Within hours of Roseanne Barr’s controversial tweet about former Obama adviser Valerie Jarrett, ABC announced they had canceled “Roseanne.”
“Roseanne’s Twitter statement is abhorrent, repugnant and inconsistent with our values, and we have decided to cancel her show,” ABC entertainment president Channing Dungey said.
Barr became a lightning rod for criticism after she joked in a tweet, “muslim brotherhood & planet of the apes had a baby=vj,” referring to Jarrett.
The comedian quickly apologized, but it was too late.
While most have acknowledged the problematic nature of Barr’s joke, others have pointed to an apparent hypocrisy in the entertainment industry. There have been several stars who have made similarly controversial statements, but managed to keep their jobs.
Keith Olbermann, who is employed by ABC-owned ESPN, has a troublesome and profane history of making outlandish comments on social media.
In one tweet, he referred to President Donald Trump as a "motherf***ing traitor," racist, and neo-Nazi -- and that's not even the worst of it. Many of the comments are too profane to print here.
Additionally, MSNBC commentator Joy Reid was busted after her old blog posts were uncovered and included "homophobic" remarks. She later claimed she was "hacked" and she does "not believe" she authored the posts.
“Most straight people cringe at the sight of two men kissing,” one blog post read. She went on to write that she was unable to watch “Brokeback Mountain” because she didn’t want to watch the two main characters having relations.
She did not lose her job.
Then there's HBO host Bill Maher. He infamously referred to himself as a "house n***er" live on the air during a discussion with Sen. Ben Sasse (R-NE).
HBO released a statement condemning Maher's remarks, but that's where the consequences ended.
"Bill Maher’s comment last night was completely inexcusable and tasteless. We are removing his deeply offensive comment from any subsequent airings of the show," the network said.
So is there a double standard in the entertainment industry? You be the judge.
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