When Roseanne Barr woke up this morning, she was the star of a controversial but undeniably hit television show. By early afternoon, her show was canceled, she’d been dropped by her agent, and racists everywhere are crying foul. In response to a political tweet about African-American former Presidential adviser Valerie Jarrett; Barr described Jarrett as the child of “Muslim brotherhood and Planet of the Apes.”
The outrage began immediately, Consulting Producer Wanda Sykes tweeted out she had quit the show. “ I will not be returning to @RoseanneOnABC.”
Co-star Sara Gilbert disavowed the tweet. “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.”
A couple hours later, ABC Entertainment President Channing Dungey ended speculation about Roseanne’s future; “Roseanne’s Twitter statement is abhorrent, repugnant and inconsistent with our values, and we have decided to cancel her show”
Throwing dirt on the body, ICM Partners her agents, dropped her as a client. In an internal memo they wrote, “ “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.”
Roseanne herself began a series of effusive apologies including one that said it was a “bad joke about her political views and looks.” She really should have run that apology by someone before issuing it. Racists on twitter are threatening a boycott of ABC and we’ve yet to hear from our President who she admires and tried to emulate. ABC doesn’t get a pass either for just now recognizing that Roseanne is abhorrent and repugnant, she was all those things before the tweet and you didn’t care. Trump has previously said that “Roseanne” was “about us.” I couldn’t agree more.