She is a great comedian, but Roseanne Barr’s racist remarks did her in.
The problem is she cannot keep her mouth shut when she should.
And in that there is a lesson for all public figures.
The days are gone when you could say anything, almost do anything and get away with it.
Barr had just made a major comeback with her new show – Roseanne.
The show was so popular that in the season premier in late March of this year it was watched by 18.44 million people. As well it was the highest rated entertainment on a Tuesday night in six years. And it scored 5.2 rating points in the coveted 18-49 demographic.
Essentially the show was about a family trying to make it on a limited income in a small mid-western town.
Even quite a few critics liked the show.
It was a show that a lot of Americans and other people could relate to. It was a show geared to Trump supporters.
And Trump loved it calling her to congratulate her when the big ratings came in.
But Barr always has had a chequered career with a penchant for being racist, anti-gay, anti-Muslim.
But this time she went too far, Roseanne Barr’s racist remarks did her in.
In a tweet she made highly racist remarks about Valerie Jarrett, an African-American woman, and an aide to former President Obama.
The tweet said if “muslim brotherhood & planet of the apes had a baby=vj.”
The outrage on social media was swift and Barr ended up apologizing and saying her remarks were meant as a joke.
But it was too little, too little.
And while ABC executives pronounced her tweets repugnant and not part of the company’s culture they had supported her for years.
But not only did she lose her show, re-runs of her previous shows were pulled from three cable networks, her talent agency dropped her and a live comedy gig of hers was pulled.
So good riddance Roseanne Barr. You’re now relegated to the dustbins of TV history.