Published: Thu, May 31, 2018
Arts&Culture | By Matthew Castillo

Valerie Jarrett responds to Roseanne's racist Twitter rant: 'A teaching moment'

Valerie Jarrett responds to Roseanne's racist Twitter rant: 'A teaching moment'

Barr's tweets took aim at a series of people, including former US President Barack Obama's former senior adviser Valerie Jarrett, Hillary and Bill Clinton's daughter Chelsea Clinton and Jewish billionaire and philanthropist George Soros.

Lemon began the segment by pointing to some of Barr's many controversial statements in the past and suggesting these new comments from her - in which she compared Valerie Jarrett to an ape - are nothing new.

Roseanne Barr has returned to Twitter and told people not to feel sorry for her while also highlighting supporters' tweets that attacked ABC and others. "I am very sorry to have hurt you", she wrote. "Forgive me - my joke was in bad taste", she tweeted.

But it was too little too late.

"Disney should fire Roseanne and give us an awesome sitcom starring John Goodman & Laurie Metcalf written by @iamwandasykes", tweeted Roland Scahill.

Asked if Trump believes ABC should have canceled the show over her tweet, Sanders shot back, "That's not what the president is looking at".

Jarrett said on Tuesday that Disney CEO Bob Iger called her before ABC announced the show's cancellation. "I'm anxious about the people out there who don't have a circle of friends and followers who come right to their defense". "I made a mistake I wish I hadn't but.don't defend it please. ty", she tweeted. "He said he'd shake things up".

"My character was created to represent the inclusive nature of my views ... we must stand up against bias, hatred, bigotry and ignorance to make society a better place for all".

"Roseanne" earned an estimated $45 million in advertising revenue for ABC through its nine episodes that started airing in March, according to Kantar Media.

In between her new posts, Barr retweeted a flurry of comments that ran the gamut condemning her, to celebrating her downfall, to full-on supporting her.

ABC faced significant pressure to cancel the show in the hours after Miss Barr's tweet.

Barr went on a tweet storm late Tuesday night and into Wednesday morning, retweeting dozens of supportive messages from her followers, including alt-right figures such as Jack Posobiec and Thomas Wictor who continued to peddle conspiracy theories questioning Jarrett's ethnicity and heritage.

"I'm fine", she said.

Barr loves Trump, her character loves Trump, and Trump loves her. "The racist and distasteful comments from Roseanne are inexcusable".

"This is incredibly sad and hard for all of us, as we've created a show that we believe in, are proud of, and that audiences love- one that is separate and apart from the opinions and words of one cast member". "He did not confiscate anybody's property", the spokesman reportedly said in a statement. "Consequently, we have notified her that we will not represent her".

The company says it has ended its relationship with Barr "effective immediately". The civil rights leader tweeted thanks to ABC, saying the network did the right thing.

DeRay Mckesson, a supporter of the Black Lives Matter movement, questioned how desperate the network was to "profit from Roseanne's racism?"

"We know what Donald Trump thinks". "But you don't have to participate in it". The Reverend Al Sharpton called the tweet inexcusable, and called on ABC to take action.

The "Roseanne" revival this spring was an unexpected major hit for ABC.

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