Tuesday 23 October 2018

'Roseanne' axed over star's racist tweet against ex-Obama adviser

Actress Roseanne Barr at the Golden Globe Awards in California back in January. The reboot of her sitcom ‘Rosanne’ has now been axed. Photo: Reuters
Actress Roseanne Barr at the Golden Globe Awards in California back in January. The reboot of her sitcom ‘Rosanne’ has now been axed. Photo: Reuters

Laura Harding

The hit reboot of TV sitcom 'Roseanne' has been cancelled following a racist tweet by star Roseanne Barr about former US president Barack Obama's adviser Valerie Jarrett.

ABC Entertainment president Channing Dungey said the comment was "abhorrent, repugnant and inconsistent with our values, and we have decided to cancel the show".

The 'Roseanne' revival this spring was an unexpected major hit for ABC. It was particularly popular among many conservative viewers because Barr's character expressed support for President Donald Trump.

Barr's tweet suggested that Jarrett was a product of the Muslim brotherhood and the 'Planet of the Apes'.

She later apologised "for making a bad joke". The TV star said she was leaving Twitter after sparking controversy with the post, which she has since deleted.

In a response to a thread alleging Jarrett helped to conceal CIA spying, Barr wrote that the black adviser was the "baby" of the Muslim Brotherhood and 'Planet of the Apes'.

Valerie Jarrett. Photo: Getty Images
Valerie Jarrett. Photo: Getty Images

Barr later wrote on Twitter: "I apologise. I am now leaving Twitter."

She added: "I apologise to Valerie Jarrett 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."

Her tweet about Jarrett had prompted users to point out the tweet was racist, with Barr replying: "Muslims r NOT a race."

She told another follower: "It's a joke."

In another string of tweets, Barr connected Chelsea Clinton, daughter of Bill and Hillary, to Democratic donor George Soros.

She also retweeted people calling for the release of former far-right English Defence League leader Tommy Robinson, who has been jailed for contempt of court.

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