May 30, 2018

Right-Wing Media Rally Behind Roseanne

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By Jared Holt / 05.29.2018

Roseanne Barr, the actress who has become a favorite of the right-wing pro-Trump movement for her role in promoting laughably untrue conspiracy theories as well as her undying support for President Trump, was fired from ABC today in response to public outrage over a blatantly racist tweet she posted.

Barr threw a racist insult at former Obama White House advisor Valerie Jarrett on Twitter this morning, claiming Jarrett is what would happen if “muslim brotherhood & planet of the apes had a baby.”

The internet rightfully exploded in outrage over the unabashed racism, so much so that Barr issued a public apology and said that she was going to stop using Twitter. But hours later, ABC announced that it was canceling Barr’s recently revived show. ABC Entertainment president Channing Dungey told CBS News, “”Roseanne’s Twitter statement is abhorrent, repugnant and inconsistent with our values, and we have decided to cancel her show.”

Aside from today’s casual racism, Barr has also been a vocal supporter of the “#QAnon” conspiracy theory, which alleges that a high-ranking intelligence sources have been ordered by Trump to publish a series of riddles on anonymous image boards that supposedly reveal that Robert Mueller’s investigation into possible foreign interference in the 2016 election is actually a secret mission to dismantle a global satanic pedophile ring.

Despite all of this, right-wing media figures charged into the arena to defend Barr and attack liberals who they believe unfairly criticized her racist tweet.

Fox News radio host Todd Starnes sent a snarky message alleging that conservative women are disparaged by Hollywood:

Alex Jones, the conspiracy theorist leading Infowars, quickly invited Barr on his show:

Turning Point USA president Charlie Kirk compared Barr to MSNBC host Joy Reid, who was forced to apologize for anti-LGBTQ blog posts she had written years ago:

Conspiracy theorist and “Pizzagate” promoter David Seaman’s Fulcrum News said that Barr’s cancellation proved that media companies are “proven enemies of the American people”:

Ted Nugent, an NRA board member, called people upset by Barr’s tweet “lying dishonest soulless freaks from Planet of the Apes”:

CRTV host and hate group leader Gavin McInnes expressed disbelief that anyone would interpret Barr’s tweet to be racist:

Pro-Trump pundit Jack Posobiec told his followers to contact ABC “immediately if you want Roseanne back on the air” before suggesting that Barr explore another business venture:

Trump-loving sycophant and radio host Bill Mitchell said he didn’t understand why Barr’s tweet was racist in the first place before he posted his own racist tweet of his own:

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