Aug 11, 2020
Censored Black-ish episode to air on Hulu after being shelved by ABC in 2018
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“Black-ish” creator Kenya Barris shared the news in a statement Monday.
“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.Those feelings poured onto the page, becoming 22 minutes of television that I was, and still am, incredibly proud of,” Barris said. “’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.”
“I cannot wait for everyone to finally see the episode for themselves and, as was the case nearly three years ago, we hope it inspires some much-needed conversation — not only about what we were grappling with then or how it led to where we are now, but conversations about where we want our country to go moving forward and, most importantly, how we get there together,” he added.
At the time, ABC attributed its decision not to air the episode, which was reported exclusively by Variety, to “creative differences” with Barris and the producers that they “were unable to resolve.”
Barris used the same “creative differences” term, however, the argument over the episode was allegedly a significant factor behind his departure for a mega overall deal at Netflix later that same year.
Directed by Barris, the episode features Anthony Anderson’s patriarch Dre caring for his infant son on the night of an intense thunderstorm that keeps the whole household awake. Dre attempts to read the baby a bedtime story, but abandons that plan when the child continues to cry. He instead improvises a bedtime story that, over the course of the episode, conveys many of Dre’s concerns about the current state of the country.
The episode covers multiple political and social issues. In one scene, Dre and oldest son Junior (Marcus Scribner) argue over the rights of athletes to kneel during the performance of the national anthem at football games.
According to a source with knowledge of the situation, ABC’s concerns over the episode were related to comments that characters made about President Donald Trump, not to the football storyline.View this post on Instagram
#BLACKISH Lost Episode Alert!!! #413. Soooo soooo soooooo happy to finally be able to share this episode of television with you at this time means everything to me. Please tune into HULU to watch under Season 4’s slate.
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Iran's Rouhani Says U.S. Faces Defeat in Bid to Reimpose U.N. Sanctions
DUBAI (Reuters) - The United States faces defeat in its move to reimpose U.N. sanctions on Tehran, Iranian President Hassan Rouhani said on Sunday, as Washington declared all U.N. sanctions on Iran had been restored.
"America is approaching a certain defeat in its sanctions move ... It faced defeat and negative response from the international community," Rouhani said in a televised speech.
"We will never yield to U.S. pressure and Iran will give a crushing response to America's bullying," he said.
The Iranian rial fell to a record low against the U.S. dollar on Sunday following the Trump administration's declaration.
The U.S. currency was offered for as much as 273,000 rials, up from 267,800 rials on Saturday, according to foreign exchange site Bonbast.com, which tracks the unofficial market.
Iran has dismissed the U.S. sanctions move as "void and illegal" and U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres told the Security Council on Saturday he cannot take any action on the U.S. declaration because "there would appear to be uncertainty" on the issue.
The three European parties to the nuclear deal - France, Britain and Germany - said in a statement on Sunday that any decision or action taken to reimpose U.N. sanctions "would be incapable of legal effect" because Washington used a mechanism agreed under a 2015 nuclear deal between Iran and world powers, which the United States quit in 2018.
However, Trump plans to issue an executive order allowing him to impose U.S. sanctions on anyone violating sanctions against Iran.
The Iranian foreign ministry described Washington's efforts as "futile", adding that "the U.S. approach is a major threat to the international peace and security and an unprecedented threat to the U.N. and the Security Council".
“Iran emphasizes that if the U.S., directly or with the cooperation of a number of its allies, makes any move in line with these threats, it will face a serious reaction and should account for all its dangerous consequences,” the ministry said in a statement, without elaborating.
Washington has unilaterally reimposed sanctions on Iran since 2018, which combined with a drop in oil prices have crippled the economy in Iran, which also has the highest COVID-19 death toll in the Middle East with 24,301 deaths.
Iran's rial has lost about 75% of its value since 2018.
(Additional reporting by Laurence Frost in Paris; Writing by Parisa Hafezi; Editing by Toby Chopra)
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