“Planet of the Apes” — “muslim brotherhood & planet of the apes had a baby=vj.”
It was the Tweet heard ‘round the world.
After ‘Dilbert’ creator Scott Adams’ comic of the same name was cancelled after more than 30 years for stating an unpopular opinion, many are suddenly realizing we have crossed the Rubicon; speaking your opinion out loud is dangerous. We are also reminded of how not long ago that free speech was the bastion of the college experience, and many have, and are still prepared to die on that hill.
Increasingly, we find that whether our free speech is considered as such now depends on where you stand politically.
On May 28th, 2018, Rosanne Barr was once again a household name.
After a successful stand-up comedy run, Rosanne Barr appeared on “The Tonight Show, Starring Johnny Carson”, and the rest (as they say) is history.
Before she knew it, Roseanne had a hit TV show named after her about a working class family; Dan and Rosanne Connor, her sister Jackie, and their three children, Becky, Darlene, and DJ (Dan Jr.), running from 1988 to 1997.
More than 20 years later, ABC announced that they were reviving the sitcom with the original cast members. USA Today lists the dynamics of the reboot: “Daughter Darlene (Sara Gilbert) and her two kids have moved back home, ostensibly so she can help care for her aging parents, but also because she’s struggling as a single mom. Becky — played by original actress Lecy Goranson, although “Second Becky” Sarah Chalke is back, too, as a new character — is a widow, a waitress and adrift. Son D.J. (Michael Fishman) has returned from a stint in the Army, but his wife is still overseas. And Roseanne (Roseanne Barr) and Dan (John Goodman) are just as in love and just as cynical, although Dan is no longer dead, in an undoing of the series finale.” Oh, there’s one more thing: Jackie’s a Hillary fan, and Rosanne is a Trump supporter. For lack of a better term- this was a dead show walking.
After consistently leading in the ratings, as well as providing nightly fodder for mainstream media and conservative news, with only several episodes under its belt, there were already talks of another season. However, at 1:45am on May 29th, it abruptly came to an end.
“Planet of the Apes” — “muslim brotherhood & planet of the apes had a baby=vj.”, Barr Tweeted, referencing Valerie Jarrett, former Senior advisor for ex-President Barack Obama.
Within hours, the Twitter verse, the Metaverse, the Instaverse and every other verse was on fire. Words like “racist” and “Islamophobic” were everywhere, and the backlash was like a tidal wave against a sheet of Kleenex.
After Rosanne realized the seriousness of her statement, she did all she could to address it- even apologizing to
Jarrett. “@ValerieJarrett I want to apologize to you,” in an article from Closer Weekly. “I am very sorry to have hurt you. I hope you can accept this sincere apology!” The article continues, “Valerie also responded to the controversy, calling Roseanne’s comments a teaching moment.
“I’m fine. I’m worried about all the people out there who don’t have a circle of friends and followers who come right to their defense,” she said on MSNBC. “The person who is walking down the street minding their own business and they see somebody cling to their purse, or run across the street, or every black parent I know who has a boy who has to sit down and have a conversation — the talk — as we call it. As you say, those ordinary examples of racism that happen every single day.”
Unfortunately, Rosanne had no idea that Jarret (who was not black but appeared to be) was still a part of the inner circle, i.e. ‘the untouchable Empire.’ Regardless of her claim of being on Ambien at the time, her apology to Jarrett and others, even deleting her Tweet, Barr’s hit show was immediately cancelled. The day her show was taken off the air, ABC (who owned all the rights) even removed the reruns; clearly an attempt to send a message: we can erase you.
What’s the deal, Lucille?
While the MSM pundits and Leftist media personalities have since found a new flavor of the day, and the reruns
have subsequently returned, we should now be asking, ‘what happened?’. Aside from all the storm-like clouds of rhetoric, Rosanne Barr is a comedian.
Like others in her line of work, comedians tend to automatically target famous people, movie stars, and those in politics. Once upon a time in the comedic universe, every topic, every situation and every person was fair game, barring incidents involving death, tragedy, or human suffering.
In recent years, however, the Woke empire has become a large part of that, “no fly zone,” and has changed
both the landscape and the playing field. Unfortunately, to quote author and filmmaker Dinesh D’Souza, “When you strike at the Empire- the Empire strikes back.”
As reported in a 2019 Fox News article, Barr claimed that former first lady Michelle Obama was responsible for her show’s abrupt cancellation:
“The hit reboot of “Roseanne” was famously canceled in May 2018 after Barr, 66, posted a series of tweets deemed racist and Islamophobic, including one likening former President Barack Obama’s aide Valerie Jarrett to someone from “Planet of the Apes” and the Islamic Brotherhood.” Barr initially took responsibility for the remark, which she has alternately blamed on using Ambien and supporting President Trump, but now she believes the former first lady is behind her getting the reboot the boot.
“[Obama] said, ‘This tweet is unforgivable.’ That’s what I was told and I tend to believe it, because the woman who fired me is now working with the Obamas at Netflix,” Barr fumed to The Sunday Times (via The Sun). Barr appeared to be referring to Channing Dungey, the former ABC Entertainment president responsible for canceling “Roseanne.”
Netflix hired her late last year to work on original programming, including content from the Obamas’ Higher Ground Productions.”
After years of fighting to regain her name and reputation, that battle is mostly over. The reruns are all back (and available), Barr has redeemed herself and her name, and she recently completed a Fox Nation stand-up performance entitled, “Cancel This!” in front of a sold-out audience. With a net worth of more than $80 million, this comedian got the last laugh.
As far as the fans go, those who loved and respected her, and those who hated her and always will, remain in their collective camps. Nevertheless, despite the attacks that come her way, Rosanne has always been and continues to be- Rosanne.
To say that your free speech has a shelf-life is an understatement. Depending on where you get your news, the mediaverse is rife with numerous examples of this “anti-1st amendment epidemic.” If you haven’t been shouted down, attacked, blocked, unfriended, ostracized, ignored, shunned, ex-communicated, or just plain cut-off for simply stating your honest opinion, don’t worry- your turn is coming.
If you think it can’t happen to you, either they have you fooled, or you are fooling yourself; because it IS coming. It is not a matter of if, but rather a matter of when.