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Two months ago, Roseanne Barr was a star again.

Her sitcom “Roseanne” returned in March after a two-decade absence to enormous ratings on ABC. Network executives were celebrating their strategy of appealing to wider swaths of the country after Donald J. Trump’s surprising election win and the president himself called Ms. Barr to congratulate her on the show’s large audience.

But on Tuesday, that all came crashing down. ABC abruptly canceled “Roseanne” hours after Ms. Barr, the show’s star and co-creator, posted a racist tweet about Valerie Jarrett, an African-American woman who was a senior adviser to Barack Obama throughout his presidency and considered one of his most influential aides. Ms. Barr wrote if the “muslim brotherhood & planet of the apes had a baby=vj.”

Ms. Barr later apologized, but it was too late. In announcing the show’s cancellation, ABC’s entertainment president, Channing Dungey, said in a statement that “Roseanne’s Twitter statement is abhorrent, repugnant and inconsistent with our values.”

The show had ended its successful comeback season last week and was expected to return in September for a 13-episode run. Robert A. Iger, the chief executive of the Walt Disney Company, ABC’s corporate parent, shared Ms. Dungey’s statement on his own Twitter account, adding: “There was only one thing to do here, and that was the right thing.”

The sudden cancellation of a hit show — it had the highest ratings of a new TV series in years — because of offscreen controversy was almost without precedent.

The show brought in an estimated $45 million of advertising revenue for ABC this year, and the network likely would have collected more than $60 million next season, according to Kantar Media.

The move was decided by top Disney and ABC executives, including Ms. Dungey who was appointed to herrole in February 2016, becoming the first black entertainment president of a major broadcast television network. She had the backing of Ben Sherwood, the head of ABC’s television group, and Mr. Iger, who was involved in the process starting very early on Tuesday, according to two Disney insiders who spoke on the condition of anonymity to describe company matters.

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  1. She made a joke as comedians do. She apologized and . . .

    I suspect that the liberal anti-deplorable crowd over at CBS was looking for an excuse and they found one – slim as it may be.

    I doubt the successful Ms/Mrs. Jarrett will be impacted by one in a million insults she may have heard all her life.

    it lends little credence that a black female executive concurred. good grief, African Americans comedians have a lifetime of bad jokes about all manner of whites and vice versa.

    I guess chris rock is right — it’s getting risky to be a comedian.

    • Replies: @deschutes
    , @MacNucc11
  2. Joe Walker says: • Website

    Once again we see that the left only supports free speech when they agree with what the person is saying. If the person says something that the left disagrees with then the speaker is accused of engaging in “hate speech”. For the last couple of years, the left has been engaged in an almost ceaseless attack on Donald Trump and his supporters but nothing happens because Trump and his supporters are white conservatives and you are allowed to say whatever you like about them.

  3. Da Wei says:

    RB is a business woman and knows what she’s doing. She doesn’t need the money and may even come back stronger next season. (Sponsors make bank and notice that this all happened after the season ended. Timing.) If the show doesn’t return, she’s still had her fun exposing the hypocrisy of the sycophantic reactionaries. Racism? How many times have white Christians been made the butt of jokes by “black comics”? C’mon, grow up.

    Remember the irate Indian university student whose study was interrupted by noisy black girls? He told them to quiet down and called them “water buffaloes”. He was called “racist” for that, maybe even by the water buffaloes.

    • Replies: @Da Wei
    , @Anon
    , @escobar
  4. Truth says:


    Another silly, Kikemason, staged event planned out from before post-production on the show, and of course it has, once again, ensnared the same simple-minded mouth-breathers who spend their lives getting ensnared by this weak off-Broadway theatre.

    • Replies: @MacNucc11
  5. Atle says:

    My god. It was like a gigantic, unopposed fist hit my innocent face.

  6. Atle says:

    You know, Ron, you are the coolest people in MY neck of the woods.

  7. llloyd says: • Website

    But just suppose Valerie Jarrett had tweeted. World Zionist Organization & Lassie had a baby= rb What would happen?

    • Replies: @Truth
  8. The “Planet of the Apes” meme is evolutionarily correct, blacks are an early species of man, Homo erectus.

    “Erectus Walks Amongst Us: The Evolution of Modern Humans”
    by Richard Fuerle (2008)

    But True Believers never have liked science much, and today’s Freaqualist progressives are as much anti-nature, anti-science True Believers as yesterday’s bible-banging Fundamentalists.

    • Replies: @Anon
  9. El Dato says:

    “racist” (NYT)


    “inconsistent with our values”

    But the tweet just says that “vj” has characteristics of (probably apes from) the “planet of the apes” and (probably members of the) “muslim brotherhood”.

    We don’t know what those are? Being loud? Hairy? Shuffling? Loudly proclaiming that infidels are going to get it? Fasting on Ramadan? Being brutally suppressed by a US-funded junta until a miraculous idea emerges to handle it?

    In any case, I don’t see the inherent racism, abhorrence, repugnance nor the “inconsistency with our values”, whatever those are.

    Unless it’s all about even mentioning the Muslim Brotherhood.

    I know it’s a canned statement but still.

    • Replies: @MacNucc11
  10. Biff says:

    Nobody censors speech they agree with – well, until it makes them look bad too. My guess is this kind of moral truth is just what the Zionist media try’s to suppress as not to make them look too obvious – while on the other hand highlighting Islamic misdeeds/violence, and the false flags that surround them continues unabated.
    America is rife with Islamophobia, as planned, but it is verboten to join the chorus.

    • Replies: @deschutes
  11. Anon[129] • Disclaimer says:

    “But just suppose Valerie Jarrett had tweeted. World Zionist Organization & Lassie had a baby= rb What would happen?”

    Nothing. She’s black. She gets a pass. Jimmy Kimmel called Donald Trump an orangutan and Joy Reid said Florida’s governor was a closeted homosexual, lied about it, and completely got away with it.

  12. Anon[202] • Disclaimer says:

    I agree with the poster above who commented about the left and their free speech hypocrisy.

    2017: ban right wingers from the internet because muh private business.

    2018: how dare the NFL, a private business, enforce standards of conduct among their employees because muh freedom of speech.

    See how that works? Freedom for themselves, freedom for no one else. Okay for businesses to fire right wing protestors, wrong for the NFL to fire Kapernick. Wrong for South Carolina to pass unconstitutional Israel criticism ban, okay for California to pass unconstitutional “misgendering” ban. Okay to fire James Daramore, wrong to fire that professor who walked over Barbara Bush’s grave. Wrong to white wash any movie character, okay to black wash white characters. Okay to ban comic books written by a conservative from your stores and threaten publishers, wrong to boycott Disney Star Wars movies over left wing political correctness…………….

    These people are dangerous hypocrites.

    “RB is a business woman and knows what she’s doing.”

    No, she doesn’t. She shot her mouth off and screwed over her network and about a hundred former employees with her behavior. ABC had been trying to warn her off from making incendiary comments, but she wouldn’t listen and finally went too far.

    • Replies: @MacNucc11
  13. Da Wei says:
    @Da Wei

    Who turns the words blue and attaches screwball ads to the comments? Is that NYT or UR?

    • Replies: @anon
  14. Anon[298] • Disclaimer says:
    @Da Wei

    I thought he was Jewish? It was a while ago.

  15. And BO can ridicule handicapped folks on TV with his snide comment : “I bowl like in the special olympics” and the MSM lets it simply go by with no uproar or hysteria.

    BC can remark that a while back BO would be “Bringing the coffee”, with no uproar or hysteria from the two-faced MSM.

    JB can state the BO is “Clean and articulate”, with no uproar or hysteria from the MSM.

    The only tactic to be effectively employed is to throw all of their hateful hypocritical diatribe back into their faces, starting with : You guys are the actual racists, etc etc etc.

    Authenticjazzman “Mensa” qualified since 1973, airborne trained US Army Vet, and pro Jazz musician.

  16. Tick Tock says:

    Who gives a $h_t? Really? Racist comment? Did someone say nigger? Nope. She can move over to HBO like Bill Maher, who is equally vulgar, racist and sometimes funny but most often correct and truthful.

  17. deschutes says:

    Irregardless I’m glad Barr got canned because of her vitriolic attacks against Palestinian supporters and the BDS campaign. Barr totally sucks! Zionist windbag. Ich habe Schadenfreude fur Barr 😀

  18. She made the tweets at around 2 am . No doubt that she was under the influence of some mind altering substance. She should be forgiven. We can not hold sick people accountable for their actions. Hollywood should understand this. It happens so frequently.

  19. deschutes says:

    You can’t get more Zionist than the vitriolic Arab bashing BDS attacking Roseanne Barr–so why would the ‘Zionist media’ silence their own? Or in other words you are totally lost. Next…

  20. escobar says:
    @Da Wei

    If he had called them hyenas, sure. But “water buffalo” isn’t even a pejorative. Anything goes.

    • Replies: @Da Wei
  21. Anon[298] • Disclaimer says:
    @Echoes of History

    I don’t think so.

    Negroid skull:

    Erectus skull:

  22. Truth says:

    Well, for starters, nobody would get who WB is because VJ does not spend her time making jokes on twitter…

  23. ohmy says:

    Rose Barr is a Zionist who happens to be popular. She only said what “they” all think, and it ain’t reserved for blacks only. I commend Disney for giving her the felt boot. It’s only my guess but I’m sure RB supports the JDL and other terrorist orgs that make a living patrolling our schools and, Universities looking for professors that may get out of line. When they find one the poor teacher is smashed to bits with one mighty “antisemite” blow. I’m still waiting for HBO to can Bill Maher for his biased offensive attitude towards Palestine. I think Rosy isn’t phased by all the fuss. She had retired to Israel years ago. Said she wanted to be with her own kind.

  24. MacNucc11 says:

    Even in medieval times the jester had free reign to mock the royalty. Not today.

  25. MacNucc11 says:

    Those were my thoughts exactly. This has got to be planned. No one just does this and it isn’t for some reason. No one is throwing big money away on principle. I would like to know in what context did the name of Valerie Jarrett come up?

  26. MacNucc11 says:
    @El Dato

    Probably all about pretending ABC has values and oh yeah, don’t anyone get any silly notions that you have free speech.

  27. MacNucc11 says:

    I have to go with planned, because even if it was not planned they could do damage control and spin it like she tried to say, “it is so wrong how some white people think……..” So it was taken out of context, or she heard it said by evil raciss ….

  28. Da Wei says:

    Hence the absurdity of the “racist” charge. Water Buffalo isn’t a race, I don’t think. The noisy girls may have been admitting that they resembled another species.

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