Kenya Barris, the man responsible for ABC’s Black-ish, said during a panel recently that it was silly for ABC to revive Roseanne’s show in the first place. According to Barris, due to her “racist, transphobic, and Islamophobic,” tweets, it really isn’t that surprising that they had to ax her show.
Barris remarked, “you hired a monster and then you asked why the monster was killing villagers.” The panel was hosted by the magazine company, Variety, and was devoted to diversity in television writing.
As you may know, in the last year-and-a-half, Hollywood executives have been pushing for more proportional representation in the industry, including both behind the director’s chair and in the writers’ chair.
According to Kenya, he was about to call executives over at ABC to complain about her tweets, but instead, they told him they were about to cancel her show. That was enough for him.
Kenya Barris (@funnyblackdude) on ABC canceling #Roseanne: "You hired a monster and then you ask why the monster was killing villagers" https://t.co/WqAIWJm3tB #PathToParity pic.twitter.com/CuNw8GmsG8
— Variety (@Variety) June 6, 2018
Kenya praised the Disney CEO, Bob Iger, and the ABC CEO, Channing Dungey’s swift response to cancel Roseanne’s show. Earlier in the year, ABC and Barris fought over a “Black-ish” episode that dealt with NFL players protesting police brutality during the national anthem.
However, as the reports went, Barris and ABC executives came to an agreement to put the episode on the shelf indefinitely.
Either way, a lot of people in Hollywood are rejoicing in the cancelation of Roseanne’s sit-com because of her history of controversial tweeting. Some of Roseanne’s tweets were provocative and racially charged.
And the tweet that caused the firestorm? Barr compared a former Barack Obama aide to “Planet Of The Apes” and “the Muslim Brotherhood.” However, within minutes, ABC announced its cancelation.
Barr explained her controversial tweeting afterward and said it was because she was exhausted and on Ambien. In response, the Ambien makers said their drug does not induce “racism” in their patients.