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.
i like to do TV episodes about REAL ISSUES & REAL PEOPLE. That's what I do. Next season will be even more current events-I will challenge every sacred cow in USA.— Roseanne Barr (@therealroseanne) May 8, 2018
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:
This is incredibly sad and difficult for all of us, as we’ve created a show that we believe in, are proud of, and that audiences love— one that is separate and apart from the opinions and words of one cast member.— sara gilbert (@THEsaragilbert) May 29, 2018
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. I am disappointed in her actions to say the least.— sara gilbert (@THEsaragilbert) May 29, 2018
I am hurt, embarrassed, and disappointed. The racist and distasteful comments from Roseanne are inexcusable.— Emma Kenney (@EmmaRoseKenney) May 29, 2018
As I called my manager to quit working on Roseanne, I was told it was cancelled. I feel so empowered by @iamwandasykes , Channing Dungey and anyone at ABC standing up for morals and abuse of power. Bullies will NEVER win.— Emma Kenney (@EmmaRoseKenney) May 29, 2018
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:
Mmmm Roseanne cancelled and Brooklyn Nine-Nine picked up. VINDICATIONNN!— Kate ✨ MomoCon AA7 (@kateleth) May 29, 2018
ABC cancelled Roseanne after her racist tweet!— Dana Goldberg (@DGComedy) May 29, 2018
Roseanne, that entire cast supported you when you didn’t deserve support because they believed in the art of the show.
You alone are responsible for the loss of their jobs.
ROSEANNE HAS BEEN CANCELLED.— Brittany Packnett (@MsPackyetti) May 29, 2018
Because the people spoke up.
Because we’ve seen enough to that racist tweets turn into more-and enough is enough.
Keep standing up against hate, bigotry, racism and wrong. Keep telling the truth! https://t.co/lIPnbLVHP7
Racist Roseanne is cancelled.— Simran Jeet Singh (@SikhProf) May 29, 2018
Now what about Racist Mr. Trump?
'Roseanne' cancelled by ABC after Roseanne Barr's tweet | https://t.co/3Tknig00Gh— Leonard Pitts, Jr. (@LeonardPittsJr1) May 29, 2018
To everyone who has been busting my chops about the need to watch "Roseanne" in order to understand the mind of Trump supporters, four words:
"Why aren't there more conservative sitcoms?"— TechnicallyRon (@TechnicallyRon) May 29, 2018
"Roseanne has been cancelled for being a bananas racist"
"Ah yes that's why"
Roseanne getting cancelled is a reminder that corporations are actually far more responsive to public opinion than our federal government.— Molly (@isteintraum) May 29, 2018
If you make the argument and believe that Roseanne Barr has the right to free speech while working for a major American corporation and that her tweet is protected speech & the company shouldn’t have cancelled her show. I have two words for you: Colin Kaepernick— Ayman Mohyeldin (@AymanM) May 29, 2018
Roseanne is cancelled. Good work everyone. Now let's make sure we get Trump cancelled.— Randi Mayem Singer (@rmayemsinger) May 29, 2018
The people upset that Roseanne was cancelled and are using free speech argument are the same people who applauded the NFL for suppressing free speech rights of players to kneel for national anthem. 🤦🏻♀️ #CantMakeThisUp— Linda Sarsour (@lsarsour) May 29, 2018
ABC just cancelled Roseanne, but I bet she will have a show on either Fox News or Infowars within a week pic.twitter.com/DOCIxkWcs2— Nathan Bernard (@nathanTbernard) May 29, 2018