ABC has decided to cancel the rebooted show, ‘Roseanne’. The decision coming after Roseanne Barr, the show’s lead actor, faced a public storm of criticism with a tweet about a former presidential aide to Barack Obama.
Roseanne Barr is known for using comedy on her rebooted show to highlight hot-button topics, “I’m telling you, this is what people from Iraq and Talibanistan do”. But, a recent tweet from the star was considered no laughing matter.
ABC is canceling its hit show after Barr posted on Twitter, “Muslim brotherhood and Planet of the Apes had a baby equals VJ,” referring to Valerie Jarrett, an African American woman and longstanding senior advisor to former president Barack Obama.
The tweet causing a social media storm, with some twitter users calling the remarks racist and bigoted. The Reverend Al Sharpton calling the tweet inexcusable tweeting ABC must take action now.
And, Wanda Sykes, a consulting producer, posting she wouldn’t return to the show. Even Sara Gilbert, who plays Barr’s daughter on the show, condemned the tweet saying it does not “reflect the beliefs of our cast and crew or anyone associated with our show”.
Barr deleted the initial tweet, apologizing hours after the comment saying she was sorry for making a bad joke about Jarrett’s “politics and her looks” and she should’ve known better”. But, within hours of the tweets, ABC’s President of Entertainment, Channing Dungey, issuing a statement saying, “Roseanne’s twitter statement is abhorrent, repugnant, and inconsistent with our values, and we have decided to cancel her show”.
And, Disney’s CEO Bob Iger tweeting, “there was only one thing to do here, and that was the right thing”.
A repeat of Roseanne is/was scheduled to air tonight on ABC. Given the news of the show’s cancelation, the network is still deciding what to do about it.
–Danya Bacchus, ABC News