After being an Instant Hit, ‘Roseanne’ Gets Canceled Over Racist Tweets from Roseanne Barr
Some people just can’t act right and that’s Roseanne Barr. This is not the ’90s and you can’t just make flippant remarks that go under the radar. Once it’s out on social media, that’s it. Early this morning, Roseanne tweeted that former Obama advisor Valerie Jarrett was akin to an ape. In fact, her specific words were “muslim brotherhood & planet of the apes had a baby=vj.” Immediately consulting producer Wanda Sykes refused to return to the show and the statements from other cast members began to come in such as Sara Gilbert, who plays her daughter on the show. Sara referred to her statements as “abhorrent.”
“Roseanne’s recent comments about Valerie Jarrett, and so much more, are abhorrent and do not reflect the beliefs of our cast and crew or anyone associated with our show,” Gilbert tweeted. “I am disappointed in her actions to say the least.”
She added: “This is incredibly sad and difficult for all of us, as we’ve created a show that we believe in, are proud of, and that audiences love— one that is separate and apart from the opinions and words of one cast member.”
Walt Disney’s Chairman and CEO Robert Iger who is over ABC seconded the motion of Roseanne needing to be canned, repeating ABC Entertainment President Channing Dungey’s statment of “Roseanne’s Twitter statement is abhorrent, repugnant and inconsistent with our values, and we have decided to cancel her show.” He added on his own behalf that “There was only one thing to do here, and that was the right thing.”
As the backlash of these things tend to go far and wide, it has been noted that the advertisers who had nothing to say about her words were Target, Pepsi, Microsoft, Samsung, Buick, Olive Garden, Dr Pepper Snapple Group, Ashley Furniture, SunTrust, Ford, Southwest, Hotels.com, Kimberly-Clark Corp and GSK so expect them to each be targeted individually next. Unfortunately that is the world we live in now. Anytime you have any association with a person who makes a controversial statement, you are expected to immediately denounce not only their views but the person themselves.
Going back to our opening statement about this not being the 90s, Roseanne has made many a controversial statement over her career. She’s especially known for being a firebrand on social media. Anyone remember the time she called Hillary a murderer on Twitter and confirmed it on late night television? One would think if she could survive that she could survive anything. Another piece to realize in all of this is that Roseanne has admitted to having ADHD and bipolar disorder so it puts her words into context.
Personally, if I were to hear someone who is bipolar make an offensive statement, I would respond realizing they have a mental disorder. But of course in 2018 those things are not taken into consideration. The topic of mental health was discussed extensively in a previous piece about Kanye West where I stated that he had a breakdown a year ago, admitted to abusing opioids and taking nowhere near the amount of pills prescribed to him. He was taking around 2 a week when he was prescribed 2 to 4 a day so what does one expect? So how do the incendiary remarks from a person get discussed without mentioning their mental state? That’s what intelligent people would do but, sadly, not everyone has that to rely on.
The Roseanne Show also became quite the topic of political discussion. Roseanne was a Trump supporter and filled a void in television representing middle America, their values as well as the political leanings of people there. Hell, even President Trump tried to take credit for the success of the show which she denied, but one has to acknowledge the role that the 2016 election held in the production of the show. Obviously there was a long ignored Conservative underbelly in the country that had been getting ignored and this show catered directly to them. Sadly, her reckless tweeting lead to the show’s cancellation.
Now that the Roseanne Show has been canceled, you have to ask how we got to this point in America that a tweet can get a show canceled? Look no further than Colin Kaepernick. Taking a knee on the field lead to years of calls of him and everyone else who took a knee to be fired or reprimanded. Had he been left alone, this type of censureship might not be occurring today. Self-expression deemed as offensive would likely be resolved with an apology or a statement but since we are years into seeking to destroy the careers and livelihoods of people over singular statements, this is why this happened. I did another piece on destroying people’s careers over trivial commentary and actions. Should she have been reprimanded? Yes. Was the show’s cancellation worth it? That’s probably overboard.
Glitzers, sound off below. Do you think Roseanne’s show should have been canceled over a single tweet?
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