Ambien maker: Racism not a known side effect of our drugs

30 May, 2018, 19:55 | Author: Heather Diaz
  • ABC cancels 'Roseanne' following Roseanne Barr's racist Twitter rant

Bob Iger of ABC called Valerie Jarrett to let her know that "ABC does not tolerate comments like those" made by Roseanne Barr.

Jarrett, a former senior advisor to President Obama, called the insult a "teaching moment", telling MSNBC during its "Everyday Racism in America" town hall, "I'm fine".

Barr also addressed Wanda Sykes - who was a consulting producer on the show - who tweeted that she was quitting Roseanne before ABC chose to cancel the series.

Barr's agency, ICM Partners, said in a statement Tuesday that Barr's tweet was "disgraceful", "unacceptable" and "antithetical to our core values".

In other tweets, Barr urged fans to not defend her actions, and that losing her show is "0 compared 2 being labelled a racist over one tweet". "He said he had zero tolerance. and I appreciate that", she said. Later, she moderated her stance: "no, I understand her position and why she said what she said. i forgive her".

Later, when a fan pointed out that Gilbert owes a lot of her career success to her time on "Roseanne", Barr actually defended her on-screen daughter. Prior to its cancelation yesterday, Roseanne was ABC's best-performing series.

"I have only taken Ambien once ... but I don't remember one of the side-effects being racism", CNN's John Berman tweeted.

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Please don't start all of that boycott abc stuff-I'm not a censor and they have the right to do what they wish.

In the sitcom's reboot, Barr - a big Trump supporter in real life - played "Roseanne Conner", who was vocal about her support of President Trump.

- Is there any possibility of a "Roseanne" sitcom without Barr? "You don't have to look in the faces of those you're attacking", she said. As I called my manager to quit working on Roseanne, I found out the show got cancelled.

"Don't feel sorry for me, guys!", she wrote.

Barr's tweet about Jarrett was hardly the first controversial message that the comedian has shared online, on Twitter or otherwise.

Jamilah Lemieux said ABC didn't exactly have much of a choice here in how to respond, though it does beg the question: "Who exactly were you going after when you made a decision to give this person a platform now?"

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