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Pity about Roseanne Barr’s big mouth. The show itself tackled some important issues: struggles of the lowermiddle class, bullying, gay rights, opioid addiction and more. Too bad she couldn’t separate her personal politics from the bigger picture. Pittsford, N.Y.
ABC’s swift cancellation of the Roseanne show after she sent out a racist/dehumanizing tweet was the morally correct thing to do. Barr crossed a line and deserved to banished. Yet, I can’t help but feel a deep sense of sadness about the spectacle of it all. Roseanne the reboot was seemingly making an honest attempt to explore some of the more socioeconomic challenges facing much of the nation — an episode on prejudice toward Muslims, another that was exploring the opioid epidemic, even the divide between families caused by the election of Donald Trump as president. Despite that, she continued her offensive conspiracy theory-laden tweet rants.
That someone in Rosseane’s position and prominence as an entertainer would feel that it is somehow OK to broadcast what she wrote about Valerie Jarrett tells us something more profound and disturbing about the times we are living through today. New York