USA TODAY Weekend Extra - - WEATHER - ‘ROSEANNE’ GOT CAN­CELED Deb­bie Waltzer Cody Lyon

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

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