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and ev­i­dence of his gross ig­no­rance on mat­ters both for­eign and do­mes­tic. She may also have as­sumed that the money “Roseanne” brought in would shield her from se­ri­ous con­se­quences from what­ever she would do.

The ba­sis for that as­sump­tion was in­cor­rect. Ad­ver­tis­ers were sure to rebel against as­so­ci­at­ing their prod­ucts with such toxic as­ser­tions. Many had al­ready aban­doned Sean Han­nity and Laura In­gra­ham in the wake of their re­pel­lant mut­ter­ings. Their sup­port for Trump was never the is­sue. It was their use of time they paid for to throw gaso­line on what­ever was left of main­stream Amer­ica's sense of de­cency. “Roseanne” the TV show and

Roseanne the Hol­ly­wood star were over re­gard­less of how ABC re­sponded.

But eco­nomic con­sid­er­a­tions aside, ABC has been hailed for promptly can­cel­ing the show af­ter Roseanne tweeted, “mus­lim brother­hood & planet of the apes had a baby=vj.” The ini­tials re­ferred to Va­lerie Jar­rett, an Obama ad­viser who is African-Amer­i­can. This fol­lowed a spate of other re­volt­ing tweets, in­clud­ing one pro­mot­ing the ob­scene lie that pro­gres­sive bil­lion­aire Ge­orge Soros was a Nazi who turned in fel­low Jews to be mur­dered.

At least half a style point goes to peo­ple who sto­ically own their ou­tra­geous be­hav­ior and are will­ing to go down with it. Roseanne is not one of them. She goes for the throat and, when

coun­tered in an ef­fec­tive way, grov­els at the feet.

And so she started is­su­ing ab­ject apolo­gies for caus­ing of­fense. “Guys I did some­thing un­for­give­able so do not de­fend me,” she posted. And oh, dear, she blamed her use of Am­bien, a sleep med­i­ca­tion, for what she posited as un­guarded re­marks. That might work for some celebri­ties with fairly clean records who slip. Given her his­tory, this seemed a fi­nal act of des­per­a­tion to dis­suade ABC from dump­ing her show.

Next comes the in­evitable self-pity phase. Af­ter Bush chas­tised Roseanne for her gross ren­di­tion of the na­tional an­them, she whined, “I have the right to sing ‘The Star-Span­gled Ban­ner,' too.” She also re­ferred to the boo­ing base­ball fans as

“50,000 drunk a—holes.” She's now back on Twit­ter say­ing she's “tired of be­ing at­tacked & be­lit­tled.”

The slob cul­ture long pre­ceded the most re­cent pres­i­den­tial elec­tion, but it's en­joyed a flow­er­ing un­der Trump. So­cial me­dia will en­sure it a per­ma­nent place on the Amer­i­can couch, but re­sis­tance to the bar­bar­ian on­slaught at the higher cor­po­rate level is most en­cour­ag­ing.

Roseanne is gone. Score one for civ­i­liza­tion.

Fol­low Froma Har­rop on Twit­ter @Fro­maHar­rop. She can be reached at fhar­rop@ gmail.com. To find out more about Froma Har­rop and read fea­tures by other Cre­ators writ­ers and car­toon­ists, visit the Cre­ators web­page at www.cre­ators.com.

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