Roseanne Barr’s controversial tweets have finally provoked serious consequences. ABC announced onTuesday it had cancelled the “Roseanne” revival following a tweet by Barr that likened former Obama adviser Valerie Jarrett to an ape.
Barr’s tweet said Valerie Jarrett was the child of the Muslim Brotherhood and the Planet of the Apes film.
In response to Roseanne´s tweet, ABC issues the following statement saying: “Roseanne’s Twitter statement is abhorrent, repugnant and inconsistent with our values and we have decided to cancel her show.”
Speaking at a prescheduled MSNBC town hall event on racism, Mrs Jarrett said the Roseanne Barr controversy was “a teaching moment”.
She added that Robert Iger, chief executive of Disney, ABC’s parent company, had called her to apologise and said he had “zero tolerance” for Barr’s tweet.
Following ABC’s cancellation notice, Barr’s talent agency, ICM Partners, dropped her as a client.
Sara Gilbert, who plays daughter Darlene on the series, posted on Twitter that Barr’s comments were “abhorrent”.
Emma Kenney, who plays Darlene’s daughter Harris, said “the racist and distasteful comments from Roseanne are inexcusable”, adding: “Bullies do not win. Ever.”
As I called my manager to quit working on Roseanne, I was told it was cancelled. I feel so empowered by @iamwandasykes , Channing Dungey and anyone at ABC standing up for morals and abuse of power. Bullies will NEVER win.
— Emma Kenney (@EmmaRoseKenney) 29 de mayo de 2018
The original Roseanne aired from 1988-97 and was critically acclaimed for its portrayal of working-class Americans.
The premiere of the rebooted sitcom in March pulled in more than 25 million people, with delayed viewing counted in.
It was renewed for a second season before the 10 episodes even finished airing.
For years Roseanne’s social media activity has been laced with profanity, provocation and peculiar conspiracy theories.
ABC executives knew all that when they took the risk on the reboot and at first it seemed the gamble had paid off.
Ratings were initially superb, while critics praised the sitcom for tackling American political divisions in a manner sympathetic to the millions of people who voted for Mr Trump – a group which often complained that TV wasn’t made for them any more – while still entertaining millions of his opponents.
Bob Iger, the CEO of ABC parent company Disney, tweeted. “There was only one thing to do here, and that was the right thing.”
From Channing Dungey, President of ABC Entertainment: “Roseanne’s Twitter statement is abhorrent, repugnant and inconsistent with our values, and we have decided to cancel her show.”
There was only one thing to do here, and that was the right thing.
— Robert Iger (@RobertIger) 29 de mayo de 2018