Courtesy of NBC News:
Valerie Jarrett, former adviser to President Barack Obama, responded to actress Roseanne Barr’s comment referring to her as an “ape” on Tuesday, saying ABC made the right decision in canceling its hit sitcom starring the actress.
“First of all, I think we have to turn it into a teaching moment. I’m fine. I’m worried about all the people out there who don’t have a circle of friends and followers coming to their defense,” Jarrett said during a town hall on MSNBC called “Everyday Racism in America.”
When asked if ABC made the right call in canceling the sitcom “Roseanne,” Jarrett said that the network did and that Bob Iger, the chief executive officer of Disney, had called her before the announcement. Disney is the corporate owner of ABC.
Iger apologized, Jarrett said, adding that he told her there would be zero tolerance for that type of comment.
“He wanted me to know before he made it public that he was canceling the show,” she said.
Leave it up to a former member of the Obama Administration to handle unprovoked racist attacks with dignity and class.
Of course, the response from conservatives has not always been so dignified or classy.
wait….. THIS is what they’re going with?!?! pic.twitter.com/e1UiHLczVf
— Jared Holt (@jaredlholt) May 29, 2018
That really only works if one can demonstrate a long history of white people being compared to orangutans in a racist manner.
. @THEHermanCain on ABC canceling #Roseanne: “I believe they were looking for a reason to cancel #Roseanne and here’s why. Even though the show was a ratings success, forces within ABC didn’t like the fact that her conservative defense of certain things was so popular.” pic.twitter.com/WPe65CZjo2
— Trish Regan (@trish_regan) May 29, 2018
You know I see Herman Cain, and he looks black, but it’s like they drained every bit of racial pride right out of him before allowing him to join the Republican party.
As I am writing this post, Trump himself has not yet remarked on this situation.
But I am pretty sure he will, so when he does I will update.