ABC may have canceled her show after her racist tweet this week, but Roseanne Barr is not done explaining herself and defending her actions. Yesterday, the actress revealed to fans that she “begged” the network to keep her show on the air, but her apology and her promises ended up not being enough.
“I begged Ben Sherwood at ABC 2 let me apologize & make amends,” tweeted Barr. “I begged them not to cancel the show. I told them I was willing to do anything & asked 4 help in making things right. I’d worked doing publicity4 them 4free for weeks, traveling, thru bronchitis. I begged4 ppls jobs.”
Barr then said that the Disney/ABC Television Group President asked her what she was thinking when she wrote the controversial tweet, and she responded by saying that she thought Valerie Jarrett was white, and she looks like her family. But Sherwood said that what Barr wrote was “egregious and unforgivable,” and the 65-year-old comedienne wondered if she would ever be able to recover from the pain.
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In case you somehow missed it, ABC canceled Roseanne and fired the cast and crew after Barr tweeted a racist comment about former Obama advisor Valerie Jarrett, who is an Iranian-born businesswoman. Barr wrote that she looked like the “Muslim Brotherhood had a baby with planet of the apes.”
The actress apologized and said she had nothing against African Americans. She also claimed she truly though Jarrett was white. Barr says that she thinks she will be better tomorrow, but the saddest part of the situation for her is that Jayden Rey – who is a young African-American actress on Roseanne – was someone she grew to love. And, Barr is ashamed that Rey would ever think that she doesn’t love her, and that is painful.
A little more than half of Americans (fifty-one percent) agree with ABC’s decision to cancel the show according to a Huffington Post poll. And, a larger majority – fifty-nine percent – thought the Barr tweet was racist.
Only thirty-one percent thought ABC made the wrong decision. And, of those who had that opinion, more than sixty percent thought the cancellation was a violation of Barr’s right to free speech.
— Hollywood Reporter (@THR) June 2, 2018
Before the network axed the show, discussions about the Roseanne revival were often about politics, and the discussion centered on the debate about what it means to live in Trump’s America. The reboot found fans among Trump supporters, according to polls, and they were more likely to connect with the program.
But many didn’t see watching the show as a political act. Instead, viewers tuned in because they had always been a fan of the show and thought it was funny, or they had heard people talking about it.
ABC executives are reportedly planning on moving forward with a Roseanne spin-off focusing on Sarah Gilbert’s Darlene.