As Twitchy reported, ABC canceled the “Roseanne” reboot after ABC decided that Roseanne Barr’s “abhorrent, repugnant” tweet didn’t align with the network’s values. And to be frank, her tweet targeting Valerie Jarrett was abhorrent and utterly uncalled for.
News that the show had been canceled broke just before 2 p.m., so we’re not sure what cast member and producer Sara Gilbert, who played “Darlene Conner,” knew about the future of the show at the time she tweeted this:
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 (@THEsaragilbert) May 29, 2018
Sounds fair to us: the show was canceled over Roseanne Barr’s tweet, but that’s going to put a lot of people out of business — including the writers.
Or at least it sounded fair, but a lot of people called out Gilbert for claiming that Barr was “separate and apart” from the show, while others dragged her for even working with Barr in the first place.
The show is called "Roseanne". https://t.co/Pw2OqaUHtP
— Justin Hendrix (@justinhendrix) May 29, 2018
the show is called "Roseanne" lol https://t.co/28ZHU00xOw
— Ken Klippenstein (@kenklippenstein) May 29, 2018
This "one cast member" is the star of the show. Without her, there's no show. You've hitched your wagon to a racist star. https://t.co/SnrSyY8Quq
— Jenny Han (@jennyhan) May 29, 2018
This might be more offensive than Roseanne’s tweets. You helped a known bigot gain a wider platform in exchange for a paycheck. At least be an adult and own it. https://t.co/OA9ZRMETvg
— David von Ebers (@Dave_von_Ebers) May 29, 2018
She’s been racist and transphobic for years and you had a choice about working with her knowing that she is an unabashed bigot, and you made it.
— andrea grimes (@andreagrimes) May 29, 2018
Can't shake the devil's hand and say you're only kidding. https://t.co/QVdcCdJZP4
— Elle C (@AnotherElle) May 29, 2018
You could have walked away. You could have salvaged honor. Now the world knows your standards are for sale, and you're unemployed. https://t.co/047VpuXSFE
— Hillary Warned Us (@HillaryWarnedUs) May 29, 2018
An ongoing feature of whiteness is the construction of innocence.
A show called "Roseanne" about a character named "Roseanne" is somehow not to be sullied by just "one cast member" (who also happens to run the show & reap its profits & rep it in the world) named…Roseanne. https://t.co/UbTD4v1kjl
— Steven Thrasher (@thrasherxy) May 29, 2018
Seriously, spare me. You can't elevate and profit off the views of a racist transphobic monster and then claim you are not part of the problem. https://t.co/nQ90uQib3k
— Chase Strangio (@chasestrangio) May 29, 2018
"One cast member"
That the show is named after,
That created the opportunity for the reboot of the show based on following the trumpet of a racist demagogue that is tearing our nation apart.
Sara Gilbert is getting paid very well right now,
— The Russocrat (@Russocrat) May 29, 2018
Complacency has consequences. https://t.co/9ZHfozLt0y
— Beth Elderkin (@BethElderkin) May 29, 2018
Funny way of spelling "I hereby resign in protest due to the main actress's continuing racist statements and deeds." https://t.co/9zfoQM1f8H
— Elizabeth Rogers (@ahumorlessfem) May 29, 2018
Just kill off @therealroseanne's character. Have her shot off camera by a gun toting white supremacist wearing a maga hat. We will all watch now that she is gone. When you lay down with dogs, you wake up with fleas https://t.co/jsT86Z4BNV
— jimmy palmieri #BlueWave2018 (@jimmypalmieri) May 29, 2018
Your cast chose to hitch yourselves to her wagon knowing exactly who she is. It's not an ensemble comedy when the show has a namesake, and when that namesake goes down in a pile of flames, you all go with her. How is this at all a surprise? #Roseanne https://t.co/d1GFdjq3sn
— Tamara (@TamIWas) May 29, 2018
Have you spoken with her, Sara? Where is your shock and anger with her? https://t.co/b4RKMNRmh4
— Tyler Curtain ?️? (@tylercurtain) May 29, 2018
— Comrade Scalawag ✊?? (@ComradeScalawag) May 29, 2018
Some people were willing to give Gilbert and the rest of the cast and crew a break:
This is a shame for all these folks like cast members and many others earning a living who had nothing to do with one person's dumb lapse of judgment. So many others end up paying a big price, even viewers who now won't have a show they really liked… https://t.co/VWgXrQnLq9
— Michael Hynum (@mikehynum) May 29, 2018
This. Roseanne was not the whole show, writers worked hard to craft a believable continuation that many fans were desperate for. Gilbert and Goodman in particular gave some amazing performances. https://t.co/gKXpsthCt8
— Brian Hurst ?? (@Hurstcules) May 29, 2018
— Danny Funaro (@Danny_Funaro) May 29, 2018
I'm so upset that this is reflecting upon you, the cast, and the crew, Sara. It's pretty obvious that her opinions are ALL hers and nobody else's. I hope nobody is personally attacking you or anyone else for the stupid things one person has to say. We know where YOU stand. ❤ https://t.co/larf7hUfNR
— libby springston ? (@imtooawkward___) May 29, 2018
Um … too late.
Roseanne Barr under fire for tweets about Valerie Jarrett and Chelsea Clinton https://t.co/vfXQ5M9pps
— Twitchy Team (@TwitchyTeam) May 29, 2018