‘Roseanne’ Has Been Cancelled After Roseanne Barr’s Racist Twitter Rant
You just can't say that.
In a rare case of the entertainment industry doing what’s right instead of what’s profitable, American network ABC has cancelled its hit reboot of classic sitcom Roseanne after the show’s creator and star, Roseanne Barr, posted a horrific racial slur on social media.
In a now-deleted tweet, Barr compared Valerie Jarrett, a former advisor to President Barack Obama, to an ape, writing that Jarrett was the result of the Muslim Brotherhood and Planet of the Apes having a baby. She also tweeted that former first daughter Chelsea Clinton is married to the nephew of billionaire George Soros, before claiming that Soros is a Nazi.
Soros is a frequent target of anti-semitic attacks, and Jarrett is African American.
@therealroseanne tweet now deleted and apology has been issued. Screenshot here so people can still see it. Hey @ABCNetwork when someone shows you how much of a racist they are, believe them the first 500 times pic.twitter.com/teZkRo3SGw
— Mark M (@MarkDesigner) May 29, 2018
In response, ABC announced it was pulling the plug on Roseanne, despite it being one of the network’s top rated shows.
“Roseanne’s Twitter statement is abhorrent, repugnant and inconsistent with our values, and we have decided to cancel her show,” said ABC Entertainment president Channing Dungey.
The series has also been dropped by its Australian broadcaster Network Ten, effective immediately.
For what it’s worth, this isn’t the first time that the Trump-supporting actress has shared bizarre right-wing conspiracy theories on social media. Following the outrage over her recent comments, she announced she was leaving Twitter, although we’ll see how long that lasts.
A number of Barr’s co-stars have since taken to social media to distance themselves from her remarks.
I am hurt, embarrassed, and disappointed. The racist and distasteful comments from Roseanne are inexcusable.
— Emma Kenney (@EmmaRoseKenney) May 29, 2018
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. I am disappointed in her actions to say the least.
— sara gilbert (@THEsaragilbert) May 29, 2018
Various other celebrities have applauded ABC’s decision.
But honestly she got what she deserved. As I tell my 4 year old, one makes a choice with one’s actions. Roseanne made a choice. A racist one. ABC made a choice. A human one.
— shonda rhimes (@shondarhimes) May 29, 2018
I’m glad Roseanne is canceled.
The backlash to its cancellation is going to be a deafening nightmare.
Nothing good has come of this entire thing.
— Kumail Nanjiani (@kumailn) May 29, 2018
Thank you Channing Dungey!https://t.co/VIlKTF9y7Z
— Viola Davis (@violadavis) May 29, 2018
Bye Felicia https://t.co/ctqnZqZGhv
— Larry Wilmore (@larrywilmore) May 29, 2018
Excited for the literally anything else that Laurie Metcalf and John Goodman will do now
— Joss Whedon (@joss) May 29, 2018