Canceling Roseanne Barr’s show after her highly racist tweet comparing an Obama aide to an ape was the only right call, believes Bill Keveney of USA Today. Even though the show had great potential, expertly handling the subject of politics and social division within the setting of a family, it had to be ended. Although ABC’s decision is likely to be influenced by sponsors that were going to leave, this was the correct choice. Barr had a bad habit of saying controversial things, vowing to be more careful after the backlash, and then saying something offensive again. The success of her show went to her head, which is a pity as it was highly enjoyable.
Roseanne Barr’s tweet comparing an Obama staffer to an ape was despicable and worthy of punishment, but ABC should not have canceled her show, argues Ernest Owens for CNN. Other series like House of Cards or Lethal Weapon have shown that it is possible to ax a character for misdeeds without needing to kill the whole show. Cancelling Roseanne is a punishment for the rest of the cast and production team, many of which have distanced themselves from her comments. The show’s ability to address uncomfortable topics could be focused on this issue. Roseanne’s own racist comments could be analyzed in a future episode.