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Roseanne Barr just recently ruined her much-anticipated return to television by using social media to express her racist opinion about Valerie Jarrett, a former adviser who served President Barack Obama.
Barr, 65, made a post on Twitter, which chastised Jarrett and defiled her as “a product of the Muslim Brotherhood and The Planet of the Apes.” ABC, the television station that ran Barr’s newly revamped sitcom Roseanne took swift and deliberate action against the disgraced actress and pulled her show from its program lineup.
“Roseanne’s Twitter statement is abhorrent, repugnant and inconsistent with our values, and we have decided to cancel her show,” tweeted Channing Dungey, the president of ABC Entertainment. Dungey (pictured) is the first black person to head a major American television broadcasting conglomerate. She is a very experienced entertainment executive.
Dungey’s decision to give Barr’s show the ax was praised by a number of prominent individuals and entities. “ABC Television has done the right thing by immediately cancelling Roseanne,” said Rev. Al Sharpton in an official statement.
“Whether it was Imus calling the Rutgers University women’s basketball disparaging names, a cartoonist at the New York Post making a cartoon of President Barack Obama portraying him as an ape, or a well-refined public servant like Valerie Jarrett being depicted as an ape by Roseanne Barr, there is no place in media for racism,” Sharpton went on to say.
“Roseanne Barr’s comments were appalling and reminiscent of a horrific time in our history when racism was not only acceptable but promoted by Hollywood. We applaud ABC for taking a stand against racism by canceling Roseanne today,” said NAACP President and CEO Derrick Johnson.
“We commend the network and its president Channing Dungey for placing the values of diversity, inclusion and respect for humanity above ratings,” Johnson continued.
Barr is a staunch advocate of Donald Trump, the current U.S. president. She tweeted an apology statement on Tuesday (May 29) but it was too little and too late. Television can now say goodbye to the wicked witch of rural-based, blue-collar American white supremacy.