Through every fault of her own, Roseanne Barr efficiently strong-armed ABC into pulling the plug on her namesake revival “Roseanne.”
The network faced an onslaught of backlash after Barr tweeted an overtly racist comment Tuesday morning comparing former Obama adviser Valerie Jarrett to the “offspring of the ‘Muslim Brotherhood & Planet of the Apes.’” Several hours later Barr backpedaled on this statement, apologized for the “joke” to Jarrett and promised to quit Twitter, but it appears as though it was too little too late.
The barrage of Twitter users calling out ABC for enabling and providing a platform for Barr’s racism proved too much.
BREAKING: ABC Entertainment president says the network has decided to cancel the ‘Roseanne’ reboot.
— The Associated Press (@AP) May 29, 2018
“Roseanne’s Twitter statement is abhorrent, repugnant and inconsistent with our values, and we have decided to cancel her show,” said ABC Entertainment president Channing Dungey in a statement.
Twitter instantly began to celebrate by roasting Roseanne and praising ABC (though whilst conceding it had taken the network far too long to do the right thing.)
Some are already anticipating Roseanne’s next TV move.
Though ABC’s cancellation of “Roseanne” is certainly forward progress — a major network choosing to lose billions to avoid enabling a racist hero is a hopeful and admirable move, even if it came a little late — but lest we forget, our president is still a raging racist. Exhibit A: This Donald Trump tweet from 2014:
Personally, I like to think it was this particular Wanda Sykes sentiment that finally forced ABC’s hand.
In the meantime, we’ll be awaiting this town hall dialogue with glee: