ABC put an end to the hit sitcom “Roseanne” after the star of the show tweeted a racial comment about a former advisor to Barrack Obama.
Her apologies we’re quickly announced, but it was hardly enough for Roseanne Bar to mitigate her racist comments.
This move comes after the series star made a comment on Twitter Tuesday morning about Valerie Jarret, an African-American woman who was a senior adviser to Obama throughout his presidency, that said she looked like the offspring of the “Muslim Brotherhood and Planet of the Apes.”
The offending tweet came from a series of tweets referring to George Soros as a Nazi and Chelsea Clinton as a Soros family member. Her racial comments started after making accusations and insisting that, “Islam is not a race.”
Once her distasteful joke about Jarret’s appearance was tweeted, It wasn’t long after that ABC announced it would cancel Barr’s show. In a statement, Channing Dungey, president of ABC said, “Roseanne’s Twitter statement is abhorrent, repugnant and inconsistent with our values, and we have decided to cancel her show.”
Barr then preceded to delete her offensive tweet about Jarret and followed it up with an apology that read, “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-my joke was in bad taste. I am now leaving Twitter.”
However the apology was clearly not enough to disregard the racial remark that created a major outburst, starting with Barr’s TV daughter, Sara Gilbert who released her own statement condemning the tweet.
The revival show finished as the number one scripted primetime television series and The two-Episode premiere averaged 18.2 million total viewers and a 5.2 demo rating, making it the highest-rated comedy telecast in the last three years. This stunned industry experts when it became the largest seven-day lift for any show on any network. It was expected to return in the fall for the 13 episodes.
Despite the shows ratings and significant success, the cancelation was an important action to make for the company. Disney has been widely praised in recent years as a leader in efforts to break racial stereotypes through its movies and TV series, any offensive racial affiliations with the company would result in negative matters.