Roseanne Barr created an incredible day for the news media on Tuesday with an incredibly stupid tweet storm, full of lies about (the horrendous and harmful) George Soros and punctuated by a tweet about Barack Obama confidante Valerie Jarrett which left ABC Entertainment president Channing Dungey with no choice but to cancel the exceptionally popular "Roseanne" show, putting an estimated 200 people out of work.
Many folks on Twitter, especially Trump supporters, are looking to criticize ABC or make some sort of moral equivalence between Roseanne and the many terrible things said by many liberals. But it's a bad argument for reasons we'll talk about on the show.
Other TV show outlets, such as Hulu, also announced that they're pulling Roseanne reruns from their services. Can you imagine the amount of money that the less-rich-than-Roseanne actors on the current or original show are losing because of Roseanne's idiocy?
Here's the response from one of Roseanne's better-known co-stars:
Roseanne’s recent comments about Valerie Jarrett, and so much more, are abhorrent and do not reflect the beliefs of our cast and crew or anyone associated with our show. I am disappointed in her actions to say the least.— sara gilbert (@THEsaragilbert) May 29, 2018
This is incredibly sad and difficult for all of us, as we’ve created a show that we believe in, are proud of, and that audiences love— one that is separate and apart from the opinions and words of one cast member.— sara gilbert (@THEsaragilbert) May 29, 2018
Roseanne offered an apology but it was too late...and in my opinion ABC had no choice but to fire her. I have almost never said this, but I agree with CNN's Don Lemon: This is not silencing a conservative voice and this is not about free speech.
I do NOT agree with Lemon's assertion that Roseanne is part of a Trump-era trend toward the "normalization of racism."
I apologize to Valerie Jarrett and to all Americans. 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.— Roseanne Barr (@therealroseanne) May 29, 2018
She actually sent out that tweet just AFTER sending out this one:
I apologize. I am now leaving Twitter.— Roseanne Barr (@therealroseanne) May 29, 2018
President Trump had tied himself to Roseanne, which is both why his supporters are looking for ways to support her, and why the media is attacking Roseanne all day long. Trump did not mention Roseanne in his Tuesday evening rally in Nashville, TN. We're all waiting to see if he tweets about it.
On a separate note, on the day that Starbucks closes all of it's 8000+ stores (other than those in supermarkets, I think, which may not be company-owned) for "unconscious bias" training, we learn that Starbucks' reputation has declined measurably in the last month or so. The question is whether consumers are less pleased with Starbucks because its employees need such training or because the reaction seems like over-the-top political correctness.