Racist tweets bring an end to comedy's biggest comeback.
May 29, 2018
Just two months after picking up Roseanne for an 11th season, ABC has reversed the move. The cancellation comes after show star Roseanne Barr took to Twitter with a series of racist and anti-semitic posts. The most offending being a now-deleted tweet calling adviser to former President Barack Obama, Valerie Jarrett, an offspring of the “Muslim Brotherhood & Planet of the Apes.”
The backlash that followed was immediate and intense, with numerous celebrities and pundits speaking out against her remarks. Barr subsequently apologized, calling the tweet a joke, but it was too late. The damage had been done.
Comedian Wanda Sykes was the first person involved with the show to make a move, announcing her departure from writing on Season 2 this morning. But that was just the beginning, as mere hours later, ABC Entertainment chief Channing Dungey announced that the network was cancelling the show due to her "abhorrent, repugnant" words that were "inconsistent with our values."
The decision was obviously not made lightly, as Roseanne's comeback was the biggest success story ever for a revived series. The show's Season 10 premiere in March surpassed all expectations by drawing a massive audience of 18 million viewers with an impressive 5.2 rating in the adults 18-49 demographic. Those numbers are almost unheard of nowadays, especially for broadcast comedies.
But now instead of going on another likely-lengthy run, Roseanne's revival ends after just nine episodes, with the now-series finale airing one week ago.
You still don't see it. It doesn't matter how much respect a black person gives the cop who just pulled him over because he didn't signal a turn more than 100 feet from the corner. Has that ever happened to you? Has the FIRST thing the cop said to you was "Did you steal this car"? Have you ever heard of a white man being choked to death by a cop for selling loose cigarettes?
Just think about it. If these things happened to people of your race ALL THE TIME, wouldn't you feel some justification for being frustrated to the point of becoming an activist?
And yes, the black community has had hundreds of peaceful protests. You might have missed them because they're not covered by Fox News and Breitbart.
You callously condemn football players for their peaceful protests while claiming the only protests that black people do is to burn down their communities.
I repeat. It is not disrespecting the flag. It's making a statement about the powerlessness that black people endure when trying to raise awareness of how unfairly they're treated.
Do you know that on a percentage basis, blacks and whites use drugs at similar rates? But blacks are THREE TIMES more likely to be charged, tried and sent to prison.
So you bet a black person shows respect when he's pulled over. It could be his death or the end of his freedom. For you, it's whether or not you can talk your way out of a ticket.
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