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Roseanne Cancelled After Racist Twitter Rant

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Roseanne, a popular American sitcom that first aired in 1988, has recently been cancelled in the middle of its tenth season due to its main star, Roseanne Barr, posting a racist rant on Twitter.

The show was aired by ABC who recently spoke out on the issue, stating, “Roseanne’s Twitter statement is abhorrent, repugnant and inconsistent with our values, and we have decided to cancel her show.”

Barr’s posts have since been removed, but were targeted towards Valarie Jarrett, Obama’s adviser, whom she compared to the primates from Planet of the Apes.

The sitcom reboot got the boot within hours of the initial post. Barr has since apologized, but to most it was pretty “empty” considering the circumstances. Her initial apology read, “I apologize. I am leaving Twitter now.”

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Cast of Roseanne on set

Since then, Roseanne has been particularly active on the social media app, occasionally posting “one more apology,” but for the most part retweeting her supporters. She has retweeted fans who are trying to up her follower count to “show support” and she is retweeting those who, like herself, do not believe that her comments were racist. “Let’s get Roseanne to 1 Million followers to show our support !!!!!” exclaimed one of Roseanne’s fans.

Most recently, Roseanne has been most active by urging her followers to vote in a particular mid-term election that has to deal with freedom of speech. It is clear that Barr’s suggestions to vote are because she and her supporters think that she has been wrongly penalized for her actions. “Please vote for individual rights tomorrow and not for mob rule!” is just one of her urging tweets.

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ABC, the television company that aired Roseanne before its cancellation

Although being let go from ABC was the biggest blow Barr took from her actions, it is not the only outlet that let her go. Her talent agency, ICM Partners, let her go on Tuesday because of her “antithetical” tweets. Another consequence Barr faces is the loss of supporters after the show was cancelled. This refers to the hundreds of people who worked on the set or production of “Roseanne” who have since lost their jobs because of the cancellation.

Barr even wrote a separate apology for these individuals, “Don’t feel sorry for me, guys!!-I just want to apologize to the hundreds of people, and wonderful writers and talented actors who lost their jobs on my show due to my stupid tweet.”

Even though those against Roseanne seem to far outweigh the supporters, this may not be the case. Many famous people have weighed in on this controversy including Donald Trump who exclaimed, “Bob Iger of ABC called Valerie Jarrett to let her know that ‘ABC does not tolerate comments like those’ made by Roseanne Barr. Gee, he never called President Donald J. Trump to apologize for the HORRIBLE statements made and said about me on ABC. Maybe I just didn’t get the call?”

Clearly, the situation of Roseanne Barr has become increasingly controversial and the question many people are left arguing about is, “Did the punishment fit the crime?”

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