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ABC Cancels ‘Roseanne’ Over Star’s ‘Abhorrent, Repugnant’ Racist Twitter Tirade


ABC Cancels ‘Roseanne’ Over Star’s ‘Abhorrent, Repugnant’ Racist Twitter Tirade

ABC on Tuesday afternoon announced it has canceled its popular Roseanne reboot after its star, Roseanne Barr, went on a racist Twitter tirade.

“Roseanne’s Twitter statement is abhorrent, repugnant and inconsistent with our values, and we have decided to cancel her show,” ABC Entertainment president Channing Dungey said in a statement.

“There was only one thing to do here, and that was the right thing,” tweeted Disney CEO Bob Iger.

Barr, an outspoken supporter of President Trump, faced intense backlash on Tuesday after she attacked former Obama White House adviser Valerie Jarrett with a racist tweet calling her the “baby” of the Muslim Brotherhood and “Planet of the Apes.”

In the tweet, Barr attacked Jarett, who was born in Iran, as the offspring of the Islamist organization “Muslim brotherhood” and the movie “planet of the apes.”

“Muslim brotherhood & planet of the apes had a baby=vj,” Barr wrote, using Jarrett’s initials and responding to a tweet accusing the former Obama adviser of helping “hide” misdeeds for the Obama administration.

Jarrett also served as the assistant to the president for public engagement and intergovernmental affairs, and a co-chair of the Obama–Biden Transition Project. Before serving in the Obama White House, Jarrett was a CEO, the chairwoman of the Chicago Stock Exchange and the chairwoman of the board of the University of Chicago Medical Center.

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Politico’s Chief Washington correspondent, Edward-Isaac Dovere, noted that ABC ordered the first season of the reboot after Barr “had called Israel a “Nazi state” and promoted the Pizzagate conspiracy, and ordered the second season after she’d tweeted Nazi salute at a Parkland survivor.”

Many on Twitter celebrated the cancellation of her show:

Tuesday’s tweet is not the first time Roseanne has used racially-charged language to attack an African-American woman from the Obama administration.

In a since-deleted tweet from 2013, Barr tweeted: “susan rice is a man with big swinging ape balls.”


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