Roseanne Barr has been a household name since the ’80s with her cut to the chase ‘comic’ flare and her no holds barred [forgive the pun] sense of humor. Because of the latter especially, she rose to popularity very quickly-described as the type that would say “what’s on everyone’s mind“. Her rough around the edges approach to dealing with life resonated with millions across America and even the world. Even in her beginnings she always very closely danced the line between acceptable and NOT-acceptable.
I will fully admit that as a child, I watched Roseanne and laughed along with everyone else in the room. However, between hen and now I’ve grown as a person. My understanding of the world has greatly changed, I’m no longer that kid in suburban America thinking everything is “honkey dory”.
We are currently living in a country with unprecedented levels of hate,mistrust, misinformation, divisiveness and overt bigotry. Now; more than ever, Americans NEED to know there are still examples of good people out there—Roseanne Barr is NOT that example.
Are we entirely surprised by the cancellation of Roseanne?
Obviously, there are two sides to this. Allow me to articulate them as best I’m understanding them from everything people are posting.
There are those who are genuinely surprised & outraged about the cancellation of Roseanne Barr’s show.
-Many supporters are feeling this is a violation of her First Amendment rights as an American
-That because she’s a fan of Trump the “Liberal” in the biz are trying to silence her
— Trish Regan (@trish_regan) May 29, 2018
The other side of this argument, is one that I stand with…
-Americans will no longer tolerate overt hate speak from ANYONE! -People that believe this garbage should keep it to themselves or EXPECT to suffer consequences -People like her DO NOT represent good,civilized people
Win-Win: 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 — Ana Navarro (@ananavarro) May 29, 2018
“A show like that goes to all sorts of people — liberals, independents, minorities, young people — who won’t put up with these kinds of racist sentiments,” he continued, “and there’s a serious price to pay for any company that would back that kind of behavior.” – Joshua Green on CNN
Roseanne and those like her are continually attempting to ‘normalize’ hate and bigotry. I have ALWAYS and will ALWAYS assert that these people have NO PLACE in civilized society.
I’m obviously not the only person in America that finds it ironic that Trump hasn’t chimed in as yet. The man; who just a couple of months ago, called and applauded her re-boot.
“Look at Roseanne,” Trump said at the event. “I called her yesterday. Look at her ratings! Look at her ratings! I got a call from Mark Burnett — he did The Apprentice, he’s a great guy. He said ‘Donald, I called just to say hello, and to tell you, did you see Roseanne’s ratings?’ I said ‘Mark, how big were they?’ They were unbelievable — over 18 million people. And it was about us!” He added that “the fake news hasn’t quite figured it out yet,” and that “when they do, they’ll become much less fake.” – while speaking at a rally in Ohio.
So, why hasn’t Trump commented on the woman he held in such high regard?
What if Trump’s reaction to the Roseanne firing was simply an echo of the ABC statement? Something like: Roseanne’s Twitter statement is abhorrent, repugnant and inconsistent with American values, and I support ABC’s decision to cancel her show.The chances of Trump doing that are beyond miniscule, because of his total disdain for the idea of the presidency as a position of moral leadership. Rather, what I would expect from Trump is a tweet — or a series of tweets — using the cancellation of “Roseanne” to argue about the corrosive effect of political correctness and the toxic impact of Hollywood’s liberalism.
Despite what others would have you believe. This is NOT a sign that Americans are becoming “to sensitive” or “we need to have a thicker skin“. What this is, is that good-CIVILIZED Americans WILL NOT tolerate this bigotry from ANYONE. Not a comedian. Not a President. Not even a “man of religion“.