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Roseanne Cancelled Due to Racist Tweet

Filed under: Uncategorized — Patterico @ 8:01 pm

Because I like quoting the New York Times to troll the trolls, here is…the New York Times:

Two months ago, Roseanne Barr was a star again.

Her sitcom “Roseanne” returned in March after a two-decade absence to enormous ratings on ABC. Network executives were celebrating their strategy of appealing to wider swaths of the country after Donald J. Trump’s surprising election win and the president himself called Ms. Barr to congratulate her on the show’s large audience.

But on Tuesday, that all came crashing down. ABC abruptly canceled “Roseanne” hours after Ms. Barr, the show’s star and co-creator, posted a racist tweet about Valerie Jarrett, an African-American woman who was a senior adviser to Barack Obama throughout his presidency and considered one of his most influential aides. Ms. Barr wrote if the “muslim brotherhood & planet of the apes had a baby=vj.”

My guess is that some people will try to argue that this tweet is not racist, and that I am a New York Times tool for accepting their characterization of the tweet as racist. With any luck, we can have a 1000-comment thread where people recharacterize Barr’s tweet as, I don’t know, a comment about gun control because of Charlton Heston? You’re limited only by your own creativity.

Here’s the game. I declare the tweet racist because, well, it is. Because Barr likes Trump, you find some disingenuous way to defend it.

You might prefer a different game, since that one is kind of a loser for you. The truth is: whether a hit show should be cancelled over a tweet is another discussion. If defending the tweet doesn’t work, I recommend backtracking to that more solid ground. Find examples of racist Obama supporters making racist comments and keeping their positions, and all of a sudden you have something to be outraged about. The story is five hours old at least. I’m sure the fuel for your outrage is out there. All you have to do is go find it.

I, however, will not be doing that for you.


  1. I can’t stand Rosanne Barr, and have no inclination to watch her show.

    I think ABC was right to fire her, given the risk of advertiser backlash.

    HOWEVER,I do take issue with the characterization of the tweet as racist. It’s especially telling IMHO that no one, anywhere that I can find, has attempted to explain why, exactly, it’s racist.

    Here’s my reasoning; Trump is often called “an orange Orangutan” and Bush was oft likened to a chimp. So, why, exactly, is it racist to liken someone to an ape? And if so, isn’t likening anyone (Trump, Bush, etc, included) to an ape racist?

    My take is that of course it’s not racist to liken Trump, Bush, or for that matter Obama or Clinton, to apes, monkeys, or anything.

    To me, giving special status to one race on this or any issue is what’s racist.

    Comment by Arizona CJ — 5/29/2018 @ 10:13 pm

  2. I agree. I think the only thing that made it racist is we have different standards for speech when the person targeted is black.

    Comment by DRJ — 6/2/2018 @ 8:42 am

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