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Local leaders react to Roseanne's racist tweet

Posted at 10:10 PM, May 29, 2018
and last updated 2018-05-30 01:21:29-04

The hit show Roseanne has now been canceled by ABC Network after racist rant

More than 18 million viewers tuned into the reboot of Roseanne on ABC. Roseanne was known for her jokes but her tweet on Monday night was no laughing matter. 

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The tweet, "Muslim brotherhood & planet of the apes had a baby = vj" 

VJ was referring to Former Barrack Obama Senior aide Valerie Jarrett who is a black woman.

The tweet caused outrage from many twitter users which then lead the network to shut the show down. 

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"ABC canceling that program is sending a message that they're not going to tolerate it and this is what happens when you go to far," says Grace Temple Baptist Church Pastor, Grady Scott 

Pastor Scott says, this tweet wasn't funny and people shouldn't be encouraged to do things that are like this. "sometimes people who are in positions like Roseanne and other positions like leadership have to be careful that what they say does not hurt. It's bad being offended but it's painful with your words."

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The Tucson Jewish Community Center says their program is inclusive for all. "That was a decision that ABC made because of whatever business model that they had - we here want to have a community for all and that's probably what they're saying as well," says JCC CEO, Todd Rockeff. 

Muslim Advocates say the cancellation was the right decision but they're calling out ABC saying they gave her a platform to begin with and they knew exactly who they were bringing on. 

Stating Roseanne has a track record of bigotry to many groups including Muslims and LGBTQ community. 

They say in quote, "While we are relieved by this decision and think it sends a strong message against bigotry, ABC's main mistake was elevating and validating her bigotry in the first place."

While Roseanne apologized in a tweet, "I am truly sorry for making a bad joke about her politics and her looks. i should have known better. forgive me-my joke was in bad taste."




Many say, the damage was already done. 

Roseanne was set to begin shooting Season 2 but production has been stopped. 

Recent tweets from Roseanne after cancelation. She tells followers to not defend her because what she did was unforgivable. 





In one tweet - Roseanne tells followers to not boycott ABC Network. 

Roseanne continues her tweet storm by telling followers that she will handle her "sadness the way she wants to."

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