So ABC has cancelled the hugely successful re-boot of Roseanne's sitcom after she posted a tweet comparing a black woman to an ape. Valerie Jarrett used to work for former US President Barack Obama. ABC said: "Roseanne's Twitter statement is abhorrent, repugnant and inconsistent with our values and we have decided to cancel her show." The tweet said that Valerie Jarrett was the child of the Muslim Brotherhood and the Planet of the Apes film. That's not funny. Comparing a black man or woman to an ape is repugnant. It was idiotic in the extreme. Barr deleted the post and later claimed that she had made the comment after taking a sedative. Hmmm I'd rather she just took ownership of it myself.
Anyhow, she did go on to say; "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." The offending tweet came in response to another Twitter user, who accused Jarrett of helping to cover-up spying during the Obama administration. Roseanne supported US president Donald Trump and has been very outspoken on the Clinton's, George Soros (she called him a Nazi collaborator, she was right), the Trayvon Martin shooting and more. She doesn't pull her punches. Is she racist? I have no idea. As a Trump supporter she naturally reviles the Clinton's and Obama. Commenting on the alleged cover-up of spying, Roseanne jumped into the gutter with two feet and said the worst thing she could think of. It's not right, the apology is appropriate and only she knows if it is sincere.
But why cancel the TV show? Why? Hundreds of people work on the show and earn their living from it. Those people haven't to my knowledge Tweeted racial slurs. A lot of them were very quick to distance themselves from Roseanne's comments, even before ABC announced that they were dropping the show. Did any of the virtue signalling executives at ABC think about the rest of the cast and the crew? Why not? They've done nothing wrong. I'd have issued a very strong statement condemning what Roseanne said. I'd have ordered her to seek a meeting with Ms. Jarrett to apologise to her personally and to explain her comments. I would have then suggested that if she cannot debate politics on social media without resorting to name-calling and slurs, she should delete her accounts. Cancelling the show is wrong. What message does that send? It says that you can never slip, never be wrong and never make a mistake because if you do, you will be humiliated and destroyed. This is puritanism writ large.
The virtue signallers of the world have united and are attempting to take over. In their world there is no room for attempting to understand why people speak and behave as they do and there is no place for forgiveness. Judgement is handed down by progressive holier than thou types on social media, people who would have you believe that they have never done or said anything wrong or hurtful in their lives. Pleeeease! What bollox! Wouldn't it have been nice if, before the next episode of Roseanne, she appeared on screen and apologised for what she said and explained why it is wrong? "Friends I lost my temper in an argument and said some very unpleasant things about Ms. Jarrett. She didn't deserve it. The things I said were unacceptable. I lost the argument for stooping so low. I won't do it again." Not a public humiliation mind, but an acknowledgement that what she did was hurtful and that she had let herself and others down. But the self-righteous won't have it and now hundreds of people are out of work. That is not right.