Arthur J. Villasanta – Fourth Estate Contributor
New York, NY, United States (4E) – High-profile racist Roseanne Barr saw her one season-old sitcom reboot, Roseanne, quickly cancelled by ABC after her horrible racist tweet against a former African-American adviser to Barack Obama.
ABC President Channing Dungey axed the show only a few hours after Barr’s tweet. She said “Roseanne’s Twitter statement is abhorrent, repugnant and inconsistent with our values, and we have decided to cancel her show.” Barr’s talent agency, ICM Partners, also ditched the racist TV actress as a client, and said it was “distressed by the disgraceful and unacceptable tweet.”
ABC also cancelled a repeat episode of Roseanne scheduled for Tuesday night, and also began the process of removing each episode of Roseanne from its website.
The target of Barr’s venomous twitter rant on Tuesday was Valerie Jarrett, who once served as a senior advisor to Obama and his assistant for public engagement and intergovernmental from 2009 to 2017. Barr tweeted: “Muslim Brotherhood & Planet of the Apes had a baby=vj.” “VJ” stands for Valerie Jarrett.
Barr made her racist remarks in response to a tweet suggesting that Jarrett might have had a role in helping Obama in a scheme Trump has branded “Spygate,” a debunked conspiracy theory involving an informant being planted in his campaign POTUS keeps pounding on.
The blatantly racist tweet comparing Jarrett to an ape was immediately assailed for what it was. Barr, as is her usual custom after insulting a perceived foe, later “apologized” and deleted the tweet, saying “I am truly sorry for making a bad joke about her politics and her looks.” This didn’t save her show or her reputation as an inveterate racist.
Barr was quickly denounced by long-time colleagues in TV and persons that once supported her. Wanda Sykes, a consulting producer for the show, quit because of Barr’s tweet. Sara Gilbert, a co-star who played Roseanne’s daughter and was one of those responsible for the series revival, said she was “disappointed in her actions to say the least.”
Right-wing celebrity Bill O’Reilly, a staunch supporter of Barr, called her tweet “vicious” and said the series “could not continue with the show without insulting millions of Americans.”
Barr is a leading promoter of right-wing conspiracy theories. Last March, Barr re-tweeted the patently false conspiracy theory that David Hogg, a survivor of the high school massacre in Florida on Feb. 14, gave a Nazi salute at a March for Our Lives rally on March 24. Barr later deleted her tweet, which follows a predictable pattern of insulting a person before taking action to the contrary.
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