Literally moments after the outrage had settled in over America over Roseanne’s disgusting, racist tweet about former Obama adviser Valerie Jarrett, one of the head writers, Wanda Sykes, tweeted that she wouldn’t be returning to the show. Sara Gilbert, the actress who portrays Darlene Conner, also sent out a pair of tweets distancing herself and the rest of the cast and crew from Roseanne’s horrific outburst.
Those actions were good, but the swift decision by ABC themselves to simply cancel the show was even better. In a statement from ABC Networks, ABC Entertainment president Channing Dungey said:
Roseanne’s Twitter statement is abhorrent, repugnant and inconsistent with our values, and we have decided to cancel her show.”
The decision will undoubtedly spark outrage now on the right, who immediately rushed to Roseanne’s defense, claiming that her “Planet of the Apes” reference was to policy positions, despite the fact that Roseanne herself, in her half-hearted apology, specifically admitted to making a comment about Ms. Jarrett’s “looks,” indicating that she actually meant that Jarrett looked like an ape.
That wouldn’t bother many Trump supporters to begin with, since they spent eight long years calling President Barack Obama, his wife Michelle, and his daughters Sasha and Malia ALL “apes” on a pretty consistent basis.
Racism, unfortunately, has come surging back to the surface of America’s consciousness since not just the inauguration, but even the candidacy of Donald Trump, who ran for the nation’s highest office on an overt platform of xenophobia, racism, homophobia, Islamophobia, and sexism.
Small wonder, then, that his most notorious celebrity supporter would feel so comfortable saying something publicly like this.
A stark and startling wake-up for Roseanne, whose show was immensely popular — before she opened her mouth on Twitter.
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