Roseanne cancelled: Ava DuVernay, Kumail Nanjiani, other celebs thank ABC chief, criticise Barr's racist tweet

Celebrity reaction to ABC's cancellation of its hit reboot of Roseanne after star Roseanne Barr's racist tweet that referred to former Barack Obama adviser Valerie Jarrett as a product of the Muslim Brotherhood and the Planet of the Apes.

FP Staff May 30, 2018 11:32:57 IST
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."

Roseanne cancelled Ava DuVernay Kumail Nanjiani other celebs thank ABC chief criticise Barrs racist tweet

Roseanne promo. ABC

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."

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.

With inputs from AFP

Updated Date:

also read

M Night Shyamalan's Old to release in Indian cinemas on 17 September
Entertainment

M Night Shyamalan's Old to release in Indian cinemas on 17 September

Old features Gael Garcia Bernal, Rufus Sewell, Thomasin McKenzie, Vicky Krieps and Ken Leung among others.

Anthony Mackie to lead Sony TV's Twisted Metal series adaptation
Entertainment

Anthony Mackie to lead Sony TV's Twisted Metal series adaptation

Anthony Mackie will also executive produce the project based on the video game

Harvey Weinstein denies sexual assault charges in Los Angeles court
Entertainment

Harvey Weinstein denies sexual assault charges in Los Angeles court

Harvey Weinstein is already serving a lengthy jail term in New York for rape.