Over the last few weeks, many of us have heard about, read about, and seen Roseanne Barr’s Twitter feed light up with some questionable stuff. In addition to that, the return of her self-titled show Roseanne on ABC has raised questions about bigotry and racism.
Now it seems, dear readers, that following one of the aforementioned questionable tweets, Ms. Barr apologized for her words, and has announced that she is leaving Twitter.
The announcement of Roseanne Barr leaving Twitter also came on the heels of a tweet by costar Wanda Sykes, in which the out & proud comedian stated that she would not be returning to Barr’s show, but offered no real explanation (as if her fans really needed one). Sykes is not the only person involved on Roseanne to have spoken their minds about these issues, though. According to Entertainment Weekly, even costars Sara Gilbert, Debra Messing, Danny Zuker, and others have added their voices to the criticism of the comic’s racism.
Well, it seems that ABC has finally sat up and taken notice. The studio announced today that they are cancelling Roseanne as a result of Barr’s rants on Twitter. Not only did they cancel the show, but ABC also gave a pointed statement directed at the star’s tweets, saying:
“Roseanne’s Twitter statement is abhorrent, repugnant and inconsistent with our values, and we have decided to cancel her show.”
I am no fan of Roseanne Barr. Never have been. What really clinched things for me, however, was her neo-comedic attempt at singing The Star-Spangled Banner at a Padres baseball game back in 1990 (I’ll spare you the embedded video, but you can watch here if you really want). Her shrieking, off-key, and blatantly disrespectful rendition of the United States’ national anthem is now the stuff of legend, and frankly, I feel like her career should’ve ended right then and there.
But that show of attempted comedy didn’t faze her fans at all. In fact, those who stuck with her are still supporting her on social media; even as the politicians she supports rail against what they call a disrespect to the anthem by athletes who take a knee in protest of institutionalized racism and injustices against people of color.
But, I digress. In my opinion, Roseanne Barr leaving Twitter is a fantastic thing. Mainly because she will have one less platform with which to spread her bigotry and screechy-voiced hatred. I wish that more of those people who choose to espouse racism, misogyny, classism, and bigotry in all its forms would choose to do the same, if only so we wouldn’t have to hear their misguided views. Now, with the her show being cancelled, maybe people will begin to realize that there are consequences to being a bigot, and those consequences are usually not good ones.
Good riddance, and goodbye Roseanne.