In the wake of the hit ABC sitcom "Roseanne" being cancelled Tuesday following a racist tweet from the show's star Roseanne Barr, reactions poured in from around Twitter. While some slammed Barr's comments and praised the show being taken off the air, others questioning why the show was rebooted in the first place and lamented what the move will mean for the other cast members who are now out of a job.
In a statement, ABC Entertainment president Channing Dungey said that "Roseanne's Twitter statement is abhorrent, repugnant and inconsistent with our values, and we have decided to cancel her show."
Disney CEO Bob Iger added "There was only one thing to do here, and that was the right thing." Disney is the parent company of ABC Entertainment and ABC News.
The reboot of the '90s sitcom was lauded as a cultural phenomenon when it debuted, highlighted by a call between Barr and President Trump in March.
But some had raised concerns about the content of the show. Earlier this month, an episode aired that was centered around Islamophobia, with a Muslim family living next door to the Conners. In the show, Roseanne actually asks her sister if she thinks "terrorists" are living next door.
Then came today's bombshell. In a since-deleted tweet from early Tuesday morning, Barr made a comment that included a reference to "Planet of the Apes" and Valerie Jarrett, a former senior adviser to President Barack Obama. She later took down the tweet and wrote an apology.
"I apologize to Valerie Jarrett and to all Americans. I am truly sorry for making a bad joke about her politics and her looks," she wrote in the tweet. "I should have known better. Forgive me -- my joke was in bad taste."
In the wake of the tweet, Barr's co-star Sara Gilbert panned her comments as "abhorrent" and comedian Wanda Sykes, a consulting producer, left the show.
More reactions poured in:
Acclaimed director Ava DuVernay chimed in to applaud Dungey for taking action.
"For the record, this is Channing Dungey," she wrote on Twitter. "Sitting on top of your world like a Queen in full judgement of your garbage and taking it out. #Roseanne."
The NAACP also commended Dungey for canceling the show after Barr's "appalling" comments.
“Roseanne Barr’s comments were appalling and reminiscent of horrific time in our history when racism was not only acceptable but promoted by Hollywood. We applaud ABC for taking a stand against racism by canceling Roseanne today. We commend the network and its president Channing Dungey for placing the values of diversity, inclusion, and respect for humanity above ratings,” said NAACP President and CEO Derrick Johnson in a statement.
Some were swift to praise the decision to give the show the axe.
Win-Win:— Ana Navarro (@ananavarro) May 29, 2018
If u abhor racism, good news is, Roseanne canceled. Good for @ABCNetwork, @bensherwood & whole ABC Family.
If you’re a racist, the good news is, Roseanne’s now free of corporate restraints & can remain on Twitter spewing any crazy thing she wants https://t.co/o0bAV9XWVn
Thank you, @ABCNetwork.— Jon Cooper ?? (@joncoopertweets) May 29, 2018
"Roseanne's Twitter statement is abhorrent, repugnant and inconsistent with our values, and we have decided to cancel her show."
Roseanne may have the free speech right to engage in racism, but ABC also has the right - and did the right thing - to cancel her show— Khaled Beydoun (@KhaledBeydoun) May 29, 2018
But the move wasn't without its fair share of critics.
It’s baffling how a racist can make a show about being a racist and get rave reviews by other racists and then be canceled for being racist...— Tony Posnanski (@tonyposnanski) May 29, 2018
Maybe we shouldn’t have even done the Roseanne reboot.
It's great that ABC finally took a stand against Roseanne's racism, but that side of her isn't new, and they knew it before they revived the show. https://t.co/jcaR0nNe5m— Caroline Framke (@carolineframke) May 29, 2018
Then there was also the "free speech" debate.
Roseanne exercised her free speech and ABC decided to end their free association. Now it’s on you to either support her or not, boycott ABC or not, or share your own opinion as a free person or not. Once again, freedom is messy but it’s better than the alternative.— Dave Rubin (@RubinReport) May 29, 2018
Roseanne's free speech has not been infringed. A company is under no obligation to keep giving you a paycheck when you engage in blatant racism. Please don't embarrass yourself by making this a First Amendment issue.— Matt Walsh (@MattWalshBlog) May 29, 2018
And then there were those who expressed empathy for those who are now out of a job by no fault of their own.
One really ignorant, small, hateful woman single-handedly killed a show. Because of her actions, fellow actors, writers, crew are without a job. May the fate of Roseanne Barr be the domino fall that carries forth all the way to the White House.— Karen Hunter (@karenhunter) May 29, 2018