ABC moves to racist tweet "Roseanne"
Josmar Taveras, USA TODAY
I interviewed Roseanne Barr a couple of times since her sitcom Roseanne went off in 1997, and I think I gave her some hope that she could change. In the art versus artist debate, I tend to think that people who say and do bad things can also do great art, but there is always a line.
I talked to Barr about the March premiere of the revival when his success was not sure yet, and she seemed plagued by a recent setback in her tweets about former President Obama and Hillary Clinton. She even left Twitter, but only temporarily.
"I had to leave because everyone was mad at me, I do not do politics anymore, I do not want to upset anyone," she told me in March. She added that she did not want to hurt the return of her cult show. "I want people to see it and love it."
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ABC made the right decision Roseanne Tuesday, after Barr's racist tweet. It was the only acceptable one.
Barr unscrupulously put on a shameful, centuries-old spell against the blacks to criticize Valerie Jarrett, a top Obama adviser, exposing both racial and religious prejudice.
A balancing act since returning to her 1990s hit sitcom, which is focussed on focussing on a working-class family long neglected on Network TV . Some condemned their return in advance and hinted at past experiences (and earlier tweets) in which the comedian, an avowed supporter of President Trump, believed terrible conspiracy theories.
I was in a different camp. I found many of Barr's earlier comments repulsive, but I liked the idea of a show that reflected a family that talked about politics and financial issues.
After ABC's Tuesday canceled ABC, "Roseanne" will no longer be a family meal. (Photo: Adam Rose, ABC)
While early analyzes focused more on the family's shared opinion of Trump, the revival was about much more than just important issues such as immigration, opioid abuse, gender identity , aging parents and religious prejudices are concerned. I thought it was worth the risk.
Many viewers agreed that the revival was an instant hit and Roseanne became the number 1 television, with an average of 23 million viewers. The characters and issues associated with viewers at a time when connections often seem impossible to find.
It's a sign of how devastating Barr's tweet was that ABC canceled the show, although this could have been the decade-old hit that could change the power of a network.
Barr's tweet may have deterred advertisers It did not already, and ABC, owned by Disney, would have suffered long-term reputation damage by continuing with the series. But make no mistake: The network canceled Roseanne for the right reason. What she did was wrong.
However, it is remarkable how companies have to deal with their behavior and the public's reaction to it, when politicians sometimes do not.
It seems that Barr's success (again) went to her head and unfortunately many of us can not change. Once the show was a hit, she gave up the modest tone.
She lost more people ready to give her the benefit of the doubt when she tweeted that one of the survivors of Parkland, Florida, is sending the "Nazi greetings" another horrible conspiracy theory.
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The characters came before the fateful tweet. The executive producer and comedian Whitney Cummings, a fan of the original series, has recently left the series. Many of his actors have not shared Roseanne's political views, but that was one of the big advantages. There was no way of thinking, as it is in many of Hollywood.
She probably felt she had a strong base – an average of 23 million viewers – and she could do whatever she wanted. Well, she can now. She just does not have a TV show anymore.
That's a shame, and not just for the spectators. There are a few hundred people who have worked on Roseanne almost all of them are not nearly as rich as Barr, and now they are unemployed. And it's another devastating blow to the Carsey-Werner Company that saw The Cosby Show a groundbreaking 1980s series that was permanently tarnished by the assassination of Bill Cosby by sexual assault.
Maybe I Should Have Seen This She came after my first interview with Barr in 2003, when she returned with a reality sitcom about her life. She tried to be a friendlier, gentler person, to say the right things and even focus on Feng Shui to find the right mood.
After the interview, when I wanted to wait, I could hear her in another room or through an assistant. Sometimes you just can not change it.
In his first finale, the series killed Roseanne's husband Dan, but resurrected him without a fuss about the March revival. This time, Barr killed the show and nothing can revive her now.
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