'Black-ish' creator explains why controversial episode was shelved
On 'The Daily Show' Thursday night, Kenya Barris, the creator of 'Black-ish' discussed the controversial episode about racism in America that, until now, had not been allowed to air as it was shelved by ABC in 2018. The episode, titled "Please, Baby, Please," which is now available to stream on Hulu, tackles racial injustice include the Charlottesville white supremacist rally and NFL players kneeling in protest against police violence. On why the episode was shelved in the first place, Barris stated, "I guess there were creative differences in why it was shelved. I think that it was a really interesting time in Disney's, sort of, growth and, at the same time, it was an interesting time in our country's growth, and it was the most blatantly partisan episode of 'Black-ish' we had ever done." Barris said that, at the time, he was unwilling to put out the episode if it were changed and ABC was unwilling to put it out if it was not changed. However, after the network re-aired two episodes surrounding racial injustice in June, Barris had a very "honest" conversation with the Chairman of Disney, Bob Iger, in which the two came to an understanding that now is the right time for the shelved episode to see the light of day, and Barris could not be more thrilled to "start a conversation."