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Variety - - Contents - Clau­dia Eller Co-ed­i­tor-in-chief

’m feel­ing some­what more op­ti­mistic than usual about Hol­ly­wood these days, thanks to some re­cent come­up­pances in the busi­ness that we cover.

I ap­plaud ABC for tak­ing such swift ac­tion against the toxic Roseanne Barr last week, can­cel­ing her show mere hours af­ter a storm of pub­lic out­rage erupted on­line over her racist tweet about for­mer Obama ad­min­is­tra­tion ad­viser Va­lerie Jar­rett. And there was more fall­out when three Vi­a­com ca­ble chan­nels and Hulu quickly fol­lowed suit by yank­ing episodes of her old show.

Of course, while ABC’S in­stant stand against such bla­tant racism was cer­tainly ad­mirable, I have to agree with the many jour­nal­ists — in­clud­ing our own TV critic, Caro­line Framke — who rightly ques­tioned how the net­work could have green­lit the “Roseanne” re­vival know­ing (and ig­nor­ing) Barr’s ab­hor­rent his­tory of “spew­ing hate for years” across so­cial me­dia with her in­sane con­spir­acy the­o­ries and an­gry rants. Hope­fully Barr’s TV ca­reer is sunk for good.

The Roseanne de­ba­cle came on the heels of an­other case of a long over­due reck­on­ing against Hol­ly­wood’s creep of creeps, Har­vey We­in­stein. How damn sat­is­fy­ing was it to see the man who has been for­mally charged with rape and sex­ual mis­con­duct do­ing the perp walk on tele­vi­sion news?

And, let’s not for­get Bill Cosby’s con­vic­tion in late April. While his orig­i­nal trial in 2017 re­sulted in a hung jury, his re­trial in a Penn­syl­va­nia court found the for­mer fam­ily sit­com star guilty on three counts of sex­ual as­sault. Dozens of women had ac­cused Cosby of drug­ging and mo­lest­ing them from a pe­riod that spanned the mid-1960s to 2008. As with We­in­stein, and dozens of other sex­ual preda­tors who have been outed in the #Metoo, Time’s Up era, Cosby fi­nally had to face the mu­sic.

I’m a big be­liever in con­se­quences for wrong­do­ers — and there are many more across the en­ter­tain­ment and me­dia in­dus­tries left to fall. It’s not as easy to hide as it used to be.

There’s rea­son to hope that the just deserts served up to the Har­veys, Cos­bys and Roseannes of the world will have a chill­ing ef­fect on any­one stupid enough to think they can get away with those kinds of de­spi­ca­ble acts.

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