This is happening at lightning-fast speed. So count on things to change as the day goes on.
As of now:
-Roseanne Barr tweeted that Black, Iranian-born Obama confidantValerie Jarrett was a mix of the Muslim brotherhood and Planet Of The Apes – thus being egregiously offensive to both Muslims and Blacks.
-Wanda Sykes, herself no stranger to racially offensive rhetoric, immediately quit as a writer and adviser on the show.
Barr, shortly thereafter, apologized for her repulsive tweet, apologized and deleted it.
-However, ABC, seizing on the opportunity to rid itself of the controversial Barr, summarily canceled her show.
Personally, I don’t blame the network one bit for doing so.
That is where we stand now.
It seems eminently clear that more, a lot more, will quickly follow – including people questioning why other network stars who have made offensive remarks in the past, did not get the same treatment as Barr. (And they will have a very significant point. More about this in subsequent blogs).