Lowering the Barr

Roseanne Barr has a history of unhinged social media comments, so you know it has to be pretty bad if one of her Tweets makes headline news. And it was. Barr said that if the “muslim brotherhood & planet of the apes had a baby,” it would be former Obama aide Valerie Jarrett. The backlash was immediate. After some resistance, Barr apologized and announced she was leaving the platform. Well, Roseanne may want to come back to Twitter. As of a few minutes ago, Tweeting is the only job she’s got. First, consulting producer Wanda Sykes announced she was done with the show. And then ABC canceled the wildly popular series altogether: “Roseanne’s Twitter statement is abhorrent, repugnant and inconsistent with our values, and we have decided to cancel her show.” The swift justice meted out by ABC is a reminder of the pace of today’s media and the increasingly active role corporations are playing when it comes to social and political issues.

+ If Roseanne thinks she’s having a bad day now, wait until she tries to get her Flat White at Starbucks this afternoon. In a sad irony, today is also the day that Starbucks closed 8,000 of its stores for anti-bias training.

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