Wednesday, May 30, 2018

Rosanne Barr's Much Deserved Firing and Banishment to the Fringe

Racist, homophobic, transphobic, Islamophobic bigot Roseanne Barr.
I will admit that I have never liked Roseanne Barr and made a point of not watching her show even during its first run.  I found her crude, bigoted, at times wilfully ignorant of facts, and the antithesis to what one would want as a role model for one's children or grandchildren.  With the revival of the show and Barr's outspoken support of Trump and his agenda of racism and bigotry and bullying, I would have preferred to have my fingernails pulled out with pliers rather than add to the viewership of Barr's show.   To me, Barr is emblematic of what is wrong with today's so called "conservatism" and the Republican Party base in general. As for my "friends" who voted for Trump,  if they have not recanted from their vote and have not vowed to vote Democrat in November, 2018, they are sadly little better than Roseanne Barr, just less outspoken.  Deadline Hollywood looks at Barr's rapid  lesson in the fact that actions - or in this case tweets - have consequences.   Here are highlights: 
The fallout from Roseanne Barr’s racially-charged tweets this morning continues. Following the cancellation of her hit ABC comedy series, Barr has been dropped by her agency, ICM Partners.
“We are all greatly distressed by the disgraceful and unacceptable tweet from Roseanne Barr this morning,” the agency’s leadership said in an internal memo to company employees. “What she wrote is antithetical to our core values, both as individuals and as an agency.  Consequently, we have notified her that we will not represent her.  Effective immediately, Roseanne Barr is no longer a client.”
The agency’s decision to drop Barr followed a morning of racist tweets in which Barr described Valerie Jarrett, a former key adviser to President Obama, as an offspring of the “Muslim Brotherhood & Planet of the Apes.” . . . . . The announcement by ABC Entertainment President Channing Dungey that the network was canceling the revival series soon followed. Disney CEO Bob Iger weighed in shortly afterward, supporting the cancellation decision, tweeting “There was only one thing to do here, and that was the right thing.”
MSNBC’s Joe Scarborough tweeted: “There is no apology she can make that justifies @ABC turning a blind eye to this bigotry by airing another second of her show. Even in the Age of Trump, there are red lines that can never be crossed. This is one.”

Adding to Barr's problem is the added fact that networks that had been running reruns of the Roseanne show have dumped the show. Sadly, many people on the cast and production staff for the show will be losing their jobs. Unfortunately, a self-centered bigot like Barr will likely have no thought of the harm she has done to others.  Hollywood Reporter looks at this added fallout:
After a racist tweet by Roseanne Barr that created an outcry online, reruns of the Roseanne revival scheduled to air on Viacom networks Paramount Network, TV Land and CMT will be pulled from their respective schedules.
Roseanne reruns will be canceled on the three channels starting Wednesday, a Viacom spokesperson said.
Later on Tuesday a Hulu spokesperson also confirmed that the streaming platform would be dropping the show, writing, "We support ABC’s decision and are removing the show from Hulu."
The Laff broadcast network Tuesday announced that it would be dropping reruns of the original series, which ran from 1988-97 on ABC. "While we believe viewers have always distinguished the personal behavior of the actress Roseanne Barr from the television character Roseanne Connor, we are disgusted by Barr’s comments this week.
Therefore, we are removing the original Roseanne series from the Laff schedule for the time being, effective immediately," Laff said in a statement.

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