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'Black-Ish' Show Runner Gives Vague Answer To Why Political Episode Was Pulled Before Airing

By Jonna Ivin-Patton

Variety is reporting that "creative differences" between ABC and creator/showrunner Kenya Barris are behind the shelving of an episode, titled Please, Baby, Please, of the hit series Black-ish.

The episode centers around father Dre, (Anthony Anderson) trying to get his newborn to sleep. When all attempts fail he begins telling the baby about the state of the world. Eventually a debate erupts between Dre and oldest son Junior (Marcus Scribner) over football players having the right to take the knee during the National Anthem in protest of systematic racism and police brutality. Quarterback Colin Kaepernick started the protest in 2016 and, not coincidentally, remains unsigned.

A spokesperson for ABC had this to say about the episode:

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.