ABC cancels ‘Roseanne’ after Barr attacks, former Obama aide
Uproar after the controversial series star compare Valerie Jarrett to a ‘monkey’; reaction from Fox News media analyst Howard Kurtz.
Less than 14 hours after a racist tweet by writing, “I apologize. Now I’m leaving Twitter,” Roseanne Barr was back on the social media platform late Tuesday.
“Don’t pity me, guys!!” Barr tweeted. “I want to offer my apologies to the hundreds of people and wonderful writers (all liberal) and talented actors who lost their jobs on my show because of my stupid tweet. I will be on Joe Rogan’s podcast Friday.”
Don’t pity me, guys!!-I just want to apologize for the hundreds of people and wonderful writers (all liberal) and talented actors who lost their jobs on my show because of my stupid tweet. I will be on Joe Rogan’s podcast Friday.
— Roseanne Barr (@therealroseanne) 30 May 2018
ABC on Tuesday canceled Barr very popular reboot of “Roseanne,” her hit 1988-1997 comedy series, shortly after the star posted a racist tweet about the former President Barack Obama’s aide Valerie Jarrett.
The restart of the show was an instant hit, March 27, when the first episode drew over 18 million viewers.
Here is @therealroseanne the apology. pic.twitter.com/YWZ6i6WWq7
— Kate Aurthur (@KateAurthur) 30 May 2018
Late Tuesday, Barr also retweeted several messages from a variety of other Twitter users, including a number that manipulated images and false information.
One of the fake images that Barr recirculated depicted Whoopi Goldberg wearing a violently anti-Trump-t-shirt. Barr quickly deleted that retweet.
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Barr also retweeted a fake image of Jarrett’s Stanford yearbook quote, in which she apparently says that she wants to make the U.S. a more Islamic country.
The comedian also various retweets that highlighted alleged hypocrisy by Disney, the parent company of ABC and ESPN.
“Not to be contrary, according to @WaltDisneyCo,” read a post that Barr retweeted, referring to the angry anti-Trump comments of Keith Olbermann, who recently returned to ESPN.
Barr also pointed to anti-Christian comments by Joy Behar, a co-host of ABC’s “The View.”
ABC-RT @Bud_Doggin: Joy Behar mocks Mike Pence faith on The View and said that the way he prayed to Jesus was “mental illness”. They apologized for not until a month later. ABC was quiet. Roseanne pic.twitter.com/WlPzAC0BIC
— trade fin a lot (@TradefinalotFin) 30 May 2018
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“Joy Behar mocks Mike Pence faith on The View and said that the way he prayed to Jesus ‘spiritual disease'” read another post that Barr retweeted. “They apologized for not until a month later. ABC was quiet. Roseanne”
In other posts, Barr retweeted a clear defense of her racist comments on Jarrett’s appearance.
“I look like a monkey. Why?” started one of the posts. “My DNA is 96% similar to a monkey. It makes scientific sense. But by emotions, double standards and feelings science has been cancelled this year. There are 5,000 families and if you don’t agree with me you’re a racist xenophobe.”
Gregg Re is an editor for Fox News. Follow him on Twitter @gregg_re.