Valerie Jarrett responds to racist attack from Roseanne Barr.

By | 2018-05-30T08:40:59+00:00 May 29th, 2018|Categories: Front Page, News|Tags: , , , , |29 Comments

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.


That really only works if one can demonstrate a long history of white people being compared to orangutans in a racist manner.


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. 

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29 Comments

  1. Anonymous May 29, 2018 at 4:19 pm

    Isn’t he at another one of his “campaign rallies” tonight in Tennessee? No doubt that he will mention it, but someone else is going to have to watch it.
    As for Herman Cain, no doubt he was chosen as a “token.” “See? I like black people!” Uh huh.
    As for Bill Maher, he’s cable. Totally separate set of rules.

    • Anonymous May 29, 2018 at 5:42 pm

      Oh, even if he is on summer break, just let them bring him into the conversation.
      He will shut them down in a heartbeat!

  2. Anonymous May 29, 2018 at 4:23 pm

    ABC Knew Exactly What They Were Getting With Roseanne Barr
    The 65-year-old’s history of peddling conspiracy theories and sharing racist and Islamophobic views should’ve set off alarm bells much earlier.

    https://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/abc-knew-exactly-what-they-were-getting-with-roseanne_us_5b0db3bbe4b0802d69cf28d4

    • Anonymous May 29, 2018 at 4:50 pm

      My opinion, it was the success of “Will and Grace” redux NBC that ABC brought them back. It’s all about ratings and one-upping. So, the cancellation put a lot of people out of work; you can’t tell me that they didn’t know who and exactly what she is. I haven’t watched primetime network in years and don’t miss it one bit.

      • Anonymous May 29, 2018 at 6:02 pm

        ABC being ABC, watch them flailing to come back with a “The Conners” or something to that effect without her.
        They killed Dan off once, maybe she gets run over by a garbage truck. It would be fitting.
        If there’s money in it, a lot of “shuckin’ and jivin'” today in Hollywood.

        • anonymous May 29, 2018 at 8:51 pm

          @6:02 You might be RIGHT “watch them flailing to come back with a “The Conners” or something to that effect”>
          ” “ABC today decided to cancel their highest-rated show, Roseanne, following a tweet in which Roseanne compared an African-American woman, a former advisor to President Obama, to an ape,” “Which did not sit well with ABC management—or anyone with a brain, really.”“Roseanne was a very ‘bigly’ hit for ABC and we needed it.” ““The show must go on,” he said before presenting the trailer for Dan, starring John Goodman.”

          https://www.thedailybeast.com/jimmy-kimmel-roasts-abc-for-canceling-roseanne-this-was-a-huge-blow?ref=home

      • Anonymous May 30, 2018 at 12:57 am

        Actually, I believe it was a visit from John Goodman on Sara Gilbert’s talk show that got the ball rolling. They knew what they were getting themselves into, though. If I’ve read Roseanne’s vile, racist tweets (and I don’t have an account), so have her costars, crew and agents. Sara would have been better off doing a spin-off. I really liked how Darlene mellowed with age and motherhood.

    • Anonymous May 29, 2018 at 6:36 pm

      EXCLUSIVE: Watch ABC kick off pitch to advertisers with jokes about Roseanne’s offensive tweets
      Two weeks ago, Roseanne’s bigoted, conspiratorial tweets were a laugh riot.

      …But just two weeks ago in New York City, top ABC brass had a much different take on Roseanne Barr’s Twitter account. The network launched its pitch to advertisers, called “upfronts,” with a series of jokes about Barr’s incendiary tweets.

      The presentation began with Barr, who was heavily featured, introducing Disney-ABC Television Group chairman Ben Sherwood as “the guy responsible for most of my tweets.” Sherwood then appeared and praised Barr as someone who has “always done it her way.”

      “For the record, I have absolutely nothing to do with Roseanne’s Twitter account,” Sherwood joked. “Take a look at her most recent tweet. It was all her.”

      https://thinkprogress.org/exclusive-watch-abc-kick-off-pitch-to-advertisers-with-jokes-about-roseannes-offensive-tweets-d4928fbc8712/

  3. abbafan May 29, 2018 at 4:27 pm

    You don’t have to wait very long Gryphen; he’s patting himself on the back tonight in Hicksville (oops, I meant Nashville). I can hear it now – “fake media destroys “star”, “phony “liberals don’t like her”, ad nauseum…There will be plenty o’ red meat for his “base” to devour!

    • Anonymous May 29, 2018 at 4:53 pm

      He only goes to the most redneck of states for these.

  4. anonymous May 29, 2018 at 6:05 pm

    EXCLUSIVE: Watch ABC VIDEO kick off pitch to advertisers with jokes about Roseanne’s offensive tweets
    Two weeks ago, Roseanne’s bigoted, conspiratorial tweets were a laugh riot.”

    ‘Ju$T two weeks ago in New York City, top ABC brass had a much different take on Roseanne Barr’s Twitter account. The network launched its pitch to advertisers, called “upfronts,” with a series of jokes about Barr’s incendiary tweets.’
    ‘“For the record, I have absolutely nothing to do with Roseanne’s Twitter account,” Sherwood joked. “Take a look at her most recent tweet. It was all her.”

    Sherwood then displayed a (fake) tweet from Roseanne complimenting him as a “more handsome and rugged Ben Affleck with a better back tattoo.”’

    “While reporters watching the stream were free to write about happens at the presentation, to gain access they had to agree not to “forward, capture, rip, broadcast, redirect or otherwise copy” the VIDEO.”

    https://twitter.com/GRYKING/status/1001517073900679168/photo/1?tfw_creator=JuddLegum&tfw_site=thinkprogress&ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw&ref_url=https%3A%2F%2Fthinkprogress.org%2Fexclusive-watch-abc-kick-off-pitch-to-advertisers-with-jokes-about-roseannes-offensive-tweets-d4928fbc8712%2F

    https://thinkprogress.org/exclusive-watch-abc-kick-off-pitch-to-advertisers-with-jokes-about-roseannes-offensive-tweets-d4928fbc8712/

  5. Anonymous May 29, 2018 at 6:38 pm

    ‘Today is a turning point’: Former CBS anchor Dan Rather says Roseanne saga shows Trump is losing

    https://www.rawstory.com/2018/05/today-turning-point-former-cbs-anchor-dan-rather-says-roseanne-saga-shows-trump-losing/

    • ANONYMOUS May 29, 2018 at 7:15 pm

      FB>”
      If this nation ultimately fails, I believe it will likely be along the fraught fissures around race. This current of instability was forged long before the founding of the United States. It was embedded in our national compact and it has continued to erode the stark chasm between our ideals and our reality.
      I don’t think that the majority of Americans are racist, but we can’t be too comforted by that fact. We obviously have serious problems we need to address. Much is implicit. Much is baked into the status quo due to history, culture, our criminal justice system, our voting laws, the paths for economic opportunity, and much more. This is a conversation from which none of us can afford to disengage.
      Tonight, that discourse will be front and center on MSNBC. And I am proud to be joining Chris Hayes and Joy Reid in the discussion. (I will on in the 8pm hour in the lead-up to the town hall)”<Dan Rather

  6. Anonymous May 29, 2018 at 6:39 pm

    Dan Rather Warns Trump: No President Is More Powerful Than The Country

    https://www.politicususa.com/2018/05/29/dan-rather-trump.html

  7. Anonymous May 29, 2018 at 6:53 pm

    What would one call a “joke” about Rosanne Barr that goes like this: “the ugly, white, fat, loud mouthed crude woman who is the spawn of White Supremacists, Nazis, Conservative Evangelicals, and pigs…..” ?

    And that’s just one of her pronouncements that indicate the woman has problems with people of color, certain religions, and other characteristics of people who compose the human race.

    When anyone uses those characteristics that compose the human race as WEAPONS with which to insult, debase, demean, devalue, delegitimize, slander, inflict harm, incite, divide, and isolate another individual or an entire group of individuals, that is some kind of “ism”. When it is habitual, it is not comedy, humor, or a joke. It is not unique and does not require any talent since anyone of us could engage in the same toward anyone else at any given time, just because we don’t like them, like, say, Rosanne Barr, for instance, and we want to hurt them and demean them, using what we don’t like about them as a weapon.

    But, not many of us do that, in the normal conduct of life, or, in attempts to be funny because it is offensive, incivil, rude, and ugly, and we find other ways to express our dislikes about a person: specific conduct, policies, poor communication skills in interpersonal relationships, the way they raise their kids, or their lack of “manners”, or something other than the skin with which they were born, the Higher Power they may worship, who or what they look like, but, never that which makes them human.

    It may seem to be now PC to engage in this dehumanization of people we do not like or who are not useful to us, because it comes from the top and is the theme of this administration, but, it is not.

    It is unacceptable on every level and it is not normal and will never be normal or acceptable. Investing in a TV sit com that celebrates it as “humor”, normalizes this ugliness in our society today, was never a good idea.

  8. Old Redneck May 29, 2018 at 7:48 pm

    Off-topic: Check it out:
    https://www.instagram.com/p/BjWIT2dB8c7/?hl=en&taken-by=bsmp2

    Is Barstool back home in Alaska? Where’s that reconciliation headed? Who is the fat blonde in the center? Why do these people insist in dressing like hookers and trailer trash?

    Hmmm. Wait a minute — disregard the question about hookers and trailer trash . . . we already know the answer.

  9. Anonymous May 29, 2018 at 9:25 pm

    ‘I was Ambien tweeting’: Roseanne apologizes but blames her racist Twitter rant on SLEEPING PILLS – as her furious-looking co-stars John Goodman and Sara Gilbert emerge hours after show was axed

    Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-5785135/John-Goodman-Sara-Gilbert-spotted-Roseanne-canceled.html#ixzz5GxZG2duB
    Follow us: @MailOnline on Twitter | DailyMail on Facebook

    http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-5785135/John-Goodman-Sara-Gilbert-spotted-Roseanne-canceled.html

    • anonymous May 30, 2018 at 6:55 am

      Roseanne Barr shared a stream of controversial, offensive and often doctored material on Twitter on Tuesday
      Actress claimed she didn’t know Valerie Jarrett was black when she made her racist remarks on Twitter
      Barr blamed sleeping pills for tweet calling Jarrett a child of the ‘Muslim Brotherhood and Planet of the Apes’

      “‘Guys I did something unforgivable so do not defend me. It was 2 in the morning and I was ambien tweeting-it was memorial day too-i went 2 far & do not want it defended-it was egregious Indefensible.'”
      “I BLAME MYSELF OK? it’s just an explanation not an excuse, OK, BULLY?WTF?
      “Moments before, Barr had apologized to ‘all the wonderful writers (ALL liberal) and talented actors who lost jobs on my show due to my stupid tweet’.
      Barr also REtweeted supporters’ statements that attacked ABC and others.”

      “Sara Gilbert was also spotted looking annoyed as she left a Los Angeles restaurant through the BACK dOOr after finishing lunch.
      Gilbert, who played Darlene Conner on the series, had earlier slammed Barr’s tweets as ‘abhorrent’.
      The 43-year-old actress, who was also an executive producer of the Roseanne revival, tweeted:
      ‘Roseanne’s recent comments about Valerie Jarrett, and so much more, are abhorrent and do not reflect the beliefs of our cast and crew or anyone associated with our show. I am disappointed in her actions to say the least.
      ‘This is incredibly sad and difficult for all of us, as we’ve created a show that we believe in, are proud of, and that audiences love – one that is separate and apart from the opinions and words of one cast member.’ <BACKdOOred
      "'I am sorry for making a thoughtless joke that does not reflect my VALUE$ – I love all people and am very sorry.
      'Today my words caused hundreds of hardworking people to lose their jobs. I also sincerely apologize to the audience that has embraced my work for decades. I apologize from the bottom of my heart and hope you can find it in your hearts to forgive me.'

      “A spokesman for Soros has since vehemently denied Barr’s claims, calling the comments ‘insulting’ and an ‘affront to his family’.
      ‘[Mr Soros] did not collaborate with Nazis,’ the statement read. ‘He did not help round up people. He did not confiscate anybody’s property.’
      ‘Such allegations are insulting to the victims of the Holocaust, to all Jewish people, and to anyone who honors the truth.’
      Soros was 13 when he and his family, who are Jewish, survived the Holocaust in Nazi-occupied Hungary by purchasing documents who claimed they were Christian.”

      “Other networks including Viacom also dropped reruns of the original Roseanne as the industry turned its back on the show and its star performer.”

      {every rerun of Seinfeld PAYS Steve NAZI/RACIST BANNON } “Seinfeld’s syndication deal was notoriously lucrative — estimated to be worth about $3.1BILLION — and by most accounts, much of Trump aide Steve Bannon’s net worth comes from his stake in the show.”

      http://www.vulture.com/2017/04/did-steve-bannon-really-make-millions-from-seinfeld.html

      CANCELL THAT^

    • anonymous May 30, 2018 at 7:03 am
  10. Anonymous May 30, 2018 at 6:52 am
  11. Anonymous May 30, 2018 at 7:00 am

    Racist Tweet Fiasco Costs Roseanne Barr More Than Just A Reboot
    The hits keep coming for the “Roseanne” star.

    …ABC is also suspending the show’s campaign for this year’s Emmy Awards.

    The media company Viacom is also reportedly pulling reruns of “Roseanne,” which first premiered in 1988. A person with knowledge of the decision told The Wrap on Tuesday that the company is pulling all episodes out of rotation from its Paramount Network, TV Land and CMT channels.

    The streaming service Hulu also announced it was pulling the show from its platform.

    “We support ABC’s decision and are removing the show from Hulu,” a company spokesperson said.

    https://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/roseanne-barr-loses-agency-syndication_us_5b0da944e4b0568a880f4922

  12. anonymous May 30, 2018 at 7:06 am

    https://www.rawstory.com/2018/05/watch-gop-strategist-steve-schmidt-nukes-stone-cold-racist-trump-roseanne-msnbcs-morning-joe/

    ““It was a stone cold racist comment,” Schmidt said of Barr’s tweet. “It wasn’t a ‘joke.’ It was mean spirited. It was vile.””
    ABC>“They knew exactly who they were getting in bed with,
    “Schmidt said he was not surprised by Trump’s support because he and Barr share the same basic worldview. -he’s a stone cold racist.”

  13. Anonymous May 30, 2018 at 7:10 am

    Roseanne Lashes Out At Former Cast Members: ‘You Throw Me Under The Bus, Nice!’

    https://www.mediaite.com/online/roseanne-lashes-out-at-former-cast-members-you-throw-me-under-the-bus-nice/

    • ANONYMOUS May 30, 2018 at 7:53 am

      Could Barr be from dRumpf spawn? Bro&Ho from another MOTHER-fucker…?
      “A granddaughter of immigrants from Europe and Russia, Barr was the oldest of four children in a working-class Jewish Salt Lake City family; she was also active in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints ”
      “Barr was born in Salt Lake City, to a working-class Jewish family. She is the oldest of four children born to Helen (née Davis), a bOOkkeeper and CASHier, and Jerome Hershel “Jerry” Barr, who worked as a salesman. Her father’s family were Jewish emigrants from Russia, and her maternal grandparents were Jewish emigrants from Austria-Hungary and Lithuania. Her paternal grandfather changed his surname from “Borisofsky” to “Barr” upon entering the United States.

      Her Jewish upbringing was influenced by her devoutly Orthodox Jewish maternal grandmother. Barr’s parents kept their Jewish heritage secret from their neighbors and were partially involved in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Barr has stated,
      “Friday, Saturday, and Sunday morning I was a JEW; Sunday afternoon, Tuesday afternoon, and Wednesday afternoon we were Mormons.”

      When Barr was three years old, she got Bell’s palsy on the left side of her face. Barr said, “[so] my MOTHER called in a rabbi to pray for me, but nothing happened. Then my MOTHER got a Mormon preacher, he prayed, and I was miraculously cured”.
      Years later Barr learned that Bell’s palsy was usually temporary and that the Mormon preacher came “exactly at the right time”.

      At six years old, Barr discovered her first public stage by lecturing at LDS churches around Utah and even was elected president of a Mormon youth group.

      At 16, Barr was hit by a car; the incident left her with a traumatic brain injury. Her behavior changed so radically that she was institutionalized for eight months at Utah State Hospital. While institutionalized SHE HAD a BABY, which she put up for adoption.

      In 1970, when Barr was 18 years old, she moved out by informing her parents she was going to visit a friend in Colorado for two weeks, but never returned.”

      https://www.intouchweekly.com/posts/roseanne-barr-incest-156910

      ‘ “Keeping the secret of incest has taken all my energy and courage for 38 years,” “her long-repressed memories came flooding back two years prior when then-husband Tom Arnold called her from rehab and told her he was molested as a child.
      “Immediately after hanging up, I began to shake and sweat,” “Pictures started to appear before my eyes — surreal and frightening, looming large, then crystallizing into my mother’s face.”
      “My mother abused me from the time I was an infant until I was six or seven years old,” “She did lots of lurid things. She hurt me psychologically and physically.”
      She described two incidents in particular, claiming her mother held her under a pillow on one occasion and pretended to be lying in a pool of blood on another.”

      “Then Roseanne turned to her other parent. “My father molested me until I left home at age 17,” “He constantly put his hands all over me. He forced me to sit on his lap, to cuddle with him, to play with his penis in the bathtub. He did grotesque and disgusting things: He used to chase me with his excrement and try to put it on my head. He’d lie on the floor playing with himself. It was the most disgusting thing you can ever imagine.”
      “”Incest and child abuse thrive in darkness, in secrecy,” “One of the great taboos about incest is talking about it, dealing with it and healing from it. I believe the more voices we hear, the braver we become. I want to enter my voice into the mix. I want to be one more person who speaks out and up about incest, to give it a name. With a name and a visible form, we can treat it, contain it, destroy it.”

      At the time, parents Helen and Jerome Barr denied all the allegations through their attorney.
      ON OPRAH>””Calling it incest?” Oprah asked. “Or going public?”

      “Well, both of those things,” the comedian replied. “I was in a very unhappy relationship. I was prescribed numerous psychiatric drugs, incredible mixtures of psychiatric drugs to deal with the fact that I had — and still in some ways have and always will have — some mental illness. And [with] the drugs and the combination of drugs that I was given — which were some strong, strong drugs — I totally lost touch with reality in a big, big way.”

      But Roseanne didn’t retract her accusations against her parents>I was mistaken to use the word incest,” she told the talk show host. “But I can’t really think of another word, and when I do, I’ll use it.”

      “”May you one day also come to know such peace,” “despite currently being in the midst of a hell of your own creation.”)”

  14. Anonymous May 30, 2018 at 7:11 am

    https://www.politicususa.com/2018/05/29/roseanne-barr-returns-to-twitter-and-doubles-down-on-her-racism.html

    “Roseanne Barr returned to Twitter and defended her racist on Valerie Jarrett by retweeting a meme of Jarrett and Zira from The Planet Of The Apes.”

    “If it hadn’t been today’s tweets to get her axed, it would have come tomorrow, or the day after, because this is who Roseanne Barr is. She is a racist, and the big question now is how did ABC ever get back into business with someone who everyone knew was a racist and a bigot?

    It is time for the American people to demand that the television networks place character ahead of profits because the American people won’t tolerate any more Trumpian racism.”

  15. Anonymous May 30, 2018 at 7:13 am

    Ambien Maker Slams Roseanne: ‘Racism Is Not A Known Side Effect’ Of Our Meds

    https://talkingpointsmemo.com/livewire/ambien-maker-slams-roseanne-racism-is-not-a-known-side-effect-of-our-meds

  16. anonymous May 30, 2018 at 7:19 am

    https://www.politicususa.com/2018/05/30/donald-j-trump-and-roseanne-barr-are-birds-of-a-feather-that-flock-together.html

    “Barr is really NOT sorry for her original Tweet, which got her show cancelled, as she originally had told her audience, and coworkers. Nor did she leave Twitter as she threatened she would do.

    And this incident tells each of us where we find ourselves as a society and nation.”

    National Anthem>”Apart from Barr not singing a single note on key, there was the “crotch-grab” and the spitting after her so-called rendition of the Anthem, “{grab yourself by the Pu$$y}
    ” We need not follow these two angry old White people who are losing their privilege. As Americans we are far better than this.
    The popular vote proves it tOO.”

  17. Anonymous May 30, 2018 at 8:04 am
  18. ANONYMOUS May 30, 2018 at 8:15 am

    BREAKING:
    http://money.cnn.com/2018/05/30/media/president-trump-roseanne-barr-bob-iger/index.html?adkey=bn

    “”Bob Iger of ABC called Valerie Jarrett to let her know that ‘ABC does not tolerate comments like those’ made by Roseanne Barr,” Trump tweeted Wednesday morning. “Gee, he never called President Donald J. Trump to apologize for the HORRIBLE statements made and said ABOUT ME on ABC. Maybe I just didn’t get the call?””

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