The stunning news came as a shock to many fans of Roseanne Barr that the popular reboot of her incredibly successful sitcom “Roseanne” was suddenly canceled. Many wondered if her outspoken support of President Trump was the reason ABC “pulled-the-plug” and were ready to protest her firing, perhaps even boycotting the station.
However what followed moments later simply could not be excused, Barr for whatever reason went on a late night “racist laced tirade” meltdown on Tweeter, and was “justifiably given the boot by ABC Entertainment President Channing Dungey.
In a statement Dungey explained why ABC quickly moved to drop the show, “Roseanne’s Twitter statement is abhorrent, repugnant and inconsistent with our values, and we have decided to cancel her show.”
Her late-night emotional meltdown began when she suddenly took a swipe at former senior aid within the Obama Administration Valerie Jarrett. The offensive and racist tweet stated, “Muslim Brotherhood & Planet of the Apes had a baby=VJ”
That tweet sent the Tweeter world into overdrive and within hours sealed Barr’s faith along with the hundreds of individuals working on the show. The acclaimed actress attempted to stem the outrage almost immediately with a public apology to Jarrett.
“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,” she tweeted, then announcing she was quitting Twitter.
However Barr was back in less than 14-hours on Twitter attempting to explain the series of events that led to her bizarre rant, blaming the prescription sleeping pill Ambien, tweeting, “guys I did something unforgivable so do not defend me. It was 2 in the morning and I was Ambien tweeting-it was memorial day too-i went 2 far & do not want it defended-it was egregious Indefensible. I made a mistake I wish I hadn’t but…don’t defend it, please. Ty”
And “no one should”…and yet to put things in proper context, Barr has paid a steep price for her bigotry, and is being mercilessly vilified within the mainstream media and on social media, while other celebrity types are “applauded” for their hateful rants and actual threats directed at a sitting president.
The most obvious is aging screen icon Robert De Niro, who unlike Barr’s late night “spur-of-the-moment” tweet, actually spent time going through the process of creating a video and recording a scathing attack on the President, calling him a “punk” and a “dog” and saying he would like to “punch him in the face”.
Adding, “I mean, he’s so blatantly stupid. He’s a punk; he’s a dog, he’s a pig, he’s a con, he’s a bullshit artist, he’s a mutt who doesn’t know what he is talking about, doesn’t do his homework, doesn’t care.”
“He think’s he is gaming society, doesn’t pay his taxes. He’s an idiot. Colin Powell said it best: ‘He’s a national disaster.’ He’s an embarrassment to this country. It makes me so angry that this country has got to this point where this fool, this bozo has wound up where he has.”
However, unlike the firestorm of hate currently directed at Barr within the mainstream media and on the Internet, De Niro’s hateful comments were lauded and praised by many on Twitter.
“This is by far the best thing de Niro’s done on camera since Heat.”
“OK, De Niro is officially forgiven for Dirty Grandpa.”
“The great #RobertDeNiro is also # NeverTrump. This is old school DeNiro dropping truth bombs and laying down the ga…”
Such is the world we live in today, where an egregious act can be either vilified or praised, dependent on one’s political views.