Zero tolerance: “Roseanne” cancelled preceding season 2
As the reboot of the highly successful 90s sitcom, “Roseanne,” was heading into its second season, racist tweets by its lead actress, Roseanne Barr, went viral causing ABC to issue a cancellation of the show. She has since apologized for her “jokes,” but her new show is long gone.
One of her tweets targeted a former African American aid to Obama Valerie Jarrett saying, “Muslim brotherhood and planet of the apes had a baby= vj.”
She has since deleted the tweet and issued an apology over twitter, “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.”
Also involved in her twitter rant were comments regarding Chelsea Clinton. She called Clinton “Chelsea Soros Clinton,” and claimed that Clinton was married to George Soros’s nephew who is involved in many right-wing conspiracy theories.
Clinton disregarded Barr’s tweets saying,”Good morning Roseanne- my given middle name is Victoria. I imagine George Soros’s nephews are lovely people. I’m just not married to one.”
Roseanne continues by saying, “By the way, George Soros is a nazi who turned in his fellow Jews 2 be murdered in German concentration camps & stole their wealth- were you aware of that? But, we all make mistakes, right Chelsea?”
The conspiracy theory Barr described has been debunked many times, with the fact-checking website Snopes, calling it false in 2016.
Following her tweets, ABC announced the cancellation of Roseanne despite its #1 ratings.
“Roseanne’s twitter statement is abhorrent, regugnant, and inconsistent with our values, and we have decided to cancel her show,” stated president of ABC Entertainment Channing Dungey.
Barr’s talent agency, ICM Partners, also reacted to her comments. With a statement from the agency’s head of corporate communications Brad Turell, the company announced that it was dropping Barr as a client. “What she wrote is antithetical to our core values, both as individuals and as an agency. Consequently, we have notified her that we will not represent her. Effective immediately, Roseanne Barr is no longer a client.”
Roseanne originally aired from 1988 to 1997. Upon returning to television, its March premiere drew 18.2 million viewers and became the highest-rated comedy broadcast since 2014. Due to these ratings, many were surprised by ABC’s decision to cancel the show, but many were also happy to see the company take a stance on the issue.