‘Roseanne’ Canceled at ABC Following Racist Tweet, by Lesley Goldberg.
ABC, in a stunning move, has decided to cancel its Roseanne revival following star Roseanne Barr’s racist tweet Tuesday.
muslim brotherhood & planet of the apes had a baby=vj
— Roseanne Barr (@therealroseanne) May 29, 2018
“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 Tuesday. …
Barr subsequently apologized: “I apologize to Valerie Jarrett and to all Americans. I am truly sorry for making a bad joke about her politics and her looks. I should have known better. Forgive me — my joke was in bad taste.”
Walt Disney Co. CEO Bob Iger also weighed in on the decision to cancel Roseanne: “There was only one thing to do here, and that was the right thing,” he tweeted. …
Barr’s tweet prompted a massive outcry across social media, with thousands condemning the actress-comedian’s comments and calling on ABC to cancel her series. The Disney-owned network’s decision to cancel the comedy marked the first time the network has taken action in response to one of Barr’s controversial tweets. …
Roseanne was slated to return in the fall for an expanded 11th season of 13 episodes as ABC looked to build on the show’s momentum. In a victory lap of sorts, Barr was the centerpiece of ABC’s upfront presentation to Madison Avenue ad buyers earlier this month. The revival was part of a larger effort by Dungey — broadcast’s lone African-American network topper — to cater to the underserved community who turned out in force to elect Donald Trump.
The End of ‘Roseanne’, by John Podhoretz.
A mere nine hours after Roseanne Barr posted an astonishingly racist tweet about Obama intimate Valerie Jarrett, the American Broadcasting Company did something that has never happened before in the history of broadcasting: It canceled TV’s #1 show.
The show was heralded as the first program to try and make sense of the Trump era, and it generated an enormous audience that dissipated some over the course of three months but was still in powerhouse territory.
Networks like ABC build entire weekly schedules around giant hits like Roseanne, so its departure from the airwaves isn’t just a matter of replacing it with another half-hour. This was a decision that had to sting and sting hard.
So, if you are not sufficiently PC, one tweet or statement is enough for you to lose your job — even if the PC broadcaster had to can the #1 show on TV to do it. Barr’s apology did nothing but encourage the PC mob.
Of course, the real crime of Roseaanne Barr was to be non-PC and popular on TV. So they took away her TV show.
Notice this only works one way. Disgusting “jokes” about non-PC people occur nightly on liberal US TV, and Australian TV copies the tone if not the volume. Has Kimmel or Colbert been canceled yet? I don’t think so.
Their jokes are funny and edgy. Ours are bad and a firing excuse.
Who is Valerie Jarrett? By The Wrap.
Jarrett, who is African-American with no ties to the Sunni Muslim organization known as the Muslim Brotherhood, was one of most senior and long-term presences in the Obama White House and a lightning rod for right-wing critics. …
During the Obama administration, rumors swirled on right-wing blogs that Jarrett secretly intended to promote Islam in the United States and that she once expressed her desire to make America a “more Islamic country.”
Barr is currently starring in a wildly successful reboot of her old comedy series “Roseanne” on ABC, but has faced rising backlash from some online over her combative Twitter presence.
Australia follows: Network Ten cancels Roseanne Barr’s hit show after racist tweets. By Joe Flint.
Network Ten announced it was cancelling Roseanne in Australia this morning, tweeting: “Network Ten has also confirmed it will be removing Roseanne from TEN and ELEVEN effective immediately.”
A Network Ten spokesperson said, “Network Ten is appalled and disgusted with Ms Barr’s racist tweet.”
The decision came after America’s ABC made the same move, declaring the tweet “abhorrent” and “repugnant.”
Not that “racist” means anything consistent any more, but:
Today’s news in which 65-year-old actress Roseanne Barr, having pulled off one of the more stunning comebacks in TV history — first reassembling her great supporting cast (John Goodman, Laurie Metcalfe, etc.) and then winning giant ratings — blew up her revived “Roseanne” show with a pretty suicidal tweet reminds us again of why the concept of Rule By Actresses had never occurred to any political political theorist before.