ABC TV Blacklists Roseanne After Racist Tweet
ABC TV has cancelled comedian Roseanne Barr’s show after she posted a racist tweet likening an African-American former Obama aide to an ape.
ABC said, “Roseanne’s Twitter statement is abhorrent, repugnant and inconsistent with our values and we have decided to cancel her show.”
Barr’s tweet said Valerie Jarrett was the child of the Muslim Brotherhood and the Planet of the Apes film.
She deleted the post and apologised but could not contain the backlash.
“I apologise to Valerie Jarrett and to all Americans,” Ms Barr wrote, after follow-up posts in which she defended her remarks as a “joke”.
“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.”
Ms Barr also wrote on Tuesday that she was “now leaving Twitter”, but it was unclear if that meant she would deactivate her account.
Ms Barr’s initial tweet about Mrs Jarrett came in response to another Twitter user, who accused Mrs Jarrett of helping to conceal purported spying during the Obama administration.
Ten days ago, she pledged that she was “leaving all social media except Instagram“, saying it was because the atmosphere had become “toxic”.
Barr’s castmate Sara Gilbert posted on Twitter on Tuesday that the cancellation was “incredibly sad and difficult”.
“We’ve created a show that we believe in,” Gilbert said in the tweet. “One that is separate and apart from the opinions and words of one cast member.”