Roseanne Barr’s racist tweet about former President Barack Obama’s aide Valerie Jarrett, posted on May 29, led to ABC cancelling her sitcom “Roseanne.”
Ms. Jarrett is a black woman who was born in Iran. Barr tweeted “Muslim brotherhood & planet of the apes had a baby = vj.”
In a Twitter livestream on the same day, MSNBC hosted a town hall dialogue about racism in America which featured Ms. Jarrett, she stated that she sees this as “a teaching moment.”
“I’m fine,” she said, “I’m worried about all the people out there who don’t have a circle of friends and followers who come right to their defense.”
Shortly after tweeting about Jarrett, Barr tweeted the following, which was subsequently deleted:
“Don’t feel sorry for me, guys!!-I just want to apologize to the hundreds of people,and wonderful writers (all liberal) and talented actors who lost their jobs on my show due to my stupid tweet. I will be on Joe Rogan’s podcast friday.”
Later Barr informed her Twitter followers that she suspected her tweets had to do with a possible side effect of the Ambien she was taking.
She wrote,“It was 2 in the morning and I was ambien tweeting-it was memorial day too-i went 2 far & do not want it defended-it was egregious Indefensible. I made a mistake I wish I hadn’t but…don’t defend it please. Ty”
After the network cancelled the show, Joe Scarborough, co-host of Morning Joe on MSNBC tweeted:
“BREAKING: @ABC and @Disney do the right thing. There are still boundaries in the Age of Trump that cannot be crossed. Thank you for putting values above money.”
President Donald Trump also weighed in, tweeting that he, unlike Jarrett, never got an apology from Disney CEO Bob Iger.
Bob Iger of ABC called Valerie Jarrett to let her know that “ABC does not tolerate comments like those” made by Roseanne Barr. Gee, he never called President Donald J. Trump to apologize for the HORRIBLE statements made and said about me on ABC. Maybe I just didn’t get the call?
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) May 30, 2018
On the same day Starbucks closed nearly 8,000 stores to hold diversity training for staff, many believe that there is still much room for improvement when it comes to the state of racism in American following Roseanne’s tweet.
ABC has not yet announced how they will replace “Roseanne”, which generated over $45 million in ad revenue for the network this season, according to consulting firm Kantar Media.
However, according to Hollywood insiders, there is movement towards ABC creating a “Roseanne” spinoff without its titular star.