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Come & Gone

The National Hurricane Center stopped issuing advisories on Alberto at 4AM CDT and handed it off to the Weather Prediction Center. Heavy rains from the storm are still a flood risk for the Mid-South and the Midwest.

Roseanne Barr started the day as the star of a highly rated sitcom on ABC and then posted a racist tweet about Valerie Jarrett, an advisor to former President Obama. She, the rest of the cast, and the show’s crew are now unemployed. ABC, a division of ‘The Mouse’ [Disney], dropped the show as they viewed the Tweet as a violation of network standards. Ms Barr claimed the tweet was a joke.


1 Badtux { 05.30.18 at 1:35 am }

Yeah, just like she claimed that the tweet of herself wearing a Nazi uniform baking human-shaped cookies in an oven was just a joke.

Needless to say, Jewish descendants of Holocaust survivors were *NOT* happy.

2 Shirt { 05.30.18 at 9:26 am }

1500 immigrant children are missing and the vulgarian Barr drives it off the news with more vulgarity. She ought to be in politics

3 Bryan { 05.30.18 at 11:43 am }

She has also claimed that a middle-school-aged George Soros was the René Bousquet of Hungary, rounding up Jews and sending them off to the ovens. She has been doing this for years, and there was probably a clause in her contract that made the firing so quick.

The 1500 missing migrant children haven’t been forgotten, Shirt, nor have the almost 5,000 people who dies on Puerto Rica as a result of Hurricane Maria. Just because they are not on the front page above the fold, doesn’t mean that they are forgotten.

4 Kryten42 { 05.30.18 at 1:09 pm }

I’ve seen many news editorials & opinions about ABC cancelling the Roseanne reboot & a good post by Wonkette. But this opinion piece by Prof. Roxane Gay at NT Times I think is the most appropriate.

It was the kind of thing Roseanne Barr has been doing online for years. This time, however, the backlash was immediate and vigorous. Ms. Barr apologized for her “joke” that wasn’t really a joke and said she was leaving Twitter as if Twitter were responsible for her racist behavior. That apology was not enough. ICM Partners, her agents, stopped representing her. The comedian Wanda Sykes, who was a consulting producer on the reboot of “Roseanne,” announced that she was quitting the show. Within a matter of hours, ABC canceled the new “Roseanne” and the original show’s reruns were pulled from TV Land, CMT and the Paramount Network.

For once, a major network did the right thing. But before it did the right thing, it did the wrong thing. It is not new information that Roseanne Barr makes racist, Islamophobic and misogynistic statements and is happy to peddle all manner of dangerous conspiracy theories. ABC knew this when it greenlighted the “Roseanne” reboot. ABC knew this when it quickly renewed the reboot for a second season, buoyed, no doubt, by the show’s strong ratings.

The cast, the writers and the producers knew what Ms. Barr stood for when they agreed to work on the show. Everyone involved made a decision to support the show despite its co-creator’s racism. They decided that their career ambitions, or desire to return to network television, or financial interests would best be served by looking the other way. It was only when Ms. Barr became an immediate liability that everyone involved finally looked at her racism and dealt with it directly.

Channing Dungey, the president of ABC Entertainment, said in a statement, “Roseanne’s Twitter statement is abhorrent, repugnant and inconsistent with our values, and we have decided to cancel her show.” Bob Iger, the chairman and chief executive of Disney, ABCs parent company, said, “There was only one thing to do here, and that was the right thing.” The cast member and producer Sara Gilbert lamented the show’s demise and said, “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 the show.”

All of these statements sound conscientious and righteous. These statements make it seem as if ABC is invested in doing the right thing. The statements make it seem as if the cast and crew are nothing like the show’s star. These statements are but part of an elaborate and lucrative illusion. ABC is the same network that shelved an episode of “Blackish” because it addressed the N.F.L. anthem protests.

I am more interested in the statement ABC could have made by never making the reboot in the first place.

Full piece here:
‘Roseanne’ Is Gone, but the Culture That Gave Her a Show Isn’t

5 Bryan { 05.30.18 at 2:52 pm }

I’m willing to bet that ABC had a “morals clause” in the contracts for the show and that is why they could dump it so quickly and not worry about any consequences. Hell, even the makers of Ambien issued a statement saying “Racism is not a side effect of Ambien.” so the corporate world wants no part of her.

All she had to do was keep her mouth shut, stay off Twitter, and cash the checks., but she just couldn’t do it.

6 Kryten42 { 05.31.18 at 7:51 pm }

Roseanne is now blaming Michelle Obama and vow’s to make her pay! 🤣🤣

She’s definitely a RWNJ Trumper. A complete inability to take any responsibility for her own actions. The screws aren’t just loose, they’ve completely vanished, the light bulb’s have burned out, the wheels have fallen off & the shingles have been blown away. 😉 😀

7 Kryten42 { 05.31.18 at 8:38 pm }

This is the best take on this Roseanne crap I’ve seen so far. It was always political from the first season. The reboot just became far more blatant. I suspect the whole thing was at least partly a con to take people’s mind’s off the train wreck in the WH.

How ‘Roseanne’ Had the Most Disastrous Endgame In TV History

8 Bryan { 05.31.18 at 9:57 pm }

Knowing what both women look like, I don’t think getting in a fight with a lawyer as physically fit as Michelle Obama is a good idea for someone in Roseanne’s condition. She is depending on Mrs. Obama being nice. There is no reason Mrs. Obama has to put up with Roseanne.

If Roseanne gets carried away, she may get a visit from law enforcement. Former First families get Secret Service protection.

The fact that she got trolled by a drug company should have been a clue that she was a loser.