By Tara Woods
Not a big shocker.
Roseanne Barr, star of ABC’s hit conservative comedy “Roseanne” sent out a tweet comparing Valerie Jarrett, one of Barack Obama’s former presidential advisors, to an ape. Yup. It was that racist.
ABC Entertainment President Channing Dungey responded almost immediately to the scandal, calling Barr’s comment, “Abhorrent, repugnant, and inconsistent with our values.”
In the tweet posted on Tuesday morning, Barr said the black senior adviser was the “baby” of Egypt’s Muslim Brotherhood political party and “Planet of the Apes.”
The tweet was in response to a conspiracy thread on Twitter alleging that Jarrett had helped cover up CIA spying.
Jarrett has since gone on to respond to the controversy on an MSNBC forum titled “Everyday Racism.”
“This should be a teaching moment,” Jarrett said. “I’m fine. I’m worried about all the people out there who don’t have a circle of friends or followers who come right to their defense. The person who’s walking down the street minding their own business and sees someone clutching their purse.”
“Roseanne” was ABC’s top show on the network, and the highest rated comedy on TV in four years. It reached an audience of 18.4 million people. Although the hype slowed down a little as the show went on, it still ended up being the number one show on television.
Before the show was canceled, Wanda Sykes, who worked as a consulting producer on the show, announced that she would not be returning after Barr’s tweet.
This is not the first time Barr has been under fire for her seriously messed up opinions. She began tweeting anti-Muslim, pro-Zionist views and retweeting far-right conspiracy theories, most infamously Pizzagate, which implicated Hillary Clinton and her campaign chair John Podesta in a child sex trafficking ring.
She also revealed herself to be a Donald Trump supporter, to the surprise of some of her fans. In March, she accused Parkland shooting survivor David Hogg of giving a Nazi salute, which she shortly apologized for after. She has also tweeted anti-George Soros conspiracies, one of which Chelsea Cinton clapped back at.
Honestly, I don’t know how she wasn’t canceled a long time ago.
Thankfully, IMC Partners, the agency that represents Barr has decided to let her go.
“We are greatly distressed by the disgraceful and unacceptable tweet from Roseanne Barr this morning,” agency told Buzzfeed. “Consequently, we have notified her that we will not represent her. Effective immediately, Roseanne Barr is no longer a client.”
You really can’t make this stuff up.
Barr has since released a statement apologizing for her tweet.
“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.”
Although Barr has “apologized,” she is continuing to retweet people who support her and her statement.
Barr’s publicist also released a statement from the actress apologizing.
I don’t think it’s even remotely believable, considering she’s standing by her words via other people’s tweets, but ya know, you can believe what you want.
Another major win is that Viacom’s cable channels — TV Land, CMT, and Paramount Network — are pulling “Roseanne” reruns from their schedules. Hulu also joined them in taking the show out of its library.
Some are claiming that this is a violation of Barr’s First Amendment right to free speech, and to them I say that there is no such thing as freedom of consequences. This is what happens when you’re racist. And I am not sorry.