Unemployment is not a comical subject and now the defunct Roseann Barr’s prime time television show has cast, crew, writers and “stars” in the unemployment line. They are scrambling to build a “new” show around Roseann’s television daughter, but the proposed show had not been finalized at press time. Some of the “stars’ have spoken out against Roseann’s bigoted remarks, in an effort to keep their careers alive.
Barr learned that she cannot call President Obama’s former chief of staff, Valerie Jarrett, an ape and get away with it in America. There are consequences for exposing one’s hate and ignorance, even if it was deleted.
With more than 200 positions on the line, Roseann Barr eliminated all of their jobs with one racist Twitter statement. Barr said she was leaving Twitter, only to continue more tweets and exchanges with her fan base. The little African American child featured on the show, Jayden Rey, is also unemployed. She was Roseann’s granddaughter on the new show, which featured one person of color. The Atlanta Star reports that this child has been “crushed” by Barr’s remarks.
Disney/ABC News cancelled Barr’s number one television show as they placed values over racist banter. “Roseann’s Twitter statement is abhorrent, repugnant and inconsistent with our values and we have decided to cancel her show.” read the statement on May 29th. The swift action caught Barr and society off guard, as the show had been renewed for another season.
Barr’s apology to her targeted woman, President Barack Obama’s Chief of Staff, Valerie Jarrett, was too little, too late.
In later days, the comedian blamed her actions on the sleep-aid drug, Ambien, in which the drug company quickly said that those type of results were not from that type of drug use.
“People of all races, religions and nationalities work at Sanofi and to improve the lives of people around the world. While all pharmaceutical treatments have side effects, racism is not a known side effect of any Sanofi medications,” Ambien officials said.
” Blackish” creator, Kenya Burris, had planned a huge protest against Roseann’s show, but ABC President Channing Dungey, 49, asked him to hold off on the boycott, because administration was going to take action and do the right thing by cancelling her program. The other executive who called the show off was Ben Sherwood, President of the Disney-ABC Television Group. Ms. Dungey is the first African American to lead a major mainstream network.
Wanda Sykes, a consulting producer for the show, quit immediately! “I am disappointed in her actions to say the least,” said Sykes.
Barr’s original tweet read, “Muslim brotherhood and planet of the apes had a baby:VJ.” She also claimed that she was unaware that Attorney Jarrett was a Black woman.
A day later, Roseann wrote, “I am truly sorry for making a bad joke about her politics and her looks. I should have known better. Forgive me. Leaving twitter.” But Barr returned to Twitter again, to write about Jarrett again, after apologizing to the former Chief of Staff and the American people.
On MSNBC, Jarrett called Barr’s initial comments “a teachable moment.” Jarrett’s grace and dignity were exhibited under pressure, as she explained that many people and organizations came to her defense against racism, but that the average person does not have this type of support. The average person of color has to deal with adversity alone, often in an environment that supports such racist behavior or perspectives in our society.
Barr has been spewing inappropriate remarks for years and has never been made to change her behavior. She has tweeted about First Lady Michelle Obama, Bill and Hillary Clinton’s daughter, Chelsea Clinton and her husband and Barr has even dressed up as Adolph Hitler.
At one point, Roseann’s show, which had been revived from the 1990’s, had more than 18 million viewers. Many television critics and newspaper editorials focused on how Barr’s show, which had been reflective of her own personal views, made being racist popular again.
The character Roseann Connor and the individual, Roseann Barr, are President Donald Trump supporters. Trump has praised the show in the past, but was silent regarding Barr’s tweets.
“Look at Roseann — Look at her ratings! They were unbelievable. Over 18 million people (watched the show) and it was about us,” Trump has tweeted.
Barr, 65, lives in Salt Lake City and has been married three times. She has five children and her net worth is reported at $80 million.
New York Times, Chicago Tribune, ABC News, The Seattle Times, The Atlanta Black Star and The Inquisiter contributed to this story.