ABC has cancelled comedian Roseanne Barr’s show “Roseanne” after she posted racist comments on Twitter. The show was a reboot of the original, which first aired in October 1988.
ABC said: “Roseanne’s Twitter statement is abhorrent, repugnant and inconsistent with our values and we have decided to cancel her show.”
Roseanne took to twitter on May 29 to attack Valerie Jarett, a former adviser to Barack Obama. She wrote that Jarett, who was born in Iran, was the child of an Islamist organisation and the movie “Planet of the Apes.”
Many twitter users have labelled the post racist and it has since been deleted from Roseanne’s account.
She later apologised, tweeting, “I apologise to Valarie Jarett and to all Americans. I am truly sorry for making a bad joke about her politics and her looks. I should have known better. Forgive me- my joke was in bad taste.”
However, some users felt her apology wasn’t enough. One user responded by tweeting, “Nah. Hard pass on your apology. You can’t apologise yourself away from being a racist.”
Another disagreed, claiming “Americans have become way too sensitive.”
Roseanne has been the victim of controversy before, and has attacked influential Democratic party donors such as Chelsea Clinton and George Soros, who she claimed was a “Nazi who turned in his fellow Jews to be murdered in German concentration camps and stole their wealth.”
The Roseanne reboot will not be returning for a second season.
By Kyle Arthur
Images provided by ABC and Roseanne/Twitter