Twitter users react to 'Roseanne' cancellation
Roseanne Barr’s racist tweet has been the main topic of the day. Many social media users have gone out of their way to share their views on her show’s cancelation.
People took to Twitter to share differing views on the drama. Some felt ABC did the right thing by canceling the show while others wanted to know why it had been rebooted in the first place.
In a statement, ABC Entertainment president Channing Dungey shared the reason why the network had given the show the boot. ‘Roseanne's Twitter statement is abhorrent, repugnant and inconsistent with our values, and we have decided to cancel her show,’ Dungey said.
Disney CEO Bob Iger also had his own views on the matter. He said, ‘There was only one thing to do here, and that was the right thing.’
It’s baffling how a racist can make a show about being a racist and get rave reviews by other racists and then be canceled for being racist...— Tony Posnanski (@tonyposnanski) May 29, 2018
Maybe we shouldn’t have even done the Roseanne reboot.
ABC Entertainment cancels Roseanne Barr's show, calling her comment on Twitter "abhorrent, repugnant and inconsistent with our values." https://t.co/2HJA1onFiw [Corrects link] pic.twitter.com/XEdNA8RLft— ABC News (@ABC) May 29, 2018
Disney is the parent company of ABC Entertainment and ABC News. People’s reactions on Twitter varied with some slamming Roseanne Barr's comments while others praised the show being taken off the air.
It's great that ABC finally took a stand against Roseanne's racism, but that side of her isn't new, and they knew it before they revived the show. https://t.co/jcaR0nNe5m— Caroline Darya Framke (@carolineframke) May 29, 2018
TRUMP, 2 MONTHS AGO TODAY: "Look at Roseanne, I called her yesterday, look at her ratings!... Over 18 million people and it was about us!" pic.twitter.com/pifXhyadxs— Aaron Rupar (@atrupar) May 29, 2018
Other users questioned why the show was rebooted in the first place. Another group felt that the cancelation meant the other cast members would now be out of a job.
Roseanne exercised her free speech and ABC decided to end their free association. Now it’s on you to either support her or not, boycott ABC or not, or share your own opinion as a free person or not. Once again, freedom is messy but it’s better than the alternative.— Dave Rubin (@RubinReport) May 29, 2018
FIRST RULE OF COMEDY: Be as racist as possible.— JONAH RAY RODRIGUES (@jonahray) May 29, 2018
SECOND RULE OF COMEDY: Say it was just a joke when people get mad.
THRID RULE OF COMEDY: Fuck over the writers, actors and crew that made your show great.
FOURTH RULE OF COMEDY: Go fuck yourself, Roseanne.
The sitcom’s reboot was initially praised as a cultural phenomenon when it debuted. The show had such a great following that in March, President Donald Trump called Barr to congratulate her on it.
Win-Win:— Ana Navarro-Cárdenas (@ananavarro) May 29, 2018
If u abhor racism, good news is, Roseanne canceled. Good for @ABCNetwork, @bensherwood & whole ABC Family.
If you’re a racist, the good news is, Roseanne’s now free of corporate restraints & can remain on Twitter spewing any crazy thing she wants https://t.co/o0bAV9XWVn
Roseanne's free speech has not been infringed. A company is under no obligation to keep giving you a paycheck when you engage in blatant racism. Please don't embarrass yourself by making this a First Amendment issue.— Matt Walsh (@MattWalshBlog) May 29, 2018
When your show got canceled, but you’re not racist. pic.twitter.com/Do2n37Akij— Zach Braff (@zachbraff) May 29, 2018
Despite this, some fans were concerned about the show’s content. Earlier this month, an episode aired that was centered on Islamophobia.
Thank you, @ABCNetwork.— Jon Cooper 🇺🇸 (@joncoopertweets) May 29, 2018
"Roseanne's Twitter statement is abhorrent, repugnant and inconsistent with our values, and we have decided to cancel her show."
One really ignorant, small, hateful woman single-handedly killed a show. Because of her actions, fellow actors, writers, crew are without a job. May the fate of Roseanne Barr be the domino fall that carries forth all the way to the White House.— Karen Hunter (@karenhunter) May 29, 2018
Aaaaannnd cue the people who just celebrated the NFL targeting player protests defending Roseanne Barr now on 1st amendment grounds. 3,2,1....popcorn.— Jeffrey Wright (@jfreewright) May 29, 2018
A Muslim family living next door to the Conners was targeted with Roseanne asking her sister if she thought they were "terrorists." Ironically, the tweet that got the show canceled was centered on that episodes content.
Now Roseanne Barr is free to perform the National Anthem at NFL games, as God surely intended.— Kevin M. Kruse (@KevinMKruse) May 29, 2018
But honestly she got what she deserved. As I tell my 4 year old, one makes a choice with one’s actions. Roseanne made a choice. A racist one. ABC made a choice. A human one.— shonda rhimes (@shondarhimes) May 29, 2018
Did Nazi this coming pic.twitter.com/zodtw9Kz39— Orli Matlow (@HireMeImFunny) May 29, 2018
Roseanne just got hundreds of people fired. She really is a Trump supporter.— Medicare For All (@David_Feldman_) May 29, 2018
How long before Trump makes Roseanne his Communications Director?— Crotchety Thief of Joy (@tsm560) May 29, 2018
In a since-deleted tweet, Barr made a comment where she claimed Valerie Jarrett, a former senior adviser to President Barack Obama, was a result of the Muslim Brotherhood having a child with Planet of the Apes.
I’m sorry for everyone who lost a job today because of her. How incredibly selfish and stupid. Actions have consequences and their ripple effect can be devastating to others. #Roseanne— Mary E. McGlynn (@MaryEMcGlynn) May 29, 2018
The actress then apologized to Jarrett and to all Americans. Barr's co-star, Sara Gilbert, called her comments abhorrent while Wanda Sykes, a consulting producer, left the show.
Other Twitter users just felt that Barr’s right to free speech had been infringed upon.