Roseanne Reboot Is Dead Will Real Time with Bill Maher Be Next Reason Roundup

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Roseanne Reboot Is Dead Will Real Time with Bill Maher Be Next Reason Roundup

Nancy Rivera / Splash News/NewscomCensors against censorship. ABC's decision to drop the wildly successful new reboot of Roseanne has spawned a social-media race to the bottom from outraged-about-liberal-outrage conservatives. The network's move comes in the wake of series star and creator Roseanne Barr making what appeared to be racist remarks about former Obama staffer Valerie Jarrett. Roseanne said Jarrett was like a cross between "the Muslim brotherhood and Planet of the Apes."

Ignoring the long and ugly history of white people describing black people as simians, prominent #MAGA cheerleaders began pretending the offensive part of Roseanne's statement was simply a matter of any person describing any other person as an ape. Armed with this self-serving interpretation, folks like Turning Point USA leader Charlie Kirk began pouting about a 2014 joke by Bill Maher on his HBO series.

In a segment discussing Donald Trump's insistence that then-President Obama was foreign born, Maher had joked that he would pay Trump $5 million to prove that he hadn't been born to an orangutan.

Led by Kirk, Twitter conservatives began calling for Maher's show to be canceled along with Roseanne. The idea seemed to be based on a theory that this would make liberals see the error of their outrage-mongering ways. But the general tenor of liberal responses was more one of eyerolling amusement.

Some pointed out why Barr's and Maher's comments were not alike. Others noted that ABC and HBO are very different outlets and argued that it's silly to see ideological bias in the different business decisions they respectively make. But the biggest refrain from liberals was, more or less: "Great!" The host hasn't been a darling of Democrats and progressives for quite some time.


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Date Posted: Wed, 30 May 2018, 02:41 pm

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