Did Roseanne Deserve to Get Fired? These Celebrities Debated It (Plus, The Shocking Reasons Some of Them Support Her)
It was a long-awaited, fairly doubted revival of a hit show. Some speculated it would fail the original like Fuller House did to Full House, while others wondered how it would hold up in the era of binge-streaming and miniseries.
What few expected was that Roseanne would be canceled faster than it began as a result of the creator and lead actresses’ racist tweets. While most of Hollywood celebrates the network’s decision and condemns Roseanne Barr’s comments about former Obama aide Valerie Jarrett, a few people in Hollywood offered their sympathy to the star. Plus, the surprising command Roseanne gave her fans about the whole affair (page 7).
1. Ted Nugent
- Ted Nugent is a conservative member of the NRA and former lead guitarist of the Amboy Dukes
The notably conservative rocker is no stranger to controversial comments — including his own. He jumped to Barr’s defense via Twitter (how else?). “So Roseanne referencing a movie title is racist,” Nugent wrote. “Lying dishonest soulless freaks from Planet of the Apes.”
Fans and foes criticized Nugent for supporting the star. “She works for a company, it’s their right to fire her or not based on the employees actions,” a user wrote, an opinion which garnered thousands of “likes.”
2. Curt Schilling
- The former MLB star believes the network was hypocritical for firing Roseanne
Former Major League Baseball pitcher and Republican Curt Schilling pointed fingers at ABC/Disney and indicated he felt their actions were hypocritical.
“The irony of Disney canning Roseanne while continuing to employ some of the industries biggest racist and race baiting frauds like Jemele Hill, Bomani Jones, Steve A Smith is not lost on most,” he tweeted. “Oh and at the same time hiring a scum of a human in Keith Olbermann.”
Next: It’s hardly a surprise this political commentator showed support
3. Tomi Lahren
- Her support seemed to encourage Roseanne to question the network
- Lahren expressed her view that the right “can’t get away” with what the political left can
Tomi Lahren, a Fox News personality and controversial political commentator, acknowledged her followers and Trump supporters’ disdain over the cancellation. “I get it,” she tweeted to her fans, “Here’s the thing, we know we can’t get away with what the Left can.”
Tomi Lahren and other fans seemed to inspire Barr to question the network’s choice, despite her apology for her actions. “You guys make me feel like fighting back,” she tweeted. “I will examine all of my options carefully and get back to U.”
Next: “America’s conscience” surprised everyone with his comments
4. Jimmy Kimmel
- While he didn’t defend her actions, Kimmel defended her character
- He claimed “the Roseanne [he knew]” needed sympathy
“What @TheRealRoseanne said is indefensible, but angrily attacking a woman who is obviously not well does no good for anyone,” Kimmel tweeted. He went on to address Roseanne’s struggles and asked his followers to remember that mental health issues played a role. “The Roseanne I know could probably use some compassion and help right now.”
Kimmel received the nickname “America’s conscience” after using his late-night show as a platform to plead healthcare reform and gun control. Needless to say, his comments sparked controversy from his fans.
Next: This public figure offered her support (and relevant experience) to Roseanne
5. Katie Hopkins
- The former Apprentice contestant and Trump supporter has faced controversy herself
- Hopkins made racist remarks on multiple occasions and was fired for similar actions
One of the public figures who used Twitter to express her view of the Roseanne debacle was Katie Hopkins, a former columnist and television personality who is no stranger to controversy. Hopkins lost most of her media positions for reasons similar to Barr’s recent firing, including falsely accusing a Muslim family of extremist behavior and making false claims about a teacher.
Still, she offered her personal experience to Barr in support. “Dear @therealroseanne,” she tweeted, “I have found the more I am fired, the busier I become. You are headed for greatness.”
Next: Roseanne’s costars had something to say … and the words weren’t supportive
6. Most of her costars supported the network’s decision
- Writer Wanda Sykes and actresses Emma Kenney and Sara Gilbert vocalized their support for the network
- Still, the cancellation cost hundreds of crew members jobs
One of the primary focuses of Barr’s actions is how they affected hundreds of workers’ jobs, including those of her costars. Some, like newcomer Emma Kenney, were prepared to quit (or had already left) once they saw the tweet. Still, Barr’s actions lost them a steady paycheck and the acclaim of the number one show on television.
“This is incredibly sad and difficult for all of us, as we’ve created a show that we believe in, are proud of, and that audiences love— one that is separate and apart from the opinions and words of one cast member,” Sara Gilbert tweeted after issuing an initial statement calling Barr’s comments “abhorrent.”
Next: Roseanne asked her fans not to defend her and blamed the tweet on an impaired mental state
7. Roseanne didn’t want her fans to come to her defense
- Barr apologized for the tweet
- She told her fans not to defend her and admitted “I did something unforgivable”
Since the tweet that started it all, Barr has made a few comments about the event, including one blaming the Ambien she took for her comprised mental state. “It was 2 in the morning and I was ambien tweeting,” she wrote in a since-deleted tweet. The head of media relations for the producers of Ambien told CNN; “racism is not a known side effect of any Sanofi medication.”
While fans attempted to defend Roseanne, citing other situations where TV personalities made jokes and comparing them, Barr asked her fans not to “feel sorry” for her. “I just want to apologize to the hundreds of people,and wonderful writers (all liberal) and talented actors who lost their jobs on my show due to my stupid tweet,” she said.
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