May 29, 2018

In stunning news, an extremely ill-advised tweet sent out by Roseanne on Tuesday has resulted in the immediate cancelation of her newly-revived show on ABC. As much as we might disagree politically with former (and, come to think of it, current) Obama consigliere Valerie Jarrett, and as deliriously happy as we might be that she isn’t anywhere near the White House these days, I’m sure we can also agree that Roseanne’s description of her as a genetic combination of the Muslim Brotherhood and an “ape” is indefensible. Though Roseanne apologized quickly, it was inevitable that her show, as well-executed and timely and popular and lucrative (and FUNNY) as it is, would be canceled, considering the racist connotations of a remark like that).

Reaction was immediate. FOX News media analyst Howard Kurtz described this as “a spectacular self-immolation by Roseanne Barr after an equally spectacular comeback.” Cast member Wanda Sykes announced that she would not be coming back to the show. Sara Gilbert, who plays –- played –- one of her three adult kids, tweeted that the comment was “abhorrent” and not reflective of “the beliefs of our cast and crew or anyone associated with our show.” Her talent agency, ICM Partners, has announced that it will no longer represent her. Roseanne was already known for being controversial and edgy, but this was obviously over the edge.

Predictably, anti-Trump media outlets are already trying to tie the President and all his supporters to this comment (and his compulsive Twitterstorms don’t help). Joe Scarborough of MSNBC implied as much when he tweeted, “Even in the Age of Trump, there are red lines that can never be crossed. This is one.” Get ready for an escalation of “Trump-is-a-racist” commentary –- which is also indefensible, though the media will get away with it as usual. Roseanne’s stupid remark just made it easier for the media to perpetuate their lie.

I’m not defending Roseanne’s aforesaid stupid remark in any way, but it’s hard to talk about this without mentioning the double standard for those on the left and right. To cite just one example, Kathy Griffin was condemned for tweeting a horrific picture of herself holding the bloody severed “head” of President Trump, and her career appeared to be over for a time, but now she’s back on tour for her many fans, who eat up that sort of thing and love her for being so viciously anti-Trump. Over the years, I've seen numerous left-of-center tweets that were racist and sexist (and, of course anti-Christian), but as they were aimed at conservatives, they got little if any attention. So, will Roseanne ever live this down? Not likely; odds are almost overwhelming that with this she has blown her career to dust.

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There’s something about Twitter that INFECTS a lot of people, perhaps millions of us, like an insidious virus that destroys the pathways between the brain and the fingers. He who lives by the Tweet can die by the Tweet. The one way to fight the infection is to take “the pause that refreshes” and think before tweeting. The goal is not to avoid offending all people --- this will not in your wildest dreams be possible, or even necessarily desirable --- but to make sure you’ve chosen yours words carefully to communicate exactly want you intend to say while anticipating and accepting any potential consequences. Anyone who can’t do that should do what Roseanne says she has now done (too late): Leave Twitter.


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  • R. Rabbitski

    06/03/2018 10:21 PM

    You wrote, "I’m sure we can also agree that Roseanne’s description of her as a genetic combination of the Muslim Brotherhood and an “ape” is indefensible." No, I CANNOT agree. This was NO BIG DEAL. There's absolutely NOTHING "racist" about what she wrote and there was NO REASON to yank Rosie's show over it, leave her career in shambles, and subject her to the mental pain and anguish she's suffering over this. ROSIE didn't destroy her show; ABC did … specifically, Channing Dungey, the black woman executive at ABC, did.

  • Pamra Thurman

    06/02/2018 06:27 PM

    It's hard to condemn Roseanne when Wanda Sykes, who was so outraged that she quit the show, called President Trump "an orangatan" in her stand up, so called comedy. Hipocracy at it's highest level.

  • Linda Dunlap

    05/30/2018 02:53 PM

    I never watched the Roseanne show back in "the day", but have watched many of the episodes just recently as they started binge-airing them on a few different networks, their having been so popular (and lucrative); I wanted to see what it was all about. Today I've watched the accusations fly and I have to say this: everybody who is accusing Roseanne of being Racist, apparently hasn't really watched her show much (or has a selective memory) -- she is NOT a racist. It looked to me that she has championed all the groups who have ever been targeted, extensively so. When Roseanne has said she was a champion of "inclusivity" -- she has been. So while what she tweeted was indeed a stupid move in the middle of the night (and she admits that) accompanied by the mind-affecting drug Ambien, the claims of her Racism look absurd. She only doesn't like the woman she tweeted about, and she should be forgiven, especially after all her apologies. Truly, those on the Vocal Left can get away with anything they want to say, however caustic it is, but their opponents are never forgiven if they say anything against one of them. This is typical, and in my opinion the Lefties are behaving worse than her tweet.

  • Tony Davis

    05/30/2018 01:52 PM

    I think it would be in celebrities best interest to stay clear of social media. Networks should make it a contract requirement.

  • Sally Gideon

    05/30/2018 12:22 PM

    Exactly! A double standard.

  • Vickie Fiorentino

    05/30/2018 10:55 AM

    It's black & white here, literally. If the left had said this, she would still have her show. One can insult Christians all day long and NEVER get the type of treatment she just did. Grant you, while this was insensitive, it could have been put in better context. and everyone would laugh.

  • Terry Palfreyman

    05/30/2018 10:17 AM

    That double standard that you mentioned, is found in many places. The left accuses Trump of a relationship with Stormy Daniels, while forgetting Clinton with Lewinsky while Clinton was POTUS. Democrats shed immorality like 'water off a ducks' back', while trying to hold Republicans to a higher standard. We, as Americans, need to hold both parties to a higher standard, and accept nothing less than exemplary behavior!

  • J.A. Pike

    05/30/2018 10:05 AM

    Well said, Mr. Huckabee! If people cursed Jesus when He walked on the earth, we Christians should expect the same. Roseanne made a huge mistake. intentional or not and she is reaping the consequences. Christians also reap what they sow and I hope tweets by believers do not mimic the tweets of unbelievers. I don't participate in Twitter mainly because, quite frankly, I just don't need the hassle! Thank you for your wisdom and commentary. You are a wise man.

  • Carolyn C Froah

    05/30/2018 09:09 AM

    Well said sir..i have to keep your words in my mind as i read other tweets sent by the likes of kimmel and others tho, just makes me so angry!

  • Donna Howell

    05/30/2018 12:24 AM

    Yet, this woman still has a job with ABC:

  • Richard J StuartJ

    05/29/2018 09:05 PM

    Look if you won't defend Rosanne I will. Yea she made a racist insult. She should apologize, she shouldn't lose her show and her livelyhood. When are we going to quit being so thin skinned? Frankly I don't believe for a nanosecond that ABC was THAT offended. They were desperate to kill this show as it's about the only thing on the air that supports Trump. I'm not buying it, not when their reaction to insults to Christians is radically different. I'm not actually a fan of her show, but if she puts it out on the internet, I'm going to have to subscribe to whatever channel I have to support her. This is absurd. You need to call them out more on this.

  • Karen Biel

    05/29/2018 07:12 PM

    Hi Governor Huckabee,
    I am surely not defending Rosanne but I couldn't help wondering if she had said this about your daughter or Kellyann Conway, Ivanka Trump or any woman in the Trump White House would her show immediately have been canceled! The double standard is awful. The left tells lies after lies about this presidency and constantly gets away with it. That woman, I won't even call her a comedian because nothing she says is funny, who said all those awful things at the WH Correspondence Dinner, I hear has a new show on Netflix. I heard her say her show will be more of the same. Is Netflix going to cancel her? Those are the injustices I see. The left gets so indignant and shoked but when it is directed toward a conservative woman they are silent or chime in! Terrible!! Have a wonderful evening!

  • Mary Kirkland

    05/29/2018 06:59 PM

    I'm no Roseanne fan, and the tweet is remarkably crass, even from someone who is famous for her lack of dignity. But this is on her. Not her fans. Not a politician she supports. Not even her family and close friends, unless they heard her make similar comments without calling her on it. I don't police those I love, but I do express disapproval. When my students accidentally made an unacceptable comment, I often didn't even have to verbalize my reaction before they apologized. There is no room for these words, in public or in private.

  • carol Nickel

    05/29/2018 06:38 PM

    Here is the statement from ABC: From Channing Dungey, President of ABC Entertainment: "Roseanne's Twitter statement is abhorrent, repugnant and inconsistent with our values, and we have decided to cancel her show."
    There was only one thing to do here, and that was the right thing." They actually have "values"???? It certainly isn't apparent with Jimmy Kimmel (makes fun of our FLOTUS) and Joy Behar (often wishes for POTUS's assassination). They still have shows? I guess ABC's values are only considered when it's a Pro-Trump show. I will never watch ABC again and have removed it from my playlist on Dish. The left's loonies have gone way too far and I'm personally sick of it. I hope all conservatives, Pro Trumpers give ABC the fan base they want. We'll see an "Out of Business" sign on their door!

  • Gwen Johnson

    05/29/2018 06:17 PM

    The great double standard huh ! We the people will shut down Netflix and everything that Soros the Nazi owns. Netflix (com cast) Banks, Oil companies, Tv stations . We want that Nazi POS out of our country and send every democrat with him.

  • Vickers Yoder

    05/29/2018 05:47 PM

    I don't condone tweets that Roseanne posted but it boggles my mind the hypocrisy of the left that continually target the President, FLOTUS, FSOTUS, and administration with no repercussion.

  • jerald bishop

    05/29/2018 05:45 PM

    I do not understand why the Libs and the media can say what ever they want, make false allagations,Liberal comedians, movie people can slam the President and his Family, make up false stories and its ok! Mrs Barr was out of line,but others say and worse every day and are cheered for this!