The Roseanne revival has been canceled, due to the big mouth and cruel streak of the woman it takes its name from. She tweeted some repugnant remarks about Valerie Jarrett, a former top aide to President Barack Obama, and got herself fired and her show shut down.
Trump supporters are furious. They say Roseanne’s free speech is being violated, even though she got fired for being blatantly racist. It is our opinion that they all live in fear of the same thing happening to them.
The same people who today are so concerned about Roseanne’s “free speech” were just celebrating the NFL forbidding players from silently and peacefully protesting during the National Anthem.
Incidents like these have piled up, in every walk of American life. The incident is symptomatic of what the Southern Poverty Law Center has referred to as “the Trump effect“, which it has called a virus in our country. This is bigger than Roseanne(no fat-shaming intended).
Getting rid of uncloseted bigots as ABC has done by ending this show is part of the cure, but the simple fact remains. You’ll never get rid of a disease just by treating its symptoms. You’ve got to get at the root cause to destroy it, and that means getting rid of Donald Trump.
Valerie Jarrett herself pointed out that “The Tone starts at the Top“.
Jarrett, a former top aide to President Barack Obama, reacted with characteristic class and grace to Barr’s racist Twitter rant. She pointed out that we can learn from this, and that the incident should become “a teaching moment.”
That is the difference between Republicans and Democrats.
Knowing who she is these days, ABC should have known better than to bring Roseanne back on TV. Her ugly comments and attitude made the entire project a highly dubious proposition, and it’s not like they were hard to find. All you have to do is sign up for Twitter.
But they do seem to have corrected their mistake, and small wonder. No one with any sort of a life wants to be associated with this.
Even in the Trump era, they know they will lose all their friends.
The comments made by Roseanne about Valerie Jarrett were disgusting and they do not bear repeating. It will suffice to say they were worth getting fired over. But compared to things that Donald Trump has said and done, they were hardly remarkable.
It is pretty sad when the President of the United States of America cannot be held to a higher standard than an aging and demented sitcom comedian, but the simple fact remains. This is where we are.
This is the Great America Trump promised. This is what it looks like, this is what it sounds like. These are its values. This is our environment now.
The time will come when we get out from under this, and when it does, it’s important that we never forget who the bigots were.
Complete and total social ostracism will do a lot to deter a repeat of this sort of thing. It will help to ensure that the next generation doesn’t try and make this sort of a play.
This ruptured attempt at a revival has been emblematic. It’s the Trump presidency in microcosm. Identical failure factors were in play.
What it ultimately comes down to is that you are going to have a much harder time dealing with people when they cannot stand your company, and if you persist in your nonsense too far they will get rid of you.
People don’t want you around if you’re going to insist on always being vulgar and ugly and loud.
If you are an obnoxious celebrity, it’s one thing. If you’re an obnoxious celebrity who’s been elected President of the world’s single superpower, it’s quite another.
In the last analysis, at least one thing has to be conceded to Roseanne. She accurately portrayed the way Trump voters look at the world. She gave them a few laughs, and she gave them something to scream about.
And she gave them all a look at their fate, in the post-Trump era.