Wednesday, June 19, 2024

Roseanne’s Racist Tweet Must Be Addressed by Disney, Bob Iger, Laurie Metcalf, John Goodman, Sara Gilbert


It’s enough already. The game Roseanne Barr has been playing has finally come to a tipping point.

Her Tweet overnight that former Obama aide Valerie Jarrett, who is African American, was the child of “muslim brotherhood & planet of the apes” would be enough to get anyone in this country fired immediately from their job.

Now Roseanne’s employer, Disney, and its chief, Bob Iger, must make a statement. Also her fellow actors Laurie Metcalf, John Goodman, and Sara Gilbert must say something.

For the last few months, the contention has been that Roseanne represented Trump’s America, and that she had the right to voice those issues on her TV show. But this last Tweet, which prompted a weak apology and her leaving of Twitter, is shocking and can’t go without some kind of remark.

Do these people– Iger, et al– approve of this behavior? I doubt it. It’s time they said something.


Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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