid, “according to reporter. Instead, both sides rejected it. Barris would continue to leave the ABC family and sign a general agreement with Netflix worth $ 100 million.
For now, the episode will live on Hulu for now. Disney’s general entertainment service entertained more than 35 million subscribers in June.