ABC thinks NFL anthem protests are too hot a topic for a sitcom

Getty Images

The ABC sitcom Black-ish has never shied away from hot-button political topics. But NFL anthem protests are apparently a bridge too far.

Kenya Barris, the creator of Black-ish, confirmed that ABC declined to run an episode of the show that included characters arguing over football players kneeling for the national anthem. The episode was set to run on February 27 but was replaced with a rerun, and ABC has no plans to air the episode or make it available on any other platform.

“Given our creative differences, neither ABC nor I were happy with the direction of the episode and mutually agreed not to air it,” Barris told Variety. “‘Black-ish’ is a show that has spoken to all different types of people and brought them closer as a community and I’m so proud of the series.”

There’s been no indication that the NFL leaned on Disney (which owns ABC and ESPN) not to air the show, although Disney has been accused of kowtowing to the NFL in the past. In 2013, a report that the NFL pressured ESPN to pull out of a PBS Frontline show about concussions was denied by the NFL. In 2003, the NFL convinced ESPN to cancel the entertainment show Playmakers, which depicted professional football players engaged in illegal activities.

Six months ago, NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell said the NFL needs to move past the anthem issue. Six months later, this latest controversy shows the country has still not moved past it.

45 responses to “ABC thinks NFL anthem protests are too hot a topic for a sitcom

  1. Llark Hunt and the Chiefs will not put up with kneelers, fist raisers, or protestors. We need more Hunts, and McNairs, who will not let the unmates run the lockdowns.
    Hunt, McNair and Trump……… Making America Great Again

  2. 2008-2017 “Police are brutalizing all black people and are oppressors.

    Same people in 2018 “Police should be the only people in the country with access to guns, they are the only ones fit to protect us.”

    Really shot a hole in the anthem argument.

  3. Not too hot, just too stupid.

    Most Americans love America and want it to do well for the Americans living in it (before and over anyone else).

    Those on the Left, despite how intelligent they BELIEVE themselves to be, that did not get it before the Election still don’t get that they don’t get it. That’s “sad.”

  4. I was at my daughter’s gymnastics meet this morning. A Native American Vietm[nam Veteran in a wheelchair had his daughter hold him up during the anthem. That in a nutshell is why people overwhelmingly can’t stand the players kneeling. Mock them all you want liberals but in the end you are the ones giving us more Trump.

  5. Trump dodged the draft and insulted POWs and doesn’t pay his taxes. Somehow the tubby “SOB” is suddenly the expert in patriotism? What a low IQ snowflake the Orange Julius is!

  6. briang123 says:
    March 11, 2018 at 3:03 pm
    I was at my daughter’s gymnastics meet this morning. A Native American Vietm[nam Veteran in a wheelchair had his daughter hold him up during the anthem. That in a nutshell is why people overwhelmingly can’t stand the players kneeling. Mock them all you want liberals but in the end you are the ones giving us more Trump.
    ——–

    Your circle of “friends” isn’t indicative of the whole, and by no means is it “overwhelming.” Nice straw man argument.

    And for those who indeed “can’t stand the kneelers” their issues go well beyond standing for the anthem, but they insist that it is about the anthem and constantly bring up the military when the rest of us sane individuals know the REAL reason they are so bothered by kneeling.

  7. 195 people killed by police so far this year. Number of unarmed black people in that group…….1. (Source: Washington Post). But the left is begging you to believe there is a conspiracy by police to murder young black men.

  8. 60ftlesbianoctopus says:
    March 11, 2018 at 2:37 pm
    2008-2017 “Police are brutalizing all black people and are oppressors.

    Same people in 2018 “Police should be the only people in the country with access to guns, they are the only ones fit to protect us.”

    Really shot a hole in the anthem argument.
    – – –

    LOL your strawman argument shows that you really have no idea what the anthem protests are all about.

  9. Let a soccer player in England not stand for their anthem and he would be run out of the stadium. There’s more black on black crime then any other. Guns don’t kill people. People kill people. And big deal the president paid to bang a porn star. When Kennedy was banging Marilyn Monroe it was ok. This country means a lot to me. The players protests have and will do nothing. So they have a dialogue going. LOL. We been having that for decades and what’s happened ? Nothing other then giving away 22 TRLLION dollars to help the minority’s and whatngood did that do? If they kneel they should be escorted from the stadium. End of story

  10. Why does Trump even get brought up at all when discussing these protestors? He has nothing to do with it.
    Those ungrateful, spoiled, unpatriotic, troublemakers have ZERO connection with Trump. Its very disturbing that the Left STILL can not get over it, and accept that the this great country elected him and NOT Hillary. My gosh, stop with all the fake news, blaming Trump for everything including Cancer, and just accept that the Majority does not vote your way. great things are happening. Trump has accomplished more than any other President in such a short period of time, and he is doing it in spite of constant attacks, lies, and dirty tricks by the Left media and sickos. Get on board with improving our country, or ya know,, get on board leaving our country. TRUMP and CLARK HUNT,,,,,,,,,getting rid pf the Marcus Peters and making our country great again….one player at a time>

  11. sllabskcustfpk says:
    March 11, 2018 at 3:41 pm
    60ftlesbianoctopus says:
    March 11, 2018 at 2:37 pm
    2008-2017 “Police are brutalizing all black people and are oppressors.

    Same people in 2018 “Police should be the only people in the country with access to guns, they are the only ones fit to protect us.”

    Really shot a hole in the anthem argument.
    – – –

    LOL your strawman argument shows that you really have no idea what the anthem protests are all about.

    ————-

    Unless you believe they were about Kaep being benched for Blaine Gabbert, neither do you….

  12. Iknowitall says:
    March 11, 2018 at 4:03 pm
    Why does Trump even get brought up at all when discussing these protestors? He has nothing to do with it.
    Those ungrateful, spoiled, unpatriotic, troublemakers have ZERO connection with Trump.

    **********************************************************************************

    Probably because Trump chose to inject himself into the situation instead of focusing on his job.

  13. So let me see if I get this right:

    Trump
    Blah blah
    Hillary
    Blah blah
    Fake news
    Blah blah
    Snowflake
    Blah blah
    Make America great again
    Blah blah

    And it wasn’t the majority who voted for him. Get it right. Without an electoral college Republicans can’t win a presidential election.

    Also for those that light to call other people snowflakes, you seem to be the ones triggered by things that aren’t your business.

  14. mmmpierogi says:
    March 11, 2018 at 4:19 pm
    Iknowitall says:
    March 11, 2018 at 4:03 pm
    Why does Trump even get brought up at all when discussing these protestors? He has nothing to do with it.
    Those ungrateful, spoiled, unpatriotic, troublemakers have ZERO connection with Trump.

    **********************************************************************************

    Probably because Trump chose to inject himself into the situation instead of focusing on his job.
    ———————————————

    Well since black unemployment is at a record low and companies are investing tons of cash in to the US it’s apparent that Trump can walk and chew gum at the same time.

  15. We now live in a country that cheerfully imposes stiff tariffs on America’s allies but refuses to impose sanctions on our enemies. The Russians are now the ‘good guys’, while our free press and the FBI are the ‘bad guys’.
    What difference does any of this other crap even make anymore?

  16. why?
    If you’re show is predominantly about african americans why shy away from a subject thats incredibly important to your demographic.
    unless it was tasteless and they tried to make fun of it and are just avoiding a huge backlash that’ll get everyone fired.

  17. The issue isn’t even an issue because all sorts of people on both sides of the issue don’t even know what issue they’re talking about. You could ask 5 different players why they’re kneeling and you’ll get five completely different answers. You could ask five people who oppose the kneelers and you’ll get five completely different responses.

  18. She says the show was pulled because it sucked, not because of the topic.

    I’ve endured a couple episodes of blackish if this one was too bad to show it must’ve really been awful.

  19. Interesting all the opinions here. But what I dont see mentioned anywhere whether the episode supported kneeling, dumped on it, or a mixture of the two. So anyone speaking for or against that is speaking based on their own personal assumption of what was in the show.

    But I think its less of an assumption and more of a liklihood that the NFL bullied someone into pulling the show. If Barris really felt the way he speaks in his statement there he would not have made the show in the first place, something that takes lots of time, effort, and money to do so its not like an accident. He had someone step in and tell him He has a new mindset and what to say about it. That still doesnt speak either way what the episode said though. Even if it supported the NFL’s stance they might just not want the topic being brought up anymore in any context.

  20. edon8334 says:
    March 11, 2018 at 4:49 pm
    it makes conservatives head explode that’s why they won’t do it. i.e 95% of this comment board
    ====================================================

    Seems you’re out of your safe space and into the real world.

  21. FoozieGrooler says:

    The Russians are now the ‘good guys
    ==================================================

    Yes, ever since Hillary hit (literally) the reset button and since Obama told Putin he would have more “flexibility” after his reelection.

  22. Mr. Wright 212 says:
    March 11, 2018 at 3:22 pm

    briang123 says:
    March 11, 2018 at 3:03 pm
    I was at my daughter’s gymnastics meet this morning. A Native American Vietm[nam Veteran in a wheelchair had his daughter hold him up during the anthem. That in a nutshell is why people overwhelmingly can’t stand the players kneeling. Mock them all you want liberals but in the end you are the ones giving us more Trump.
    ——–

    Your circle of “friends” isn’t indicative of the whole, and by no means is it “overwhelming.” Nice straw man argument.

    And for those who indeed “can’t stand the kneelers” their issues go well beyond standing for the anthem, but they insist that it is about the anthem and constantly bring up the military when the rest of us sane individuals know the REAL reason they are so bothered by kneeling.
    ___________________________________________________________

    Ah, yes, the race card. That race card is really getting the Democrats real far these days.

  23. Michael E says:
    March 11, 2018 at 6:56 pm
    FoozieGrooler says:

    The Russians are now the ‘good guys
    ==================================================

    Yes, ever since Hillary hit (literally) the reset button and since Obama told Putin he would have more “flexibility” after his reelection.

    ——
    Don’t forget Hillary and Team-O selling Russia 20% of our uranium….for a $180M investment in the Clinton Foundation

  24. My bet is on the “leader” Goodell, trying to at least keep some rails there for the train to run on…….

  25. It’s only conservatives who’ve never served in the military that had issues. New Rule – If you’ve not given 2 years of you life minimum to active duty you can’t wrap yourself in the flag and call yourself a patriot.

  26. Michael E says:
    March 11, 2018 at 6:54 pm

    edon8334 says:
    March 11, 2018 at 4:49 pm
    it makes conservatives head explode that’s why they won’t do it. i.e 95% of this comment board
    ====================================================

    Seems you’re out of your safe space and into the real world.

    ——————————————————-

    No it looks like im in your safe space. an Anonymous Board

  27. The kneelers and their supporters need to be very careful. Keep pushing and the rest of us are going to stop ignoring you and start paying more attention to you than you will be comfortable with.

  28. Enough about the protests. I do not want to see or hear about it in 2018. These networks are part of the problem. They are the ones zooming in on the players that are doing it.

  29. So folks here it goes, no matter how long we live now in this great country it will be.

    Black Pride or Power, A powerful showing of solidarity defending peoples rights.

    White Pride..
    You are racist….

    Everybody has the same rights here, some just do not want to relinquish the victim status
    because there are benefits to it.

  30. kingthielenscourt says:
    March 12, 2018 at 1:39 pm
    So folks here it goes, no matter how long we live now in this great country it will be.

    Black Pride or Power, A powerful showing of solidarity defending peoples rights.

    White Pride..
    You are racist….

    Everybody has the same rights here, some just do not want to relinquish the victim status
    because there are benefits to it.
    ———-

    You’re so out of touch that it is mind-boggling.

    Then again, when you don’t see things for how they truly are through other people’s lenses, you tend to oversimplify things.

Leave a Reply

You must be logged in to leave a comment. Not a member? Register now!