“We shot it maybe two weeks after the election … It was rather quick and it was something that [creator Kenya Barris] felt passionate about and wanted to get this show out and have it air around the time president Trump was being sworn into office so it was timely and topical,” said Anthony Anderson when we interviewed him back in March about “Black-ish” and its much-discussed episode “Lemons” concerning the election of Donald Trump. Now Anderson is Emmy nominated for Best Comedy Actor for the third year in a row and he has submitted “Lemons” to Emmy judges as his episode submission. Watch our exclusive video with Anderson above.
In “Lemons,” Dre (Anderson) and his family react to the election results heard ’round the world — literally. The episode deals with humor but also anger regarding Trump’s surprise election victory as President of the United States, ending with an impactful scene in which Dre delivers a speech to his co-workers about the nation’s history of failing African-Americans. “I love this country,” Dre says, “even though, at times, it doesn’t love me back.”
“Lemons” had a quick turnaround. Trump won the election in early November, and the episode premiered on January 11, nine days before Trump’s inauguration. “It was Kenya Barris’s writing but it was the sentiments of not only Kenya or myself but of millions of people across the country and the world,” said Anderson about the episode and its climactic scene. “I breathed life into those words from my own experience and passion that I have, how I was feeling, how my family and friends were feeling, and so not only was I speaking for the character but I was speaking for myself and for a lot of other people.”
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