Roseanne is Canceled 🤦‍♀️

Photo: Marco Ugarte / AP

Photo: Marco Ugarte / AP

Rosanne Barr tweetstorm

On Tuesday morning, ABC pulled the plug on its hit sitcom “Roseanne” hours after the show’s lead Roseanne Barr posted a bigotry laden tweet about Valerie Jannett. Ms. Jannett, an African-American woman, served as a senior adviser to President Obama. The tweet stated, “muslim brotherhood & planet of the apes had a baby = vj.”

Who is Roseanne Barr?

Roseanne Barr, a vocal Trump supporter, rose to fame for her role in the original hit sitcom “Roseanne” that aired from 1988-1997. After an absence for two decades, ABC resurrected the show in an attempt to reach a demographic that many believed had been ignored by a liberal focused Hollywood. Barr has often been criticized for preaching numerous conspiracy theories regarding the 9/11 attacks and the Boston Marathon bombing, among others.

The right labels Barr as the poster child for ‘cultural brokenness’, while acknowledging that canceling the show was the correct decision. They even criticize Trump for calling Barr to congratulate her on her ratings. Furthermore, they point out that ABC should have never brought the show back, implying that money and viewership drove the decision to do so. The right was also quick to point out that progressive celebrities say terrible things without any consequences, suggesting that progressives receive more leniency than conservatives. 

The left calls Barr the face of ‘Pro-Trump’ Hollywood. They contend that her attempt to portray Trump supporters through her sitcom has been negatively affected by her frequent Twitter rants. They also argue that while Roseanne the TV character is different from the actress, the two sharing political views makes it easy for viewers to conflate both. Furthermore, the left claims that Barr’s portrayal of Trump supporters through her show and actions has played a part in many Americans considering Trump a racist. 

To speak up or not to speak?

In a matter of hours, Roseanne Barr went from having a hit tv show enjoyed by millions to being vilified by both ends of the political spectrum. While many view her as the poster child for Trump-supporters, it is important not to dismiss all her viewers as racists. Roseanne’s TV character is inspired by working-class Americans, which resonates with millions who share a similar background. This saga is not the first of its kind, nor will it be the last - social media is a platform for everyone to express their views openly and with prudence. Freedom of speech does not mean freedom from its consequences.

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