ABC Cancels 'Roseanne' Show over Racist Remark

2018-05-30

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  • The American television network ABC has canceled its top-rated show, "Roseanne."
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  • The network made its decision shortly after the show's star, Roseanne Barr, published a racist tweet.
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  • Early Tuesday, Barr wrote on Twitter, "muslim brotherhood & planet of the apes had a baby=vj."
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  • "VJ" is Valerie Jarrett, who served as an adviser to former President Barack Obama and his wife, Michelle.
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  • She is African American. Barr's tweet suggested she was a cross between the Muslim Brotherhood and the movie "Planet of the Apes."
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  • Barr made note of Jarret in answer to Twitter comments about conspiracy theories during Obama's presidency.
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  • Conservative Twitter users had brought up Jarrett as being connected to those conspiracies.
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  • Social media users immediately criticized Barr's tweet.
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  • She later deleted it.
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  • She also later apologized, tweeting, "I apologize to Valerie Jarrett and to all Americans. I am truly sorry for making a bad joke about her politics and her looks. I should have known better. Forgive me - my joke was in bad taste."
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  • The president of ABC Entertainment, Channing Dungey, said Barr's comment was "abhorrent, repugnant and inconsistent with our values, and we have decided to cancel the show."
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  • Disney chairman Bob Iger supported the decision.
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  • He wrote, "There was only one thing to do here, and that was the right thing." Disney is the parent company of ABC.
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  • Congressman John Lewis is a well-known American civil rights leader.
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  • He wrote, "Thank you, @ABCNetwork. You did the right thing. There is not any room in our society for racism or bigotry."
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  • While reporting on ABC's decision to cancel the show, Shep Smith of the Fox network said, "Racism is not funny and Roseanne Barr is a racist."
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  • "Roseanne" is about a working-class family.
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  • The series first aired on ABC from 1988 to 1997.
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  • It was among the most-watched television shows in the United States during its nine seasons.
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  • The latest season of the show was a surprising success.
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  • It was the highest-rated and the most-watched series among broadcast networks.
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  • The revival had been especially popular with conservative viewers.
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  • Barr was the show's lead writer.
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  • She also played the lead character, who was a supporter of President Donald Trump.
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  • I'm Ashley Thompson.
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  • The American television network ABC has canceled its top-rated show, "Roseanne." The network made its decision shortly after the show's star, Roseanne Barr, published a racist tweet.
  • 2
  • Early Tuesday, Barr wrote on Twitter, "muslim brotherhood & planet of the apes had a baby=vj."
  • 3
  • "VJ" is Valerie Jarrett, who served as an adviser to former President Barack Obama and his wife, Michelle. She is African American. Barr's tweet suggested she was a cross between the Muslim Brotherhood and the movie "Planet of the Apes."
  • 4
  • Barr made note of Jarret in answer to Twitter comments about conspiracy theories during Obama's presidency. Conservative Twitter users had brought up Jarrett as being connected to those conspiracies.
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  • Social media users immediately criticized Barr's tweet. She later deleted it.
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  • She also later apologized, tweeting, "I apologize to Valerie Jarrett and to all Americans. I am truly sorry for making a bad joke about her politics and her looks. I should have known better. Forgive me - my joke was in bad taste."
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  • The president of ABC Entertainment, Channing Dungey, said Barr's comment was "abhorrent, repugnant and inconsistent with our values, and we have decided to cancel the show."
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  • Disney chairman Bob Iger supported the decision. He wrote, "There was only one thing to do here, and that was the right thing." Disney is the parent company of ABC.
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  • Congressman John Lewis is a well-known American civil rights leader. He wrote, "Thank you, @ABCNetwork. You did the right thing. There is not any room in our society for racism or bigotry."
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  • While reporting on ABC's decision to cancel the show, Shep Smith of the Fox network said, "Racism is not funny and Roseanne Barr is a racist."
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  • "Roseanne" is about a working-class family. The series first aired on ABC from 1988 to 1997. It was among the most-watched television shows in the United States during its nine seasons.
  • 12
  • The latest season of the show was a surprising success. It was the highest-rated and the most-watched series among broadcast networks.
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  • The revival had been especially popular with conservative viewers. Barr was the show's lead writer. She also played the lead character, who was a supporter of President Donald Trump.
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  • I'm Ashley Thompson.
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  • Hai Do adapted this story for VOA Learning English based on AP reporting. Ashley Thompson was the editor.
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  • Words in This Story
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  • racist - adj. a belief that some races of people are better than others
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  • ape - n. an animal closely related to monkeys and humans
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  • conspiracy - n. a secret plan to do something that is harmful or illegal
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  • abhorrent - adj. deserving strong dislike or hatred
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  • repugnant - adj. causing a strong feeling of disgust
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  • inconsistent - adj. not in agreement with something
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  • bigotry - n. an act or belief of hate against members of a particular racial or religious group
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  • revival - n. a new production of an old show
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  • character - n. a person who appears in a show, movie, book, etc.