ROSEANNE REBOOT CANCELED AFTER RACIST TWEET
ABC Entertainment has canceled Roseanne over her racist tweet. Roseanne Barr faced criticism with a tweet calling a former presidential adviser to President Barack Obama a product of an Islamic group and a character from “Planet of the Apes.”
ABC Entertainment released the following statement:
Early Tuesday morning, Barr commented: “Muslim Brotherhood & planet of the apes had a baby=vj.” She later deleted the tweet and apologized. In her apology, Barr called the tweet a “bad joke about her politics and her looks.” She also said she was "leaving Twitter," but didn't specify if that meant deleting her account.
Barr was referring to Valerie Jarrett, an African American woman, lawyer and longstanding senior adviser to former President Barack Obama. Her comparison of Jarrett to an ape and the assertion that she has a connection to the organization Muslim Brotherhood, which she does not, sparked immediate anger on social media.
Sara Gilbert, who plays Barr's daughter on the show, condemned Barr's tweet and put distance between Barr's and her own. "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," she tweeted.