Banned ‘Black-ish’ Episode Focused On Trump’s Charlottesville Comments To Be Released On Hulu
In 2017, ABC pulled a Black-ish episode focused on how President Donald Trump dealt with the white supremacist rallies in Charlottesville. Now, three years later the episode is finally able to be streamed by viewers on Hulu.
Kenya Barris, the creator of Black-ish tweeted the news sharing, “In November 2017, we made an episode of black-ish entitled Please, Baby, Please. We were one-year post-election and coming to the end of a year that left us, like many Americans, grappling with the state of our country and anxious about its future… Please, Baby, Please didn’t make it to air that season and, while much has been speculated about its contents, the episode has never been seen publicly… until now.”
— kenya barris (@funnyblackdude) August 10, 2020
Barris left ABC shortly after being informed the episode would not be aired and went to Netflix. However, it did not stop him from pushing for the release of the episode due to the importance of the moment and what the episode shares.
The tweet goes on to share, “Thank you to ABC Entertainment for allowing this moment to happen. And thank you to the entire Black-ish family for never shying away from tough conversations, making telling stories like this possible.”
In the episode, Anthony Anderson’s character Dre shares bedtime stories focused on his feelings on Trump one year after the election and conversations with his oldest son about athletes kneeling during the national anthem.
Although the episode was made to be released three years ago, all topics shown in the episode are still extremely prevalent today, especially with this year being another election year. In an interview, Barris shared, “In a time right now when we’re seeing so many things where people have questions, having a comedy show is one of the things that have the ability to let you take a spoonful of medicine while you’re laughing.”