Sticks and stones may break my bones but words will get you fired.
Roseanne Barr learned the hard, 2018 way that being a racist will disrupt your livelihood if your are a public figure with a TV show and agent. Today (May 29), ABC cancels Roseanne after Roseanne’s racists twitter rant earlier this morning.
The tweet that really took it over the edge was in response to top former aide to President Obama, Valerie Jarrett. “Muslim brotherhood & planet of the apes had a baby=vj,” Barr tweeted in a now-deleted tweet. She apologized, not that she really meant it after a firestorm of outrage erupted.
Following her tweet it went quiet at ABC/Disney. The first response from any attached to the Roseanne TV show was Wanda Sykes, the show’s consulting producer, who announced she was done with the show.
That’s when Disney made the announcement.
“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. Disney CEO Bob Iger added on Twitter that “There was only one thing to do here, and that was the right thing.”
When asked why ABC ultimately decided to cancel the show, a Disney source said, “It’s a question of right and wrong. And it’s a question of our company’s values.”
After Barr’s show was canceled, her talent agency, ICM Partners, dropped her as well
“What she wrote is antithetical to our core values, both as individuals and as an agency,” the agency said in a statement. “Consequently, we have notified her that we will not represent her. Effective immediately, Roseanne Barr is no longer a client.”