After Roseanne Barr’s Racist Twitter Rant, Wanda Sykes Announce Departure, ABC Announces Cancellation
Roseanne Barr took to Twitter to call Obama aide Valerie Jarrett an “ape,” which prompted Roseanne consulting producer Wanda Sykes to leave.
Guess it’s all coming out in the wash and in real-time. This morning, “comedianne” Roseanne Barr made a “joke” about Valerie Jarrett, a former top aide to then-President Barack Obama about her ethnicity. Simply put, Barr wrote, “Muslim Brotherhood and ‘Planet of the Apes’ had a baby = VJ,” with the VJ standing for Valerie Jarrett.
Twitter became immediately incensed, citing that ESPN’s The Undefeated senior correspondent and columnist Jemele Hill was suspended by parent company ABC for calling Trump a “racist,” while ABC (also owned by Disney) hasn’t been swift into action for punishing the star of their hit show.
With ABC and Disney slow on the button, Barr’s apology fell on deaf ears. “I apologize to Valerie Jarrett and to all Americans,” she tweeted. “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.” Refusing to let the “bad taste” settle in her being, consulting producer to Roseanne, Wanda Sykes, tweeted that she would no longer work on the ABC family comedy.
I will not be returning to @RoseanneOnABC.
— Wanda Sykes (@iamwandasykes) May 29, 2018
According to sources close to the situation, ABC has privately said how they are disgusted by Barr’s problematic tweets, which are full of conspiracy theories and pro-Trump rhetoric. Wanting her to focus on the show, ABC seems to take the position that there is “no controlling Barr,” and that’s what “makes her the successful comic she is.” Barr also made comments on Twitter about Chelsea Clinton, tweeting, “Chelsea Soros Clinton.”
Shortly after the news of Sykes’ exit, ABC’s president announced plans to cancel the show.
BREAKING: ABC Entertainment president says the network has decided to cancel the 'Roseanne' reboot.
— The Associated Press (@AP) May 29, 2018
Valerie Jarrett, who has no ties to the Sunni Muslim organization, was a longtime senior advisor to the Obama White House, who has continued to be a constant subject of criticism by the right-wing. She has declined to comment on the Barr barbs, but suffice it to say that there are more than enough (see: Maxine Waters) people who are ready to hold Roseanne’s feet to the hot coals of indignation.