Applaud ABC for Cancelling “Roseanne” After Star’s Racist Remarks

Target: Channing Dungey, President of ABC Entertainment

Goal: Continue to hold a high standard for professionalism regarding race.

Actress Roseanne Barr recently took to Twitter to compare former Obama advisor Valerie Jarrett to an ape. Barr tweeted of Jarrett: “muslim brotherhood & planet of the apes had a baby=vj.” Considering Jarrett’s identity as a black woman, these comments were especially inappropriate and racist. ABC announced that it would be cancelling the hit sitcom “Roseanne,” in which Barr stars, as a result of her “abhorrent” comments.

Although Barr has created a successful television career that included record ratings for her show’s debut and a congratulatory call from the president, she has frequently been criticized for using social media to present her opinion in inappropriate ways that often provoke or attack others. Channing Dungey, president of ABC Entertainment, said in a statement that “Roseanne’s Twitter statement is abhorrent, repugnant, and inconsistent with our values, and we have decided to cancel her show.”

Sign this petition to show your support for ABC’s decision to cancel Barr’s show and encourage the network to continue to hold a high standard for professionalism, especially regarding race.


Dear Mr. Dungey,

Roseanne Barr recently took to Twitter to compare Valerie Jarrett to an ape. Although Barr has stated that this was a joke, I stand strongly with your decision to cancel Barr’s hit show, “Rosanne.” Comments like these are detrimental to society, provoking, and hurtful. I urge you to continue to hold the employees of ABC Entertainment to a high standard of professionalism both on and off the screen.


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  1. teresa romero says:

    What a joke! … congratulations ABC!

  2. gen agustsson says:

    stop racism. how would you compare a human with an ape? thats speciesism than racism.

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