To ABC: Air the 'Banned' Black-ish Anthem Episode
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On February 27, 2018, critically acclaimed ABC show "Black-ish" was set to air an episode that covered many topics about the current state of America, including the rights of athletes to kneel during the performance of the national anthem during football games.
One week before, however, ABC (& show creator Kenya Barris) suddenly decided not to air the episode, citing "creative differences". Out of the many topics that were to be discussed during that episode, it was the "anthem topic" that was pointed out on the ABC announcement.
We are asking ABC to do the right thing and air that episode, titled "Please, Baby, Please". Specifically, we are asking ABC Entertainment president Channing Dungey and parent company Disney's CEO Bob Iger to make this happen.
We understand there may be a conflict of interest since ABC also owns ESPN, who pays $1.9 billon a year on TV rights to the NFL. However, just like you did with Roseanne, look past the money & do the right thing by showing the "banned" Black-ish episode.
We applauded what you did by banning Roseanne, a high-rating show. We'll applaud you even more if you lifted the banned "Black-ish" Anthem episode.
Since you and the ABC team may be afraid of the backlash, the purpose of this petition is to show how many of us actually support the showing of this "Black-ish" Anthem episode. Hopefully there would be a high number of signees.
This will show that -- if you do get backlash -- there are many of us (actually, most of us) that support the airing of the episode...including many celebrities & influencers who asked that this episode get aired.
Don't be like the NFL and appease the demands of individuals who don't understand why Kaepernick took a knee during the anthem. It's not a good look and you don't want that to be part of the legacy of this great show.
To Channing Dungey & to Bob Iger: Do the right thing. Air the banned "Black-ish" Anthem episode.
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