Mini-Opinion | Disney/ABC Bigger Than Trump, Roseanne, and racism. Thank you!

 

I was always taught, “with great power comes great responsibility.” Trump and Roseanne Barr have forgotten or never learned such a simple adage, or ever lived in the Marvel universe.

Roseanne, an incorrigible Trump supporter and star of the hit television series “Roseanne” was lauded by Trump. ABC has just cancelled her. I’m sure Trump will have a tweet or two to say.

Roseanne in her arguably racist tweet crossed the line, not that of political correctness, but that of common decency. I don’t know former Obama advisor Valerie Jarrett, the subject of the tweet, but I’m sure she didn’t deserve that tweet, who does. And for want of discretion, of impulse control the Roseanne kingdom was lost.

In reference to Roseanne’s tweet, Channing Dungey of ABC Entertainment (Disney) replied, “Roseanne’s Twitter statement is abhorrent, repugnant and inconsistent with our values, and we have decided to cancel her show.”

As a film fan, I am pleasantly flubbergasted in the realization that ABC/Disney would have the courage to give up millions, if not billions of dollars associated with the Roseanne franchise. Yet, Roseanne with her fleet-footed tweet, in one fell swoop ended the hit series, and affected the careers and livelihoods of hundreds of people associated with the production. That tweet also reminded us what a ugly wound racism can be. Roseanne forgot the golden rule, to be nice to one another, tough in the current administration where Trump has free reign to use discriminatory slurs himself, such as referring to Senator Elizabeth Warren as Pocahontas, or the NFL players “SOB’s”. But wait! Isn’t Rosanne Barr the same actor who in 1990 made a mockery of America’s national anthem, then spit and grabbed her crotch as a finale? Thank goodness she didn’t kneel!

The hero here is Disney, who raised me in their world of animation and imagination. I am astonished by their integrity, and grateful that years later the movie studio of my childhood can still move us to tears, for all the right reasons. Thank you Disney.

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k.g. Sambrano is a Canadian writer known for his works of literary fiction and poetry, and is an occasional freelance political writer. His latest book, Trump- the First 365 Days: America’s Fight for America was released on February 20, 2018.

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