National Anthem ProtestsLatest News and Opinion
Posted Wednesday 5/23/18 at 2:17PM EDT
NFL to require players on the field to stand for the National Anthem
The new NFL policy also allows players to stay in the locker room during the anthem. The new policy will fine teams if players don't show respect for the anthem.
Posted Tuesday 5/15/18 at 10:53PM EDT
Kenya Barris says "we've moved past" the pulled Black-ish episode, but ABC wouldn't let him comment on the Roseanne joke
"We’ve moved past it," the Black-ish creator says of the “Please, Baby, Please” episode that he agreed with ABC to yank that would've tackled political and societal isues, including NFL players kneeling. "We just had a difference of opinion. I don’t think it’s the first time an episode hasn’t aired. It probably won’t be the last. And I feel like it was something for us that we felt like we couldn’t come to an agreement and mutually decided just to move past it.” ABC Entertainment president Channing Dungey addressed the pulled episode earlier today, saying: "Much has been made of the kneeling part of it, which was not even really the issue." Meanwhile, when Vulture asked Barris about the Roseanne joke that seemed to slam Black-ish and Fresh Off the Boat, "an ABC representative interrupted and didn’t allow him to answer."
Posted Tuesday 5/15/18 at 1:10PM EDT
ABC boss addresses rumored tension with Black-ish creator, says kneeling athletes was "not really the issue" in yanked episode
ABC Entertainment president Channing Dungey said there were "a number of different elements that we had a hard time coming to terms on" in the network's decision not to air a February episode of Black-ish. As for rumored tension that has reportedly led Black-ish creator Kenya Barris to seek an early exit from ABC deal and move to Netflix, she said: "He’s under contract with ABC Studios. Further specifics are not under my purview."
Posted Tuesday 4/24/18 at 1:57AM EDT
Colin Kaepernick to honor his mother on VH1's Dear Mama: A Love Letter to Moms
The former NFL quarterback, who spearheaded the National Anthem protests, will pay tribute to his adopted mom Teresa Kaepernick on the May 7 special.
Posted Saturday 3/10/18 at 6:13PM EST
ABC shelved a politically themed Black-ish episode over "creative differences"
The Black-ish episode titled “Please, Baby, Please" was scheduled to run on Feb. 27, but was abruptly pulled from the lineup days earlier and replaced with a rerun. According to Variety, the episode tackled political and social themes, including the NFL players' National Anthem protests. “Given our creative differences, neither ABC nor I were happy with the direction of the episode and mutually agreed not to air it,” creator Kenya Barris tells 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.” ABC, which hasn't confirmed whether the episode has been shelved permanently, said via spokesperson: “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. However, on this episode there were creative differences we were unable to resolve.”
Posted Monday 2/05/18 at 8:51AM EST
NBC blames "equipment failure" for blackout during Super Bowl
“We had a brief equipment failure that we quickly resolved. No game action or commercial time were missed," an NBC spookesperson said of the black screen that led to some people joking that NBC was paying tribute to The Sopranos finale in the middle of the game. Brands like Tide quickly capitalized on the blackout. “Clean clothes are still clean in the dark. If it's clean, it's a #TideAd,” the laundry detergent brand tweeted.
- Hope was the theme in many of this year's Super Bowl ads
- There were no National Anthem protests at the Super Bowl
- Kevin Hart sparred with security to try to get onto the Super Bowl trophy podium
- Kevin Hart later dropped an F-bomb live on NFL Network
- Pink sent a savage tweet to a troll mocking her National Anthem performance
- Pink explained on Twitter that she spit out a throat lozenge (not gum)
- See The Voice Super Bowl ad: Blake Shetlon, Kelly Clarkson and Adam Levine mock country cliches
- How did Danny McBride end up starring in an Australian tourism ad?
Posted Friday 2/02/18 at 3:15AM EST
NBC: NFL players’ National Anthem protests didn’t scare off Super Bowl ad buyers
“Nobody that we’ve approached has said we’re not interested because of what’s going on,” says Dan Lovinger, NBC Sports Group’s executive vice president of sales. “The Super Bowl transcends the league itself and all of those things that have come up in the past year and a half. I think advertisers recognize that, and this is the only event I know in television where people actually say they come to the screen to watch the ads more so than the content itself.” NBC is expected to rake in $500 million from this year’s Super Bowl.
Posted Wednesday 1/10/18 at 2:41AM EST
If NFL players kneel at the Super Bowl, they’ll be shown live on NBC
Sunday Night Football executive producer Fred Gaudelli doesn’t, however, expect there to be any kneeling because “since Thanksgiving much of that has dissipated.”
Posted Thursday 1/04/18 at 2:08PM EST
NFL TV ratings were down 9.7% during the 2017 season
The 2017 drop follows an 8% drop from the 2016 season, which was attributed to the presidential election. A variety of factors have been blamed for the ratings drop, from NFL players kneeling during the National Anthem to the dilution of NFL games. This season, Thursday Night Football was shown on CBS, NBC, Amazon Prime and NFL Network.
Posted Thursday 12/21/17 at 5:41PM EST
“Papa John” to step down as CEO of Papa John’s two months after his controversial National Anthem protests criticism
John Schnatter, Papa John’s founder who has appeared in numerous commercials for his pizza chain with Peyton Manning, will step down as CEO but will remain chairman of the board. Last month, Papa John’s apologized after its founder publicly criticized NFL leadership over the National Anthem protests by football players, which had resulted in neo-Nazis publicly embracing the pizza chain. Earlier this year, Schnatter blamed the protests for slowing his company’s sales growth. New CEO Steve Ritchie declined to say whether Schnatter's comments influenced his decision to step down. Ritchie also said the company hasn't decided if Schnatter will continue to serve as Papa John's spokesman. ALSO: NFL says it had no contact with Papa John's regarding Schnatter's exit.
Posted Sunday 12/17/17 at 12:55PM EST
NFL owners may return to having teams stay in the locker room during the National Anthem
To avoid National Anthem protests, owners may go back to how it used to be before 2009. Teams staying on the field for the National Anthem only started happening in 2009.
Posted Friday 11/03/17 at 1:59PM EDT
ESPN’s new social media policy tells employees to not “embroil the company in unwanted controversy”
“Do nothing that would undercut your colleagues’ work or embroil the company in unwanted controversy,” reads the new guidelines that come weeks after Jemele Hill’s suspension for embroiling the company in unwanted controversy.
Posted Thursday 11/02/17 at 4:50PM EDT
TV executives blame overexposure, not National Anthem protests, for declining ratings
“Media executives are rallying around an explanation for the National Football League’s declining TV ratings: too much football available in too many places,” according to The Wall Street Journal. As CBS Sports chairman Sean McManus points out, the addition of London games (which sometimes start at 6:30 a.m. PT) and Thursday Night Football have diluted the product. ESPN historian James Andrew Miller agrees: “Thursday Night Football is like bad food & small portions. Protect players; protect schedules; protect partners. Stop madness."
Posted Monday 10/16/17 at 6:18AM EDT
Glee and American Idol alum Jessica Sanchez took a knee while singing the National Anthem at an NFL game
The Season 11 Idol runner-up knelt while singing the words “home of the brave” during the Chargers-Raiders game Sunday in Oakland.
Posted Thursday 10/12/17 at 2:11PM EDT
ESPN’s Jemele Hill will continue to be paid during her two-week suspension
ESPN oral history author James Andrew Miller tweeted that Hill's suspension is with pay.