The episode “Please, Baby, Please” of “Black-ish”, which was controversially closed before it was broadcast by ABC due to its political content as early as 2018, will finally make it to the air on Hulu.
“Black-ish” creator Kenya Barris shared the news in a statement Monday.
“We were a year after the election and came to the end of a year that left us, like many Americans, struggling with our country’s state and worried about its future. These feelings flowed out to the side and became 22 minutes of television that I was and still am extremely proud of, “said Barris. “‘Please, darling, please’ did not air that season and although much has been speculated about its content, the episode has never been seen in public … until now.”
Barris said he asked Walt Disney Television to release the episode after the rebroadcast of the show’s “Juneteenth” and “Hope” amid nationwide demonstrations for racial rights and against police medals.
“I can not wait for everyone to finally see the episode for themselves, and as was the case almost three years ago, we hope it inspires a much-requested conversation – not just about what we struggled with then or how it led to where we are now, but talks about where we want our country to move forward and, most importantly, how we get there together, ”he added.
In an interview with Amount which took place just when the news of the episode was released, “Black-ish” star Tracee Ellis Ross revealed that she has still never seen the episode and has little recollection of it.
“What I remember is that we shot the episode and then when we found that it was preserved, all I thought to myself was why? “I do not remember shooting anything that was bad, what did we do,” Ross said Amount reporter Angelique Jackson. “It will be interesting for me to look back and remember, because I really have no memory.”
At the time, ABC attributed its decision not to broadcast the episode, which was exclusively reported by Amount, to “creative differences” with Barris and the producers that they “could not resolve.”
Barris used the same “creative differences” term, but the argument over the episode was allegedly a significant factor behind his departure for a mega total deal on Netflix later that year.
Directed by Barris, the episode features Anthony Anderson’s Patriarch Dre taking care of his infant at night during an intense thunderstorm that keeps the entire household awake. Dre tries to read the child a story at bedtime, but abandons that plan when the child continues to cry. Instead, he improvises a story about going to bed that during the episode conveys many of Dre’s concerns about the country’s current state.
The section covers several political and social issues. In one scene, Dre and his eldest son Junior (Marcus Scribner) argue about athletes’ rights to kneel during the performance of the national anthem at football games.
According to a source with knowledge of the situation, ABC’s concerns about the episode were related to comments made by characters about President Donald Trump, not to football history.