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ABC’s Roseanne

After another racist tweet from right-wing comedian Roseanne Barr, ABC made the decision to cancel their #1 comedy television series, Roseanne. This news comes less than two months after the series was renewed.

The disgusting tweet in question attacked top former aide Valerie Jarrett and, after substantial backlash, the comedian apologized and deleted the offending tweet. However, as is the case with the internet, everyone always takes screenshots. See the offending tweet below:

After Channing Dungey, President of ABC Entertainment, made his announcement, Disney Chairman and CEO Bob Iger made sure to inform Twitter where his thoughts were:

Racism should never be tolerated or celebrated. Ever. And, prior to the events of today, there had been plenty of evidence that this move should have been made earlier. Need I remind everyone of that Hitler emulating photoshoot? Satire, be damned. The most unfortunate thing is that there is the potential for the series to be picked up by other networks due to its success.

However, the fact that ABC was willing to nix its top televisions series because of a racist tweet makes me wonder whether or not there will be ripple effects felt throughout Hollywood. Ratings are everything and Roseanne brought in the viewers and the ratings.

All I can say is that we will have to see where this decision takes us in the short term and long term. I’ll be watching to see what happens next.

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Sarah Musnicky

Sarah is a freelance writer and self-described workaholic. She loves fantasy and sci fi and will admit having dual loyalties between Star Trek and Star Wars as well as Marvel and DC. When she's not being socially awkward, she is in a corner obsessing over dragons, cute things, and a need to master all languages on the planet. She would like to be a professional blanket burrito when she reaches the peak of maturation.

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  • Let another network try. I’ll enjoy watching the rest of the cast say no to working with her after this.
    The show doesnt work without its excellent cast.

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