Roseanne Barr is the popular comedian who lost her hit sitcom after tweeting a racist comment about a former advisor to Barack Obama. She has aimed at ABC and Jimmy Kimmel over their handling of blackface. In her new stand-up special Cancel This!, Barr claims that ABC executives are hypocritical for firing her. Meanwhile, the network continues to employ stars who have appeared in blackface.

Planet Of The Apes, Who?

The controversy began in 2018 when Barr tweeted a racist comment about Valerie Jarrett, a former advisor to President Obama. She compared her to a character from Planet of the Apes. The tweet sparked outrage and led to the cancellation of her show, Roseanne. The show had just been renewed for a second season. The Tweet since then has been deleted.

Roseanne Barr Tweet
Roseanne Barr’s deleted Tweet

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In her new stand-up special, Barr criticizes ABC for handling the situation. The comedian suggests that she could have kept her job if she apologized on ABC shows where hosts had appeared in blackface. She mentions Jimmy Kimmel, who has come under fire for his past use of blackface in comedy sketches.

Barr suggests that Kimmel and other ABC hosts who have worn blackface were not fired for their actions. This is despite the fact that they were equally offensive.

“Surely, they didn’t get fired for that sh*t. And they’ll understand when people do something really stupid.”

Barr’s comments are surprising, given the severity of her offense. Many people believe that her tweet was blatantly racist and warranted the cancellation of her show. However, Barr seems to believe that her punishment was too severe and that other stars who have done similarly offensive things have been treated more leniently.

Barr’s comments also add spice to an ongoing debate about the use of blackface in comedy. Some argue that blackface is unacceptable, as it is inherently racist and offensive. Those who argue that context matters assert that blackface can serve a satirical purpose, allowing for commentary on racial issues.

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Jimmy Kimmel Is Apologetic

Kimmel has apologized for his past use of blackface, which occurred in sketches during his time as a host on The Man Show. In one sketch, Kimmel impersonated NBA player Karl Malone in blackface. Kimmel has since said that he regrets the sketches and understands why they were offensive.

Jimmy Kimmel impersonates NBA player Karl Malone in blackface.

Barr’s comments are surprising, given her history of making inflammatory remarks. She has a long history of making controversial comments. The comedian’s Twitter feed is filled with tweets that many people consider offensive. Critics have accused Barr of promoting conspiracy theories, making racist comments, and endorsing far-right political views.

Roseanne Barr Accused Of Anti-Semitism

Barr has also faced accusations of anti-Semitism, which she has denied. She has suggested that ABC canceled her show because she believes that she supported Israel and criticized George Soros, a billionaire philanthropist often the target of anti-Semitic conspiracy theories.

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Barr’s comments about blackface are just the latest controversy surrounding the comedian. However, they have sparked an important debate about using blackface in comedy and the double standards that seem to exist when punishing offensive behavior.

Jimmy Kimmel and Roseanne Barr
Jimmy Kimmel and Roseanne Barr

Some argue that Barr is right to call out ABC for its handling of the situation. They believe that if Kimmel and other hosts didn’t get fired for their past use of blackface, then Barr should not have been fired for her tweet. Others argue that the situations are different and that Barr’s tweet was more offensive than Kimmel or others have done.

Source: Page Six

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