Oh my God! Someone said something you don’t like! Cancel his (or her) show! Pronounce anathema upon him (or her). Topple the statues, chisel off the names, enact the machinery of damnatio memoriae!
Apparently that’s what’s happening as I write to Roseanne Barr, the actress who had the dual temerity to 1) revive her eponymous television show in an intermittently pro-Trump modality and 2) emit a tabasco tweet about the horrible Valerie Jarrett, President Obama’s chief counsellor.
Are you ready? Are you sitting down? Are the children in another room? Here’s the tweet: “Muslim brotherhood & planet of the apes had a baby=vj.”
Uh oh. Was the tweet in bad taste? Indubitably. Was it racist? Yep. Was it the worst thing ever in the history of civilization? According to ABC, which hosted her new, extremely popular show, the answer appears to be, Yes: nothing so awful has ever besmirched the escutcheon of humanity. “Roseanne’s Twitter statement is abhorrent, repugnant and inconsistent with our values, and we have decided to cancel her show.” Thus Channing Dungey, president of ABC Entertainment.
It would be an interesting exercise to look into the “values” of ABC Entertainment.