TWITTING KILLED A TV STAR – In a matter of hours, Roseanne Barr went from an apparently Ambien-induced 2am Twitter rant to having her TV show – the highest rating sitcom in America at the moment – cancelled by the network just after the finale of the come-back season.
The most offending tweet (Barr also tweeted – incorrectly – that Chelsea Clinton was married to a nephew of George Soros, whom she accused of being a Nazi) referred to a former Obama official Valerie Jarrett: “Muslim brotherhood & planet of the apes had a baby = vj”. Jarrett was born in Iran of American parents and her mother came from an African-American family. It was something I was unaware of until today, as I wouldn’t have guessed it by looking at Jarrett, but Roseanne presumably knew, which makes her tweet racist. As a general rule, I think, we shouldn’t compare people to animals (and especially apes), whether it’s Roseanne Barr and Valerie Jarrett or Bill Maher and Donald Trump or all those who portrayed George W Bush as a chimp. We have all descended from them, but it’s not nice, whether you’re black or white.
Whether animal comparisons are career ending seems to vary; Maher continues to run his show, while one gets the impression that ABC couldn’t wait to get rid of Roseanne and her show, no matter how much dosh it was making for the network. The media-entertainment complex was feeling dirty every day it kept providing forum for a prominent Trump supporter, and coincidentally demonstrating that there is a huge audience out there for celebrities that are not cookie-cutter liberal. Now it’s all back to normal in the TV land.
The conclusion: double-standards being the only standards out there in the liberalland, anyone who doesn’t toe the party line better be damn careful about everything you write. Don’t tweet and Ambien. Don’t tweet in heated anger. Think before you post. Everything you say will be used against you, so don’t give them obvious excuses.