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ABC cancels 'Roseanne' after Roseanne Barr's racist tweet

Tuesday - 29/05/2018 17:30
The Council on American-Islamic Relations, the nation’s largest Muslim civil rights and advocacy organization, also applauded ABC’s decision to cancel Roseanne.
The cast of the reboot of  Roseanne. (Photo: ABC)
The cast of the reboot of Roseanne. (Photo: ABC)
Roseanne has been canceled by ABC following star Roseanne Barr’s controversial tweet about former Obama administration adviser Valerie Jarrett. Disney chairman and CEO Bob Iger confirmed the news on Twitter, voicing support of the network’s decision.

The 65-year-old actress has also been dropped by her talent agency, ICM Partners.

“We are all greatly distressed by the disgraceful and unacceptable tweet from Roseanne Barr this morning. What she wrote is antithetical to our core values, both as individuals and as an agency,” the company wrote in an internal note to all employees. “Consequently, we have notified her that we will not represent her. Effective immediately, Roseanne Barr is no longer a client.”

On Monday evening, Barr responded to a conspiracy thread about reputed “secrets” within former President Barack Obama’s administration and the alleged involvement of his former adviser, Valerie Jarrett, in a cover-up. In a now-deleted tweet, Barr wrote, “muslim brotherhood & planet of the apes had a baby=vj.”

(Photo: Twitter)
(Photo: Twitter)

Many immediately took offense at Barr’s tweet, since Jarrett is an African-American who grew up in Iran. The Roseanne star initially defended her statement, calling the tweet a “joke.” In another tweet, the actress responded to those calling her racist.

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