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.’
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.
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.
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.
Despite this, some fans were concerned about the show’s content. Earlier this month, an episode aired that was centered on Islamophobia.
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.
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.
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.