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ABC is facing backlash for pulling a "Black-ish" episode that talked about NFL protests

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Twitter is fired up after it was revealed that ABC pulled an episode of the network's hit sitcom, "Black-ish," which was slated to run last month, but was instead replaced with a rerun.

In the planned episode of the show, which often covers multiple political and social issues, patriarch Dre Johnson (Anthony Anderson) gets into a heated argument with his son Junior (Marcus Scribner) about athletes' right to kneel during the National Anthem at football games.

ABC told Variety that the episode was scrapped due to "creative differences," but folks online are suggesting otherwise.

Some fans of the show pointed out that it's not unlike the TV family to tackle social issues, like the N-word and police brutality.

So, what's so different about this time? Well, some people are speculating the ties ABC has with ESPN might have something to do with it.

There's no word on when or if ABC will air the political episode, but some people have been tweeting "Black-ish" showrunner Kenya Barris to air it anyway.

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"One of the things that has always made ‘Black-ish’ so special is how it deftly examines delicate social issues in a way that simultaneously entertains and educates"
ABC Spokesperson to Variety.com
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