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ABC cancels Roseanne over racist tweet

by Leigh Jones
Posted 5/29/18, 02:44 pm

The ABC television network has canceled the hit reboot of the sitcom Roseanne after its star tweeted a racist comment about a former Obama administration staffer. Actress Roseanne Barr issued an apology for suggesting former White House adviser Valerie Jarrett came from a union between the Muslim Brotherhood and the Planet of the Apes. Jarrett was born in Iran and is African-American. Barr described the comment as a “bad joke.” But ABC Entertainment President Channing Dungey called the comment “abhorrent, repugnant, and inconsistent with our values.” The Roseanne reboot was a huge hit with fans, especially conservative viewers who liked the characters’ unabashed support for President Donald Trump, but it retained the trashy ethos Barr personified during the show’s initial run, making it far from family-friendly.

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Leigh Jones

Leigh is the news editor for WORLD Radio. She is a World Journalism Institute graduate who spent six years as a newspaper reporter in Texas before joining WORLD. Leigh also co-wrote Infinite Monster: Courage, Hope, and Resurrection in the Face of One of America's Largest Hurricanes. She resides with her husband and daughter in Houston, Texas.

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  • OldMike
    Posted: Tue, 05/29/2018 08:23 pm

    So a trashy “celebrity” says something trashy! What a shock!  

    If Roseanne-the-actress was a liberal playing a trash-mouth liberal Trump-bashing character on her show, and Roseanne-the-actress made a similar trashy comment about Sara Huckabee Sanders or Kellyanne Conway, would her show have been cancelled?

    NO WAY!  Just exercising her right of free speech! 

    But of course, that’s not hypocrisy. Only the Right can be hypocrites.  The Left expresses itself, free-speech-wise, through “humor” and satire. Like Michelle Wolf. We say the same sort of things, we’re awful racist intolerant hater hypocrites. And deserve to lose our jobs/livelihoods. 

    Ok. Rant over 

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    Brendan Bossard
    Posted: Tue, 05/29/2018 08:39 pm

    Kathy Griffin was fired.

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    Brendan Bossard
    Posted: Tue, 05/29/2018 09:06 pm

    Common sense rules for life:

    1.  Never joke that an Iranian is descended from religious bigots and murderers.

    2.  Never joke that a Black person is descended from apes.

    3.  Never complain when someone who does these things gets fired, no matter the political slant.

    I recall the conservative Christian furor over Ms. Barr's "cup adjustment" joke after singing the National Anthem before a Padre's baseball game in 1990.  And she is our "ally" now?

    Wisdom is crying out in our streets.  When will we listen?

  • E Cole
    Posted: Wed, 05/30/2018 06:32 pm

    Racism has to be seen as a different category from all the other trash that gets verbally tossed around these days, and those of us who believe that we are created in the image of God should be first in line to denounce it. We live in a nation where “science” was used to excuse cruel treatment of a race of people who were described as having more in common genetically with apes than with white people. Can you even imagine how insulting that is? In 1906 the Bronx zoo had a black man in a cage for people to gawk at and compare to the apes. Think about that, and stop trying to make this all about Trump. Please. Think.


  •  Xion's picture
    Posted: Wed, 05/30/2018 05:09 pm

    Roseanne, the crazy socialist who ran as a Green Party candidate in 2012, has made a career of saying crazy conspiracy stuff, yet no one cared.  Her unforgivable sin was voting for Trump.  The end was only a matter of time.  Even left wing loons will be shot by their own for straying from the pack.  Any show which says anything positive about Trump will be terminated, no questions asked.

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    Brendan Bossard
    Posted: Wed, 05/30/2018 08:57 pm

    Xion, the issue was the racist underpinnings of the joke.  That is the beginning, middle, and end of the story.

  • OldMike
    Posted: Thu, 05/31/2018 03:03 pm

    Sorry, I did not intend to seem to say this is just about Trump.

    The left hates us.  They insult us in ways we can not get away with when we insult them.  Spend a little time with Google.  You will find some pretty rank things said about Thomas Sowell, Kay Coles James, Tony Dungy, because they happen to be outspoken BLACK conservatives.  Another example: for those who remember Bill Cosby BEFORE it came out that he was a sexual predator, he was widely excoriated by the left for what he said about Black families suffering from the absence of fathers and the lack of teaching the children about personal responsibility.  As I recall, there were some racially offensive remarks that any of us would recoil from.

    But when it is the LEFT saying horrible things about Black Conservative Americans, the angry response is pretty muted.  Becasue, you know, the left speaks only the truth.  Riiiiiiiiiiight.

    And as a Bonus Feature (tip of the hat to Mr. Bossard) Here are some of OldMike's Rules:

    1) Never waste time on TV sitcoms, no matter what viewpoint they may espouse.

    2) Never pay any attention whatsoever to opinions expressed by TV "stars" no matter what viewpoint they may be espousing.

    3) Pay even less attention to the opinions, actions, lives of those who become "famous" for nothing, including such people as the Kar-trash-ian Klan.

    4) Never particularly care, or even notice, when folks of the above-mentioned ilk get fired, promoted, advanced, or demoted.  Yep, I violated my own rule by commenting about Roseanne.

    The TV in my house has been disconnected for over a year.  Somehow it seems I don't miss anything I regret.

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    Brendan Bossard
    Posted: Fri, 06/01/2018 03:39 pm

    Fair enough.  Tip o' the hat to you, too, Mr. OldMike!