Channel Ten Has Pulled Roseanne From Schedules Amid Cancelling Controversy
In a pretty ballsy but downright badass move by Channel Ten, Roseanne has been pulled from schedules after Roseanne Barr’s insanely insensitive Tweet went viral overnight.
The 65-year-old actress and comedian caused outrage after she Tweeted about former Barack Obama adviser Valerie Jarret’s appearance, saying she looked like, "Muslim brotherhood and planet of the apes had a baby."
— Roseanne on ABC (@RoseanneOnABC) May 24, 2018
Major US Network ABC swiftly cancelled the revival of the 1990s hit sitcom and local broadcaster Channel Ten has followed suit.
Celebrities from all over the world (including the shows own cast) have spoken out against Barr’s remarks and have praised the networks decision to cancel the program, despite its successful comeback. It drew in a massive 18.2 million viewers on the first episode.
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) May 29, 2018
But honestly she got what she deserved. As I tell my 4 year old, one makes a choice with one’s actions. Roseanne made a choice. A racist one. ABC made a choice. A human one.
— shonda rhimes (@shondarhimes) May 29, 2018
Roseanne’s recent comments about Valerie Jarrett, and so much more, are abhorrent and do not reflect the beliefs of our cast and crew or anyone associated with our show. I am disappointed in her actions to say the least.
— sara gilbert (@THEsaragilbert) May 29, 2018
I will not be returning to @RoseanneOnABC.
— Wanda Sykes (@iamwandasykes) May 29, 2018
Barr deleted the Tweet and has since apologized in another tweet, but look- it’s too little, too late, doll.Might we remind everyone that it’s 20-fricken-18 and this bullsh*t, no matter if you choose to stick a ‘but it was a joke’ label on it, is just not going to fly anymore.
I apologize to Valerie Jarrett and to all Americans. 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.
— Roseanne Barr (@therealroseanne) May 29, 2018
Now on the opposite side of the spectrum, Valerie Jarret has chosen to remain stoic. Appearing on MSNBC’s aptly timed “Everyday Racism” just hours after Roseanne’s Tweet, Jarret said, “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."
“I think we have to turn it into a teaching moment” she continued.
Damn right we do.
ABC and Channel Ten, we’d like to shout you a beer and commend you for not taking swift action against hate and discrimination.
Maybe Roseanne was applauded in the 90s, but it’s the 00s now, and there’s an entirely new sort of humour now, one that’s free from bigoted, racist and distasteful punchlines.