The Vilification of Roseanne Barr
The Vilification of Roseanne Barr
The Vilification of Roseanne Barr

Warning: some people may find the following highly offensive, re-imagining Roseanne's vilification with the trial of Jesus before Pilate. But there are some very important points here that are impossible to ignore.
Disclaimer: This re-imagination takes the view that at least one of the ABC executives was supportive of Roseanne. It is possible that none of them were.

The Vilification of Roseanne Barr

In the middle of the night the ABC executive have been asked to gather at the entrance of their official headquarters to hear some complaints about one of their show's main star. When they arrive they find an ugly mob has gathered there and they have Roseanne Barr. Some weird form of politically correct paranoia has gripped the nation and anyone suspected of the slightest infraction is being rounded up by the local PC police and taken to various locations to determine what punishment should be meted out to them. After listening to the mob leaders' complaints about Roseanne, one of the ABC executives decides to speak.

ABC executive [to angry mob]: So you people have brought before us Roseanne Barr on the charge of being a racist and want her removed from her show. Why do you think she is a racist?

Angry mob leaders: If this person was not racist we would not have brought this accusation to you.

ABC executive [to Roseanne]: do you hear what these people are saying about you. What do you have to say?

Roseanne [a bit lost for words]: [silence]

ABC executive [to angry mob]: I will interrogate her myself.

then takes Roseanne aside and has a long interrogation. Some witnesses are also questioned.
The ABC executive and Roseanne then return to the waiting mob.

ABC executive [to angry mob]: I have not found this person guilty of the charge of being a racist. She says she is not a racist. One of her co-stars has said that he knows for a fact that she is not a racist. And she has said that she did not even know the race of the person she made a silly comment about. This would be very highly unlikely if she was a racist and it was a racist comment. She made a silly comment. And she has apologized and asked for forgiveness. Again, a racist person would not do this but probably say something like "Oh yeah? Well I also think blah blah blah..." If Roseanne is guilty of anything it is of stupidity. Therefore we will chastise her and let her remain on her show.

Angry mob: Vilify her! Vilify her! Cancel her show!

Then Peter came up and said to him, "Lord, how often shall my brother sin against me, and I forgive him? As many as seven times?"
Jesus said to him, "I do not say to you seven times, but seventy times seven.
Matthew 18:21,22 RSV.

Now it was the time of the World Series and the ABC had a custom each year for them to continue for the people any show that may be due for cancellation which they wanted. The ABC executive remembered that they had a very notorious show called The View which was well known for its insulting comments and religious intolerance and thought to himself, surely this will save Roseanne.

ABC executive [to angry mob]: You know at this time of year it is our custom to continue one show at your request. We have another show here, The View, which is well known for its insulting comments and religious intolerance. Which show would you have us continue? The View? or Roseanne?

But the PC police and the leaders stirred up the mob to have them choose The View and to have Roseanne's show cancelled.

ABC executive [to angry mob]: Do you want us to continue Roseanne's show?

Some voices in the crowd: we want Roseanne. we want Roseanne. keep her on.
but were quickly drowned out by the angry mob: We want The View! We want The View to continue! Give us The View!

ABC executive [to angry mob]: What shall I do then with Roseanne?

Angry mob: Away with her! Cancel her show! Vilify her! Vilify her!

ABC executive [to angry mob]: Why? What wrong thing has she done?

Angry mob: Vilify her! Vilify her!

ABC executive [thinking to save Roseanne one more time]: I have found no cause for vilification. We will therefore chastise her and let her stay on her show.

Angry mob leaders: if you do not cancel her show you are not Disney's friend! Any star who makes racist comments like her sets themself up against Disney!

At this point the ABC executive orders Roseanne to be placed in front of the angry mob for them to look at.

ABC executive [to angry mob]: Behold your star!

Angry mob: Away with her! Away with her! Vilify her!

ABC executive [to angry mob]: shall I vilify your star? Don't you know that according to the data from Nielsen, Roseanne's show was the most watched show for 2018! Again, shall I vilify your star?

Angry mob: we have no star but Disney! Away with her! Away with her! We want The View!

Then the ABC executive, seeing that he could not dissuade the angry mob but that rather a riot was beginning, took a bowl of water and washed his hands in front of them all and said:
I am innocent of this decision being made against Roseanne. See you to it.

Then the ABC executive turns to another: Centurion Dungey. Give them what they want.

And when ye stand praying, forgive, if ye have ought against any: that your Father also which is in heaven may forgive you your trespasses.
But if ye do not forgive, neither will your Father which is in heaven forgive your trespasses.
Mark 11:25,26 KJV.

And as in the trial of Jesus the sure result will follow. Approximately 40 years later the Romans attacked Jerusalem and the temple was razed to the ground and the city was destroyed.

Romans attacking Jerusalem

Is the United States still the land of the free or can anyone now be in danger of becoming a social pariah, an outcast to be shunned and loathed and hated for just the smallest mistake? And there appears to be no forgiveness anymore. And just what possible repercussions could this have for the future?

If only the ABC could have taken Jesus' advice in this matter this sad state of affairs may not have come to pass.

Text in pic:
Roseanne Barr depicted in the closing scene from "Planet of the Apes" (1968) as the Statue of Liberty holding a tablet on which is inscribed "FREE SPEECH." Charlton Heston kneeling on beach on all fours is depicted as Uncle Sam exclaiming bitterly "YOU MANIACS ... DAMN YOU ALL TO HELL!!!" with his girl draped in a torn U.S. flag holding on to horse.
A dramatic line displaying along the base of the pic reads:
"Whoever would overthrow the liberty of a nation must begin by subduing the freeness of speech."—Benjamin Franklin.

If everyone in the United States was put off work for making abhorrent and repugnant comments about politicians, the entire workforce would probably be depleted by approximately 40%.*
* This is just a guess. It could actually be much higher.

References:

Pics:
Roseanne Barr Planet of the Apes
Sean Delonas 07-28-2017
Romans attacking Jerusalem:
http://clipart.christiansunite.com/

This is the woman who canceled 'Roseanne,' ABC's first African-American woman president
"Roseanne's Twitter statement is abhorrent, repugnant and inconsistent with our values, and we have decided to cancel her show," Channing Dungey, ABC Entertainment Group's executive president, said in a statement Tuesday.
https://www.cnbc.com/2018/05/30/abcs-channing-dungey-is-the-woman-who-canceled-roseanne.html

Just a day after Roseanne Barr's ABC show Roseanne was cancelled over a racist tweet about Valerie Jarrett, the former television star has tweeted a defence of herself saying she is "not a racist".
https://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/americas/roseanne-cancelled-racist-tweets-twitter-valerie-jarrett-obama-trump-abc-a8376616.html

TV's Roseanne says tweet 'cost me everything' but wasn't racist
Barr said in an hour-long television interview ... that her May tweet was political in nature, not racist.
"I was so sad that people thought it was racist," Barr told Fox News host Sean Hannity.
"I made a mistake obviously. It cost me everything, my life's work. And I paid the price for it. But no, I did not know she (Jarrett) was black," she said.
The rambling interview also covered Barr's mental health, her Jewish upbringing, and her views on Trump, who the actress has said she voted for in the 2016 presidential elections.
I am not a racist ...
https://www.cnbc.com/2018/07/27/tvs-roseanne-says-tweet-cost-me-everything-but-wasnt-racist.html

Roseanne Barr has apologised to Valerie Jarrett for a recent controversial tweet, saying she had been "unclear" and "stupid" on Twitter. She said she is "not a racist".
She also said she "did not know [Jarrett] was a black woman."
The interview was facilitated by Barr's close friend Rabbi Shmuley Boteach. The podcast - described as "Roseanne Barr on Repentance, Jewish Values, and the Pain We Cause Others" - dealt extensively with her dedication to the Jewish faith.
https://www.irishtimes.com/culture/tv-radio-web/roseanne-barr-apology-i-did-not-know-valerie-jarrett-was-black-1.3543018

I apologize to Valerie Jarrett and to all Americans. 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.
— Roseanne Barr (@therealroseanne) 29 May 2018
https://thebigsmoke.com.au/2018/05/30/lessons-of-the-very-public-twitter-trial-of-roseanne-barr-twitter/

At one point, Hannity asked what Barr would say to Jarrett if she could talk to her directly.
"If she's watching," Barr said, turning directly to the camera, "I'm so sorry that you thought I was racist and that you thought my tweet was racist, because it wasn't, it was political. And I'm sorry for the misunderstanding that caused my ill-worded tweet. And I'm sorry that you feel harmed and hurt. And I never meant that, and for that I apologize. I never meant to hurt anybody, or say anything negative about an entire race of people, which I think 30 years of my work can attest to."
"Plus I'll tell her, she's got to get a new haircut," Barr added. "Seriously. She needs a new haircut."
https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/reliable-source/wp/2018/07/26/roseanne-barr-on-her-valerie-jarrett-tweet-i-was-so-sad-that-people-thought-it-was-racist/?utm_term=.942a672bca81

30 years? Seriously? Think about that. Stephen.

John Goodman ... who plays Barr's husband, Dan, in the show ...
ET spoke with Barr last month, when she teared up over Goodman's public support of her. The actor has thanked Barr for signing off her rights so the spinoff could continue, and recently told the Sunday Times that he knows "for a fact that she's not a racist."
https://www.etonline.com/roseanne-barrs-former-co-stars-reveal-how-they-learned-about-her-racist-tweet-110847

Roseanne Was 2018's Most-Watched TV Series, Averaging 20 Million Viewers
Roseanne's brief, controversial return to the airwaves this spring ended in disaster, but not before making enough of a splash that the revived sitcom turned out to be 2018's most-watched series in total viewers, according to new data from Nielsen.
Among regularly scheduled prime-time shows, Roseanne was No. 1 (ABC, 20.0 million), edging out Sunday Night Football (NBC, 19.6 million). The rest of the top 10: The Big Bang Theory (CBS, 18.3 million), NCIS (CBS, 16.7 million), This Is Us (NBC, 16.6 million), Young Sheldon (CBS, 15.7 million), Manifest (NBC, 14.6 million), The Good Doctor (ABC, 14.5 million), America's Got Talent (NBC, 14.3 million) and Bull (CBS, 13.5 million).
Most of the year's most-watched series also ended up among the top time-shifted shows, by difference in audience between live and live-plus-7. Roseanne was again on top with 10.7 million, followed by This Is Us (8.7 million), Manifest (8.6 million), The Big Bang Theory (8.4 million), The Good Doctor (8.2 million), NCIS (6.8 million), NBC's New Amsterdam (6.6 million), Young Sheldon (6.3 million), Fox's 911 (6.1 million). AMC's The Walking Dead (6.0 million), the only cable entry on the list, rounded out the top 10.
https://www.adweek.com/tv-video/roseanne-was-2018s-most-watched-tv-series-averaging-20-million-viewers/

Ms Jarrett said on Tuesday that Disney chief executive Bob Iger called her before ABC revealed the show's cancellation.
https://www.irishtimes.com/culture/tv-radio-web/donald-trump-wades-into-roseanne-barr-tweet-controversy-1.3513515

"Bob Iger of ABC called Valerie Jarrett to let her know that 'ABC does not tolerate comments like those' made by Roseanne Barr," Trump tweeted. "Gee, he never called President Donald J. Trump to apologize for the HORRIBLE statements made and said about me on ABC. Maybe I just didn't get the call?"
The president is pointing to the hypocrisy in the media saying the most horrible things about this president and nobody addresses it," she said. ... Where was the apology for Kathy Griffin going on a profane rant against the president on 'The View' after a photo showed her holding President Trump's decapitated head? ... This is a double standard that the president is speaking about.
She [Roseanne] also retweeted a long post by Michael Fishman, who played her son, D.J. In his tweet, the actor bemoaned the impact of Barr's words on the cast and crew and said the show's story lines were often about inclusiveness. "i created the platform for that inclusivity and you know it. ME," Barr wrote. "You throw me under the bus. nice!"
https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/reliable-source/wp/2018/05/30/roseanne-barr-lashes-out-at-co-stars-blames-wanda-sykes-you-throw-me-under-the-bus/?noredirect=on&utm_term=.974ccf294b71

Jarrett, who currently serves on the board of Ariel Capital Management Holdings and is a senior adviser to the Obama Foundation, told MSNBC that she thinks "we have to turn it into a teaching moment."
"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.
https://www.nbcchicago.com/news/local/roseanne-reboot-abc-canceled-valerie-jarrett-tweet-cast-reacts-483965051.html

Siege of Jerusalem (70 CE)
The account of Josephus described Titus as moderate in his approach and, after conferring with others, ordering that the 500-year-old Temple be spared. According to Josephus, it was the Jews who first used fire in the Northwest approach to the Temple to try and stop Roman advances. Only then did Roman soldiers set fire to an apartment adjacent to the Temple, a conflagration which the Jews subsequently made worse.
[Titus] Caesar gave orders that they should now demolish the entire city and Temple, but should leave as many of the towers standing as they were of the greatest eminence; ...
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Siege_of_Jerusalem_(70_CE)

The Second Temple was destroyed in 70 CE, and the entire city was destroyed in the war. The contemporary Jewish historian Josephus wrote that the city "was so thoroughly razed to the ground by those that demolished it to its foundations, that nothing was left that could ever persuade visitors that it had once been a place of habitation."
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jerusalem

And Jesus said to him, "Do you see these great buildings? There will not be left here one stone upon another, that will not be thrown down." Mark 13:2 RSV.


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