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ABC cancels show after star Roseanne Barr’s “Ape” Tweet about Former Obama Adviser

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ABC Entertainment has announced the cancellation of the rebooted version of Roseanne, said to be America’s number one sitcom following comedian, tv producer and show star Roseanne Barr‘s joke on Twitter comparing a Barack Obama adviser Valerie Jarrett to an ape.

“Muslim brotherhood & planet of the apes had a baby=vj,” Barr referring to Jarrett, tweeted on Tuesday morning.

Barr, in a series of tweets  attacked Valerie Jarrett, Chelsea Clinton and George Soros.

ABC’s president Channing Dungey said in a statement: “Roseanne’s Twitter statement is abhorrent, repugnant and inconsistent with our values, and we have decided to cancel her show.”

Dungey’s statement was quoted by Disney Chairman Robert Iger, who tweeted that “There was only one thing to do here, and that was the right thing.”

Barr’s management company ICM Partners also announced on Tuesday, in a statement to Variety, that it would cut ties with Barr. “We are all greatly distressed by the disgraceful and unacceptable tweet from Roseanne Barr this morning. 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.”

Barr later apologised and said she was leaving Twitter:

https://twitter.com/therealroseanne/status/1001470384556752898

https://twitter.com/therealroseanne/status/1001471669641216005

She later posted a series of tweets, asking that her followers not defend her.

In an attempt to provide an explanation for her comments, Barr said she was under the influence of the sleeping drug Ambien.

https://twitter.com/therealroseanne/status/1001675404468457472

https://twitter.com/therealroseanne/status/1001678566298406912

https://twitter.com/therealroseanne/status/1001691333059334144

Barr also continued to share tweets from other Twitter users who showed support for her. The users compared her comments with others made by other comedians and media personalities like Keith Olbermann, Bill Maher and Joy Behar.

Jarrett was due to speak on MSNBC’s “Everyday Racism” town hall before the controversy. While there, she was asked to respond to the news which she said: “I think we have to turn it into a teaching moment. I’m fine. I’m worried about all the people out there who don’t have a circle of friends and followers who come right to their defense.”

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Photo Credit: Theo Wargo/Getty Images for NBC

6 Comments

  1. Sherlie Holmes

    May 30, 2018 at 1:51 pm

    I like Roseanne. She looks good and aged well.

    But this was tasteless on so many levels, shame on you and that lackluster “victim-like” apology….

    • Fizzy

      May 30, 2018 at 5:06 pm

      Really lacklustter apology. But then, he career is now dangling on a thin thread. Reality is yet to hit her. Such a foolish thing to do.

  2. OA

    May 30, 2018 at 6:24 pm

    Roseanne is an omo ilele, if you put her on the bed, she will still find her way back to the floor. I used to like the show when I was younger, as soon as she came out identifying with her political affiliations, and announced that the show was coming back, I didn’t even bother – I didn’t even know until yesterday that the show was aired on ABC. Agreed, she is ignorant but cannot be so ignorant to use such derogatory words on social media. For her to even come out and start trying to blame medication or any entity or anyone is even more egregious than the initial atrocity itself.. Life should not be this complicated. When we are as small as age 2, we sef know that we can tend to be good or bad i.e. we all have an inbuilt moral compass. You cannot now at this age, be doing things that small children should be chided/spanked for and think you will get away with it. I suppose she considered the current environment where “certain” people have been doing all sorts and getting away with it and thought she would easily walk away from her indecency. Issokay, let the TV stations that identify with her beliefs scoop her up. No problem, that way she will still be catering to her ignorant audience.

    • Akpeno

      May 30, 2018 at 7:23 pm

      My dear, the plan I think is for Fox to pick up her show so she can continue her racist views with the right audience…. not sure how she will do it now though… half of the cast already said they quit… but, who knows… everyone has a price.

  3. RazzNBougie

    May 30, 2018 at 8:20 pm

    So she blamed it on her medication?

    The statement from the drug’s manufacturer Sanofi – “While all pharmaceutical treatments have side effects, racism is not a known side effect of any Sanofi medication.”

  4. Ephi

    May 31, 2018 at 11:41 am

    People don’t want to take responsibility for their actions any longer, blame the government, blame medication, blame your parents, blame every thing and everyone else but YOURSELF.

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