ABC drops Roseanne show af­ter racist tweet

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ABC TV net­work has can­celled co­me­dian Roseanne Barr's sit­com af­ter she posted a racist tweet liken­ing an AfricanAmer­i­can former Obama aide to an ape.

ABC said: "Roseanne's Twit­ter state­ment is ab­hor­rent, re­pug­nant and in­con­sis­tent with our val­ues and we have de­cided to can­cel her show."

Barr's tweet said Va­lerie Jar­rett was the child of the Mus­lim Broth­er­hood and the Planet of the Apes film.

The re­boot of her hit '90s sit­com "Roseanne" has been a rat­ings hit.

The co­me­dian deleted Mon­day night's orig­i­nal post, but could not con­tain the back­lash.

"I apol­o­gise to Va­lerie Jar­rett and to all Amer­i­cans," Barr wrote, af­ter fol­low-up posts in which she de­fended her re­marks as a "joke".

"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."

Barr's ini­tial tweet came in re­sponse to an­other Twit­ter user, who ac­cused Mrs Jar­rett of help­ing to con­ceal pur­ported spy­ing dur­ing the Obama ad­min­is­tra­tion.

Mrs Jar­rett was a se­nior ad­viser to former US Pres­i­dent Barack Obama, and worked with him dur­ing his early days in Chicago pol­i­tics.

She was born in Iran to AfricanAmer­i­can par­ents. What else did Barr say? Mrs Jar­rett was not the only tar­get of Barr's Twit­ter tirade in re­cent days.

On Mon­day, the 65-year-old en­ter­tainer claimed Chelsea Clin­ton - daugh­ter of former US Pres­i­dent Bill Clin­ton and Hil­lary Clin­ton - was mar­ried to a rel­a­tive of bil­lion­aire in­vestor Ge­orge Soros in a tweet.

Barr tweeted an apol­ogy to Ms Clin­ton on Tues­day.

Barr also al­leged Mr Soros, who is Jewish, was a Nazi col­lab­o­ra­tor - a claim his spokesman la­belled "an af­front".

On Sun­day, the co­me­dian crit­i­cised the Obama fam­ily for sign­ing on with Net­flix to pro­duce TV pro­grammes and movies.

Barr - who ran un­suc­cess­fully for the Green party's pres­i­den­tial nom­i­na­tion in 2012 - im­plied she was con­sid­er­ing a White House bid some­day.

The co­me­dian wrote on Tues­day she was "now leav­ing Twit­ter".


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