Roseanne cancelled: Ava DuVernay, Kumail Nanjiani, other celebs thank ABC chief, criticise Barr's racist tweet
US television network ABC on Tuesday cancelled the hit working-class comedy Roseanne, after its star Roseanne Barr aimed a racist tweet at a former advisor to Barack Obama.
The 65-year-old sitcom actress — a vocal supporter of President Donald Trump who has used Twitter to voice far-right and conspiracy theorist views — took aim at the aide, Valerie Jarrett, in a post that read: "Muslim brotherhood & planet of the apes had a baby = vj."
After a barrage of criticism on social media, Barr apologised to Jarrett and to "all Americans" for what she called a "joke."
"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," she tweeted. "I apologize. I am now leaving Twitter."
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.
— Roseanne Barr (@therealroseanne) May 29, 2018
Her belated mea culpa was not enough for ABC, which said it was pulling the plug on Barr's show over the "abhorrent, repugnant" tweet, which was "inconsistent with our values." The backlash to her latest tweet was swift, with public figures from actors Rosie O'Donnell and Don Cheadle, comedians Kumail Nanjiani and Ricky Gervais to CNN analyst April Ryan calling out Barr, while comedian Wanda Sykes, a consulting producer on Roseanne, announced before the cancellation that she would not be returning to the show in any case.
I am repulsed that Valerie Jarret had that racist and bigoted "joke" made at her expense and I am sickened that any Black or Muslim person has to keep hearing this sickness in 2018.
— Patricia Arquette (@PattyArquette) May 29, 2018
— Don Cheadle (@DonCheadle) May 29, 2018
@therealroseanne, you break my heart -- You are a sorry excuse for a human being. How odd that you, as a comedienne, have forgotten then meaning of a "joke" and a personal comment. Your meanness is staggering and will earn you a ticket to a sad, lonely and sorry life. — Rita Moreno (@TheRitaMoreno) May 29, 2018
This wasn't censorship. This was business. She hasn't been prosecuted. She hasn't been silenced. She can carry on saying what she wants. It's just that her employers have decided they don't want to employ her any more. This is freedom. https://t.co/O1VIz6bzSp
— Ricky Gervais (@rickygervais) May 29, 2018
I'm glad Roseanne is canceled. The backlash to its cancellation is going to be a deafening nightmare. Nothing good has come of this entire thing. — Kumail Nanjiani (@kumailn) May 29, 2018
— Ava DuVernay (@ava) May 29, 2018
But honestly she got what she deserved. As I tell my 4 year old, one makes a choice with one’s actions. Roseanne made a choice. A racist one. ABC made a choice. A human one.
— shonda rhimes (@shondarhimes) May 29, 2018
— Julianne Moore (@_juliannemoore) May 29, 2018
Man, was the Third Reich “racially charged” or what? Amirite? — Patton Oswalt (@pattonoswalt) May 29, 2018
I'm not aware of that. But I am aware of facts. George Soros was nine years old when the war broke out. And he was also Jewish. He and his family had to hide their identities so they weren't murdered by Nazis. But, we all make mistakes, right, Roseanne? https://t.co/hWltTw8Fsr
— James Gunn (@JamesGunn) May 29, 2018
Has she reflected at all on the blood libel of a 14-year-old George Soros for her claim that he was a wartime Nazi collaborator who betrayed other Jews? Because that, from a public figure in a public forum, is fucking astonishing. https://t.co/Bj6aw3dWTA — David Simon (@AoDespair) May 29, 2018
With inputs from AFP
Updated Date: May 30, 2018 11:57:18 IST