Valerie Jarrett says Roseanne Barr's racist tweet is a "teaching moment"
Roseanne Barr would have never thought that a single tweet of hers would be enough for her show to be axed by ABC
Roseanne Barr paid for her racist comments as ABC has decided to cancel her show after she tweeted about Valerie Jarrett. Meanwhile, the former Obama aide sees the tweet as a 'teaching moment' for everyone. While appearing on MSNBC for an interview with Joy Reid and Chris Hayes, Valerie decided to address the post.
.@ValerieJarrett responds to Roseanne Barr's tweet, saying Disney’s chairman called her before announcing that ABC was canceling the show: "This should be a teaching moment.” #EverydayRacism pic.twitter.com/b0EvA8WAeY— MSNBC (@MSNBC) May 29, 2018
“First of all, I think we have to turn it into a teaching moment. I’m fine. I’m worried about all the people out there who don’t have a circle of friends and followers coming to their defense,” she said in a clip that was released by MSNBC.
This comes after Roseanne tweeted about Valarie wrote if "Muslim brotherhood & planet of the apes had a baby=vj." Valarie revealed that Bob Iger, the CEO of ABC’s parent corporation, the Walt Disney Co., first reached out to her to inform about their decision to cancel Roseanne.
“He wanted me to know before he made it public that he was canceling the show,” she said, according to NBC news. ABC President Channing Dungey later came forward with a statement in which he announced that they had made the decision of canceling the reboot.
ABC boss Channing Dungey: "#Roseanne's Twitter statement is abhorrent, repugnant and inconsistent with our values, and we have decided to cancel her show."— TVLine.com (@TVLine) May 29, 2018
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"Roseanne’s Twitter statement is abhorrent, repugnant and inconsistent with our values, and we have decided to cancel her show," the statement read. Roseanne later came forward and apologized for her statement. "I apologize to Valerie Jarrett and to all Americans. I am truly sorry for making a bad joke about her politics and her looks. I should have known better. Forgive me and my joke was in bad taste," she wrote.
However, people were not ready to buy her apology. Roseanne's co-stars also denounced her tweet, while her talent agency ICM Partners dropped her as a client, according to HuffPost. “We are all greatly distressed by the disgraceful and unacceptable tweet from Roseanne Barr this morning,” ICM partners said in a statement. “What she wrote is antithetical to our core values, both as individuals and as an agency. Consequently, we have notified her that we will not represent her. Effective immediately, Roseanne Barr is no longer a client.”
Meanwhile, it seems like Roseanne wasn't the only one who made racist comments. Her son, Jake Pentland seemed to echo similar thoughts. "Remember kids, you can't say, people that look like monkeys that they look like monkeys unless thy (sic) are Ron Perlman cuz he is white," he had written in a post along with a picture of Valarie and Obama.