In an in-depth, revealing feature with GQ, Issa Rae covered a number of topics.
She was asked about the reported disagreement between Kenya Barris and ABC on a black-ish episode which would have tackled NFL players protesting the state of race in America by kneeling for the national anthem.
“That would infuriate me. You know? Like, I’m out here telling the truth, and I’m telling my authentic experience, and you pride yourself on having this show that exposes the plight of a black family in the United States, and then you’re censoring: No, not that. We don’t want to see that part. The world isn’t ready for that. America’s not ready. That’s crazy to me…. Kenya tries to couch so much in a family show, and get so much across, in a way that I really respect and admire. But a lot of the time it is just mired in the Disney, ABC of it all.”
After news surfaced that Barris was contemplating leaving his deal at ABC Studios due to the recent disagreements, ABC president Channing Dungey said, “We have loved working with Kenya and would love to continue.”