Roseanne Barr has always been a lightning rod for controversy, but since the return of her landmark sitcom on ABC this spring, she has gone completely off the deep end. While the reboot drew big ratings upon its premiere, many of those who praised the show in the 90s were dismayed by Barr's (and her surrogate, Roseanne Connor's) wholehearted embrace of Donald Trump. Offscreen, she used Twitter to spread her beliefs in discredited conspiracies like QAnon. Now, ABC has finally decided she has gone too far, and cancelled her show after an astonishingly racist Twitter outburst.
In a now-deleted tweet responding to a conspiracy claiming Obama's CIA spied on the President of France, Barr slandered former Obama adviser Valerie Jarrett, who was born in Iran to a black father and a white mother, as the daughter of the Muslim Brotherhood and Planet of the Apes.
Barr, who apparently is a night owl (this was sent at 2:45 AM Pacific coast time) followed up by insisting that this was a joke, while also claiming that she couldn't be racist against Muslims because Islam isn't technically a race:
At the same time she was engaging in wanton Islamophobia, Barr also launched an anti-semitic tinged broadside at Chelsea Clinton for marrying the nephew of George Soros, the Hungarian Democratic donor who Republicans love to use as a strawman when Democrats attack big donors (the fact that she's Jewish has never stopped her from this, as the photographs of her as Hitler pulling Jewish gingerbread cookies out of an oven demonstrates).:
The problem here: Chelsea Clinton's husband, Marc Mezvinsky, is not related to George Soros. And Clinton, who has mastered the art of the classy Twitter smackdown, had some words for the domestic goddess:
Roseanne then tweeted back her idea of an apology (which Donald Trump Jr. has since retweeted:)
Although these tweets are also reprehensible, it is the Jarrett attack that has captured the media's attention, with newscasters Brian Stelter and Joe Scarborough expressing their dismay, alongside as actors Don Cheadle, Patricia Arquette, and Tom Arnold, who, following his divorce from Barr in 1994, has become one of her staunchest critics.
Barr has since apologized for the tweets and announced that she is leaving Twitter, but this was evidently not enough to mollify her critics. Before ABC cancelled the show outright, African-American comedian Wanda Sykes, who served as a writer and producer on the reboot, announced that she would not be returning for season two -- a blow that Barr could not recover from.
Roseanne Barr's overt racism gave ABC plenty of chances to back off this reboot. But following Trump's election, they wanted to reconnect with the "real America" that put him in the Oval Office. In that way, they succeeded - by airing her views on TV and Twitter, ABC allowed America to stare into the heart of darkness that got Trump elected in the first place. And like everyone who associates themselves with the president, their careers end in a spectacular blaze of idiocy and shame.