The short-lived revival of 90s hit sitcom Roseanne has been surrounded by a media firestorm. Even the show’s cast are dishing on their thoughts regarding the tense situation.
A surprise hit for ABC, the revival of Roseanne saw the Connor family back in full force. With unique social commentary and a comedy style that resonated with fans from various walks of life, the show did big numbers in ratings and seemed like money from the start.
But the start was about as far as the show got – following a controversial Tweet where the title actress Roseanne Barr compared a former Obama administration advisor to a product of the Muslim Brotherhood and the Planet of the Apes, the show was quickly pulled from the air and Barr received condemnation from all sides.
Sara Gilbert, who plays Roseanne’s on-screen daughter Darlene, recently spoke about the show and the decision by network execs to end it. She said: “I’m proud of the show we made. Roseanne has always been about diversity, love and inclusion, and its sad to see it end this way. I’m sad for the people who lost their jobs in the process. However, I do stand behind the decision that ABC made.”
While the network is making a smart move to distance itself from Barr, the rest of the show’s cast and crew are unfortunately out of a job. That is, unless the rumors are true and the show is revived (again). This time, however, Gilbert’s character would be the focal point.
As for where Barr goes following her social media blunder, it’s anyone’s guest. She was scheduled to make an appearance on the Joe Rogan Experience podcast the week after her show’s cancellation. But the actress cancelled, and Rogan let his followers know that she wasn’t doing well, and he had decided to stop pursuing her for an interview, at least for the time being.
There is one interesting upside to Barr’s situation, if it can be called an upside at all. Barr’s Twitter has seen a leap in followers. She went from about 646,000 to 878,000, a 35.9 percent gain in a short time. No doubt this was due to curious parties waiting to see if Barr followed up with any additional insensitive tweets or any type of explanation for her actions.
The jump in followers could’ve also came from fan efforts to help build support from her. While their efforts are admirable, even Barr said she didn’t want people defending her. After initially claiming she was “Ambien tweeting,” she has stayed around on the platform despite throwing around the idea of leaving multiple times.
Barr’s history on Twitter has come under scrutiny, with some claiming her series-ending post was just one of many that could be deemed offensive and racially charged. It’s a big loss for the network on one hand, but a huge statement at the same time. At least when it comes to Barr, the network isn’t prepared to tolerate insensitivity no matter how much money it could make them.