Tuesday, 21 August, 2018

Roseanne Barr's Racist Tweet Just Cost Her Millions of Dollars

Roseanne Barr has apologized for a Twitter post about former Barack Obama aide Valerie Jarrett that drew widespread criticism on Tuesday as Roseanne Barr quits Twitter after Jarrett post called racist | Media
Melody Ballard | 30 May, 2018, 16:28

Actress Roseanne Barr's racist comment resulted in ABC canceling its successful "Roseanne" revival.

The network canceled its hit reboot of Roseanne on Tuesday after Ms. Barr's racist tweet that referred to former Valerie Jarrett, adviser to former U.S. President Barack Obama, as a cross between the Muslim Brotherhood and the Planet of the Apes.

"Roseanne's Twitter statement is abhorrent, repugnant and inconsistent with our values, and we have chose to cancel her show", ABC Entertainment President Channing Dungey told Fox News in a statement Tuesday.

Barr later thanked one of her fans for defending her, writing, "I'm not a racist, just an idiot who made a bad joke. thank you for defending me tho". She also blamed Ambien and said that if folks want to hear more, she's going on Joe Rogan's podcast Friday. Roseanne Barr - much like the president she very vocally supports - can not stay away from Twitter when things need to be said. It represented the work of hundreds of talented people.

"I honestly thought she was Jewish and Persian-ignorant of me for sure, but...i did.", she said.

As well as two further apologies to Jarrett, Barr released a statement on Twitter, which read: "I deeply regret my comments from late last night on Twitter".

And Barr argued that the cancellation was due to a threatened advertiser boycott and tied to Wanda Sykes' announcement that she was leaving the show.

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Roseanne, which was revived earlier in 2018 after 21 years off the air, imploded this morning after Barr posted an offensive tweet about former White House advisor Valerie Jarrett. "I am very sorry to have hurt you", she wrote.

Twitter can influence global politics and fuel revolutions, and it can also get your TV show canceled. "I've known him for many years and he's done a lot of nice things for me".

Roseanne Barr has a history of posting controversial tweets and comments, but this one, network executives say, crossed the line.

The revival of Roseanne was the most popular USA show of 2018, with an average of 18 million viewers per episode.

In the fake quote, she allegedly proclaimed herself to be an Iranian who sought "to help change America to be a more Islamic country".

"@ValerieJarrett I want to apologize to you".

"It's not surprising that Disney made the decision; they had no choice", Brad Adgate, an independent media consultant, told FOX Business. Roseanne also responded to adult film star Jenna Jameson's supportive tweet. A racist one. ABC made a choice.

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