National Anthem ProtestsLatest News and Opinion
Posted Friday 8/17/18 at 1:55PM EDT
ESPN won't air the National Anthem during Monday Night Football
Source: NBC Sports
ESPN will avoid the National Anthem kneeling controversy this season by not showing the anthem. ESPN president James Pitaro said at today's media day: "We generally have not broadcasted the anthem and I don't think that will change this year. Our plan going into this year is to not broadcast the anthem .... again that could change. It's unpredictable what could happen in the world but as of now, we're not. We have communicated that back to the NF. They have not asked but as courtesy and good partners we have let them know what our plans are."
Posted Thursday 6/07/18 at 5:41PM EDT
Tracee Ellis Ross says ABC's yanking of a Black-ish episode was "frightening"
Source: New York Daily News
The actress says she never got an answer for why ABC shelved the February episode, which tackled the National Anthem Protests. "The details of why the episode was pulled and everything that has surrounded that, I do not have the answers for,” Ross said in a Hollywood Reporter roundtable. “To a certain extent, I have purposefully stayed out of those conversations because I’ve had no power to do something beyond that." Noting that the Black-ish cast is usually involved in the show's content, she added: "I have asked for the information and pushed for the information that I felt would be helpful to me and constructive in what I can do with it, because I find it frightening." Black-ish creator Kenya Barris addressed the pulled episode last month, telling Vulture: "We just had a difference of opinion... I feel like it was something for us that we felt like we couldn’t come to an agreement and mutually decided just to sort of move past it." ABC Entertainment president Channing Dungey also said last month that the kneeling "was not even really the issue, but I don’t want to get into that. At the end of the day, this was a mutual decision between Kenya and the network to not put the episode out.”
Posted Tuesday 6/05/18 at 1:02PM EDT
Fox News apologizes for implying Philadelphia Eagles players kneeling in prayer were protesting the National Anthem
In fact, none of the Eagles players kneeled during the National Anthem during their Super Bowl season. Fox News showed the Eagles players while reporting on President Trump disinviting the team from today's ceremony that was to celebrate their Super Bowl victory after most of the team said they wouldn't attend. "This can’t be serious," tweeted Eagles tight end Zach Ertz, before the apology. "Praying before games with my teammates, well before the anthem, is being used for your propaganda?! Just sad, I feel like you guys should have to be better than this."
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
Source: Chicago Sun-Times
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
Source: Ad Week
“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
Source: CBS Sports
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.