Who ruined their careers with bad tweets
Anyone who becomes racist is thrown out: This American company self-evident applies even more if the abuse is spread on Twitter. And also for prominent TV personalities, as actress Roseanne Barr now has to discover.
Barr, who is considered controversial, had made an astonishing comeback in the past few months: in March, her sitcom "Roseanne" went back on the air after a break of two decades and achieved top ratings. This was also due to the fact that the self-confessed Trump supporter did not shy away from addressing the problems of the American working class - including political division within families and the main character's addiction to painkillers. The US president himself had called Barr to congratulate her on the success of the sitcom.
On Tuesday, however, Barr, known for her loose mouth, brought her work down on her own, just a week after the successful first season ended. On Twitter, she insulted the African-American lawyer Valerie Jarrett, who had worked as a senior advisor to ex-President Barack Obama: "If the Muslim Brotherhood and Planet of the Apes had a baby, it would look like Valerie Jarrett," she wrote. The 65-year-old was referring to an Islamist association and the science fiction film series in which monkeys rule the world.
When angry users accused their racism, Barr added succinctly: "Muslims are not a race." A little later, she apologized for her "bad joke" and deleted the offensive tweet. But by then it was already too late: The TV broadcaster ABC, which had recently bought a new Roseanne season with 13 episodes, put her out of the door.
ABC: "Disgusting and incompatible with our values"
"Roseanne's comment on Twitter is abhorrent, disgusting and inconsistent with our values, and we have decided to cancel her show," said ABC entertainment chief Channing Dungey.
Robert Iger, head of the Walt Disney Company, to which the TV station ABC belongs, announced that the cancellation of the show was the only right thing to do. Barr's management, ICM Partners, also immediately terminated the collaboration with the actress.
Tom Arnold, Barr's ex-husband and communicative Trump critic, called her contribution "dangerous". Sara Gilbert, who plays Barr's daughter in "Roseanne", distanced herself from her TV mother's racist statements in a statement. These are "disgusting" and do not reflect the attitude of the film team. "I am very disappointed with your behavior," she added.
Before Barr apologized to Valerie Jarrett via Twitter, she had also started an exchange of blows with Chelsea Clinton. Barr referred to the president's daughter as "Chelsea Soros Clinton" on Twitter. The nickname "Soros" refers to George Soros, a Jewish billionaire and major donor to the Democrats, who is blamed for all kinds of things by conservative conspiracy theorists. Barr claimed that Clinton is supposed to be married to a nephew of Soros'. Chelsea Clinton's husband Marc Mezvinsky comes from a Jewish family in Philadelphia.
Exchange of blows with Chelsea Clinton
When Clinton Barr replied in a friendly but firm manner, the actress wrote that George Soros was a Nazi who had taken Jewish citizens to German concentration camps in order to get their fortune. This is a well-known anti-Semitic conspiracy theory from the milieu of the political right (the native Hungarian Jew Soros was nine years old when the war broke out).
Before the show went back on the air in March, Barr initially stayed away from social media. Her children had advised her to do this, as she had already spread conspiracy theories on Twitter in the past. After the great success of "Roseanne", however, the actress became active again on the Internet - and quickly showed old behavior patterns.
After the massacre at Parkland High School in Florida, she falsely claimed that one of the survivors gave the Nazi salute. She also spread a conspiracy theory that Trump broke a prominent Democrat child sex ring. ABC did not respond to these incidents at the time.
On Tuesday, the behavior of the quota queen could no longer be ignored.
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