Roseanne recently came back with a vengeance: to TV, to the culture. And she brought with her that most unacceptable of things: support for Donald Trump.
Therefore, it was, to be sure, unnerving to the mainstream media to see her show revival’s numbers soar.
Certainly, any opportunity to shut down the, not even pro-Trump show, but even merely Trump-sympathetic show…would be welcome and jumped upon.
This morning, they saw their shot and took it.
Roseanne tweeted an insult to someone, as people on Twitter often do.
The Left immediately referred to it as an objectively racist message.
Page Six ran the story, “Valerie Jarrett responds to Roseanne Barr’s racist comments.” People Magazine trumpeted, “Valerie Jarret Reacts to Roseanne Barr’s Racist Tweet…” CNN went with “Roseanne canceled after star’s racist Twitter rant.” The New York Times claimed “Roseanne Barr Incites Fury with Racist Tweet…” Another publication called it “a racist tirade.” Still another said, “Roseanne Barr tweets viciously racist comment about Obama Advisor…” Time wrote, “Valerie Jarrett Responds to Roseanne Barr’s Racist Tweet.”
No doubt, she will forever, in media circles and among the Left, be called a legitimate racist.
Roseanne insulted someone with whom she disagrees. And she did it, with reference to support for a political/religious group and the person’s appearance.
“Muslim brotherhood & planet of the apes had a baby=vj”
It's a joke-
— Roseanne Barr (@therealroseanne) May 29, 2018
ISLAM is not a RACE, lefties. Islam includes EVERY RACE of people.
— Roseanne Barr (@therealroseanne) May 29, 2018
Was it racist? Was that Roseanne’s intent?
It should be noted that Jarrett — who was born in Iran — is not black, but multiracial. According to Wikipedia (I know — not exactly The Encyclopedia Brittanica, but I don’t work for Ancestry.com), her father is black and her mother is one-quarter black. She is also French, Scottish, and American Indian.
To be clear, I do not condone insulting anyone because of their looks. Or their race, for that matter. And I do not believe Roseanne’s message was admirable or wise.
It seems to me we have gotten so far away from actual racism that we have forgotten what that word means. There is such a thing; it does exist. There are those who judge people solely according to their genetic background. There are those who have killed people because of their heritage.
Surely, Roseanne is being labeled a racist partly due to her open support for the leader of the Fourth Reich, Donald J. Trump.
Personally, I have no interest in her tweet; she insulted someone with a joke, and in my view, that is a matter between the two of them. But Disney decided differently. In fact, they concluded that if anything expressed by one of their employees is, according to company head Bob Iger in a statement, “inconsistent with [their] values,” then cancellation is the “only [right] thing to do.”
From Channing Dungey, President of ABC Entertainment: "Roseanne's Twitter statement is abhorrent, repugnant and inconsistent with our values, and we have decided to cancel her show."
There was only one thing to do here, and that was the right thing.
— Robert Iger (@RobertIger) May 29, 2018
But is that really Disney’s policy?
Two days ago, the Mouse hired Keith Olbermann for its ESPN network.
Here are a few of Olbermann’s past tweets to the President of the United States:
“F*** you @RealDonaldTrump Nazi Nazi f*** Nazi Nazi RACIST Nazi BIGOT go f*** yourself f***ing Nazi f***ers.”
“Any of them mention to you that we had a Domestic Terror attack a week ago today and you still won’t call it what it was, you cowardly f***?”
“YOU are the leaker, you stupid, pea-brained, motherf***ing traitor. RESIGN.”
“What needs to be replaced is THIS motherf***er. Today. This morning. NOW.”
(to Ivanka) “Then tell your racist, white supremacist, neo-nazi father to get the f*** out of our society.”
“GO F*** YOURSELF @REAL DONALD TRUMP.”
“You and @POTUS can go f*** yourself, you racist Nazi f***s.”
“You will not destroy this country, @realDonaldTrump. Go f*** yourself.”
“ICYMI: So we’re clear, this is where this F***ing lying anti-Democracy F*** lied to the American people, with no F***ing quote F***ing marks twitter.com/realdonaldtrump…”
“Honest to God, @realDonaldTrump – shut the f*** up.” #Resign”
“TO HELL WITH YOU, YOU MOTHERF***ING TRAITOR.”
Are THESE the values Disney believes in?
What do Olbermann’s expletive-laced posts reveal about Roseanne’s firing?
Had half of these been tweeted toward Obama, would Olbermann have been hired? Or would he have had to hide under a rock for a few decades?
These are only SOME of Olbermann’s insulting tweets to the President. I could have included the images, but I don’t have enough time to blur all the vulgarity. You can see more, uncensored, at this link.
Anyway, food for thought.
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