Last week, ABC made the decision to pull the plug on their hit sitcom “Roseanne,” starring comedian Roseanne Barr. Barr had tweeted a racist statement about former Obama advisor Valerie Jarrett which said, “muslim brotherhood & planet of the apes had a baby=vj.”
In the immediate aftermath of her firing, Barr promised on twitter to make amends for her statement. However, now it appears she is doubling down on her critical views of Jarrett.
Barr retweeted a statement that Jarrett had evil intent towards Jews and Israelis. The retweet came only several minutes after Barr tweeted, “I’m making restitution for the pain I have caused.”
The retweet said, “You didn’t cause any pain. Those people always hated you. Valerie Jarrett wants Israelis and Jews chased into the sea, and she’ll celebrate.”
It is unclear if the retweet negates her earlier apologies.
Most of Barr’s fans will acknowledge that her statement about Jarrett was wrong and uncalled for. However, what has upset many conservatives in the aftermath of the show’s cancellation is the seeming lack of moral equivalency. For example, why hasn’t ABC fired Joy Behar even though she has made countless offensive statements on the network’s talkshow “The View?” Behar even compared Vice President Mike Pence’s Christianity to mental illness.
Roseanne, a show about a working-class American family, had gotten ABC record ratings. It portrayed the relationships between characters who were pro-Trump and those who were not.
For many years, Americans have felt that their views are not reflected in mainstream television programs. Tim Allen’s conservative-leaning show “Last Man Standing,” which was also a smash hit, got the axe from ABC last year; however, Fox has picked it up and its next season will air on the new network later this year.
There is clearly a massive right-leaning demographic that tv producers have not fully tapped into. The cancellation of Roseanne, and the resulting fury from fans, only magnified that point even more.