ABC Cancels ‘Roseanne’ After Racist Twitter Joke

ABC Cancels 'Roseanne' After Racist Twitter Joke
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May 29th, 2018 – Roseanne Barr has apologized after tweeting racist comments about former Obama aide Valerie Jarrett, but ABC finally took a stand and announced her show’s cancellation. The comedian has gone on many a controversial tweet storms but, much like our current president, she doesn’t always apologize when her feet get held to the fire.

But the reactions on Twitter were much stronger today as she quickly became the top trending topic. People not only held her feet to the fire but brought them straight to ABC and the companies who advertise on the network.

Barr has since removed the tweet, but screenshots continue to pop up across the Internet. The initial tweet seemed to be in response to another conspiracy about the CIA spying on French presidential candidates. Fellow conspiracy-prone Twitter users began throwing out former Obama aides’ names to the mix, and that’s when Barr decided to degrade Jarrett.

“Muslim brotherhood & planet of the apes had a baby=vj,” she wrote early Tuesday morning. 

ABC Cancels 'Roseanne' After Racist Twitter Joke

ABC’s president issued a statement following a flood of condemnation.

“Roseanne’s Twitter statement is abhorrent, repugnant and inconsistent with our values, and we have decided to cancel her show,” ABC Entertainment President Channing Dungey said in a statement.

Initially Barr fell back on the tried and true “just joking” defense when CNN reporter Andrew Kaczynski questioned how long ABC could ignore the comic’s statements.

Kaczynski was joined by thousands of other people asking the network, which has already begun production on season two of Roseanne, when they will stand up to the outrageous, racist comments.

Barr released an apology saying the joke was in bad taste and that she would be leaving the social media platform.

Jarrett has long been a target of right-wing conspiracy theorist who believe she tried to make the United States a more Islamic country. So far, she has declined to comment on the incident, but those who have personal and professional relationships with her have had plenty to say. Former White House colleague David Axelrod told Politico:

“I’m proud of Valerie and the extraordinary life and contributions she’s made. Can anyone say the same about that tweet? It brands itself.”

Before ABC made the official cancellation announcement, some members of the creative team had already spoken out. Wanda Sykes, a consulting producer on the show, tweeted that she wouldn’t be returning for season two, and Sara Gilbert, who plays Darlene expressed her disappointment in the tweet.

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