Yesterday, the revived hit TV series Roseanne was abruptly cancelled after the show's star and creator Roseanne Barr made a blatantly racist tweet about former Obama advisor Valerie Jarrett. Following this, Barr has made a number of public apologies over Twitter, showing that she has already come to terms with the cancellation.
Immediately following Barr's tweet, the Roseanne star received a lot of hate over social media, which is an expected response on the Internet. Bringing light to the controversy, Barr went on to make a public statement about the cancellation, showing humility in her actions and her consequences. Here is what she had to say.
"I deeply regret my comments from late last night on Twitter. Above all, I want to apologize to Valerie Jarret, as well as to ABC and the cast and crew of the Roseanne show. I am sorry for making a thoughtless joke that does not reflect my values - 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."
This apology certain seems heartfelt, and shows Barr's sense of humility in this time of her life. She admits that she made a mistake, and she feels bad for it and is trying to make amends. A number of her tweets following this statement continued her apology and humility, going so far as to tell her fans to not defend her or feel bad for her losing her job.
Many of Barr's tweets and her statement brought up a valid point: everyone involved with Roseanne has lost their jobs due to her single tweet. While a few of Barr's coworkers may have known about Barr's behavior and could have predicted it, it's quite possible that Roseanne's cancellation was going to be coming anyways. While Roseanne was a hit when it first came back at the beginning of the year, the ratings quickly dropped down to be one of ABC's lowest rated shows. It's possible that ABC was planning on cancelling Roseanne regardless of Barr's tweet, and simply used the backlash against Barr as an opportune moment.
While a number of Barr's tweets have been humble and apologetic, possibly showing that she is taking a new leaf in her life, many of her other tweets say otherwise. Over the past 24 hours, Barr has responded hatefully to a number of equally hateful tweets towards her. Barr has sarcastically called a number of people "geniuses" and "bigots" in her responses, showing that maybe she has not learned her lesson. Her big mistake occurred when she was making hateful responses just like these, which shows that her apology may not have been as heartfelt and humble as it was perceived.
In one of her tweets, in response to a thread of people talking about her, Barr revealed that she actually believed that Jarrett was white. While this may have been a simple mistake, it still doesn't excuse her heinous words, and many people on Twitter responded to this tweet with genuine disbelief.
It will be interesting to watch Roseanne Barr in the coming months to see if her attitude on her Twitter does change over time, or if it will be more of the same. Shortly following her initial tweet yesterday morning, Roseanne tweeted that she would be leaving Twitter. However, this did not come to be, and her proceeding tweets ranged from contritely apologetic to abhorrently spiteful.