On Tuesday the shocking news came down that ABC had cancelled Roseanne Barr’s just revived new (old) hit show! The revival had been a surprise success and was renewed after just a few episodes. Sadly, it’s all over now.
Because Roseanne made an unfunny, and overtly racist joke about former Obama advisor Valerie Jarrett.
Barr incited a social media firestorm earlier Tuesday for the attack on Jarrett, an Obama-era White House adviser.
In the since-deleted tweet, Barr said Jarrett was a child of the Islamist organization Muslim Brotherhood and the movie “Planet of the Apes.”
“Muslim brotherhood & planet of the apes had a baby=vj,” Barr wrote, using Jarrett’s initials. The message was in response to a tweet accusing Jarrett of helping to “hide” misdeeds for the Obama administration.
Barr quickly apologized…
But by then it was too late, the damage was done, and ABC had decided to cancel her show.
Now the question is, should her show have been canceled?
Conservative pundit Benny Johnson attempted to answer that question in a short post to his Facebook page.
Should Roseanne have had her show canceled for her offensive comments about a member of the Obama administration?
Most decent people believe there should be accountability for what you say.
Speech has consequences.
However, it very often is the case that there is a double standard for outrage over free speech.
During the short Trump presidency we have seen:
1. Kathy Griffin ‘beheaded’ The President
2. Snoop Dogg ‘shoot’ The President, rap about killing the president in a video
3. The President’s 11 year-old son called a ‘future serial killer’ & ‘animal mutilator’ by prominent reporters on Twitter
4. Madonna declare, to a cheering audience, that we should ‘blow up the White House’
5. Teacher suspended for pointing a ‘gun’ at image of Trump, screaming ‘Die! Die! Die!’
6. Sarah Silverman calls for an American ‘military overthrow’ of Trump
7. Stephen Colbert joke about the president giving a blowjob to Vladimir Putin
8. Joy Behar said that believing in Jesus is a “mental illness.”
9. Jimmy Kimmel racist mockery of the First Lady’s foreign accent
10. Chelsea Handler mock Sarah Sanders’ looks, call her a ‘whore’
11. Democrat congressman make a blowjob joke about Kellyanne Conway
12. ESPN anchor Jemele Hill calling Trump a ‘white supremacist,’ lead a boycott against an NFL team for supporting Trump
13. MSNBC anchor Joy Reid getting outed as a homophobe, then lying about it
14. ESPN anchor Keith Olberman calling Trump a ’Nazi’ and wishing for the president’s death
Many in the above list received no public shame or punishment. Many work for ABC. They kept their shows, got new gigs and book deals for their despicable actions. This is not a defense of Roseanne or her comments. But if you believe she got what she deserved, those on the above list (and many more) should get the same treatment & have their careers ruined.
People are getting pissed about these double standards.
The hypocrisy is clear.
Roseanne Barr said something disgusting and obviously racist about Valerie Jarrett and she should be shunned for what she said. However, it seems that this kind of discipline never gets applied to the Left.
Al Sharpton, Jemele Hill, Joy Reid, and others can say racist things whenever they want, and they’ve yet to be de-platformed or canceled because of it.
Stephen Colbert, Jimmy Kimmel, Seth Meyers, and others can say horrifically disgusting things about the President, his family, and his friends, and yet… they’ve still got their shows.
Musicians, actors, journalists, and other celebrity types can wish violence upon conservatives, mock the unfortunate events that occur in our lives, call us terrible, mean-spirited, and inaccurate names… and their careers continue without pause.
I have no problem with ABC firing Roseanne Barr. What I don’t understand is why the left doesn’t have to live up to their own standards, and why their celebrities get cheered when they say disgusting things about us, but they feign horror when these things happen to them?
It’s the height of hypocrisy.
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