“Roseanne” without the Barr

By Michael Urbanec

The cast of “Roseanne” is no longer out of work after the show’s cancellation May 29 at the hands of its star Roseanne Barr’s outrageous Twitter attacks.

ABC announced Friday the decision to create a spinoff of “Roseanne called “The Conners.” It will continue to follow the Conner family minus Roseanne Barr, who cost the “Roseanne” reboot its spot after a Twitter rant against Barack Obama’s former senior adviser Valerie Jarrett, comparing her to an ape. ABC was quick to cancel the show and rid themselves of connections to the controversy.

“The Conners’ stories demonstrate how families can always find common ground through conversation, laughter and love. The spinoff will continue to portray contemporary issues as relevant today as they were 30 years ago,” ABC said in a press release.

The cast from the initial reboot will return to their original roles without Barr. “Roseanne’s” reboot was watched by 17.7 million people and 18.6 million people in its first two episodes, according to Deadline.

The show had a willing audience who was prepared to catch up with the Conner family after more than 20 years off the air, and had Barr been able to keep her head on straight, she would have once again been part of a prime time television staple.

Barr has been very open about her support of President Donald Trump, taking to Twitter to call out her own perceived injustices. She left Twitter after her tirade against Jarrett, but returned just a few hours later.

While Barr is willing to accept the show’s demise as her fault, her Twitter usage has not calmed nor has she shown any sense of self awareness in her new ramblings.

As of June 23, Barr’s use of social media has not appeared to calm down, calling out liberals as anti-semitic and accusing the media of leading a propaganda campaign. Barr did release a statement of apology on Twitter to the writers, actors and anyone she may have offended.

“I just wish ABC had not thrown two of the greatest actors in the world out with me– Laurie and John,” Barr tweeted on May 31. “I’m so sick over this- they will never have better character actors on their network.”

Barr also called on America to “take the Red Pill,” an opposition stance to feminism promoting misogyny with a strong connection to alt-right ideology. A further stroll through her Twitter past finds memes calling Valerie Jarrett “pure evil” and accusing Democrats of being complicit in a massive child trafficking ring.

Remaining in the public eye can be a struggle, but to align with an ideology entrenched in hate and expect no backlash is delusional, and to refer to any human being as an “ape” is appalling. The rest of the cast being allowed to keep their jobs is a miracle; hopefully ABC keeps Barr away from the reboot.