ABC axes 'Roseanne'! Fans and critics go to war as Roseanne Barr tweets force network's hand
People are wondering why Trump's outright racism has not had an impact on his presidency, while a celebrity was dealt with immediately.
Since its revival, 'Roseanne' has been in the spotlight for many reasons – both positive and negative.
The show, which incorporates the ideology and political inclination of its star Roseanne Barr, has been receiving flak for being a voice of the Trump-supporting MAGA (Make America Great Again) brigade.
Now, finally, a line was crossed by Roseanne on Twitter, and ABC took action by cancelling the show – effectively punishing not only the star of the show, but others who did not necessarily support her viewpoint.
Could this have been avoided?
While the ABC show was obviously a favorite of the president, many critics opined that with each passing episode, it pushed the envelope a little too far. The blatant racism towards their Muslim neighbors – until they give her their Wi-Fi password – in one of the final episodes of the 'Go Cubs,' had many up in arms.
I mean, Roseanne literally said, "Did you see the crazy amount of fertilizer they got stacked up near their garage? That's how they make bombs. What if this is a sleeper cell full of terrorists getting ready to blow up our neighborhood?" She further speculates that they are from "Talibanjistan."
Despite the huge backlash against the episode, the show makers, Roseanne and the network defended the episode. Roseanne's unapologetic tweet about the same was delusional at best.
It was almost like the network wanted to see how far they could keep their highest rated show running without censoring it. The time for testing the waters, is unfortunately over, and their fiery frontwoman's unhinged "humor" has cost everyone associated with her professionally, quite a bit.
Her racist tweet about former president Barack Obama's advisor Valerie Jarrett, was beyond disgusting and the people in Twitterverse let her and the network on which her show runs, know. She called Valerie, who is black, “muslim brotherhood & planet of the apes had a baby=vj.[sic]"
People from within the show, including Sarah Gilbert, Roseanne's on-screen daughter, and Emma Kenney, her on-screen granddaughter have commented on the matter.
The general consensus on 'Roseanne' cancellation is positive, with many expressing happiness over the fact that in America, speaking up still results in influencing action. Twitterverse wants this trend to continue till the midterms, which is expected to be held on Tuesday, November 6, 2018, so as to oust corrupt and unjust lawmakers from office.
Meanwhile, others are comparing Roseanne's right to be racist to Colin Kaepernick's rights to silently protest police brutality against the black community.