Rev. Al Sharpton Lauds Roseanne Cancellation: ‘ABC Did the Right Thing’

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MSNBC Host Rev. Al Shaprton voiced his support for ABC and their parent company the Walt Disney Company’s decision to cancel comedian and actress Roseanne Barr’s show today after yet another one of her racist tweetstorms.

Barr, who recently become a celebrity icon for supporters of Donald Trump after she voiced support for the president and represented so-called “real Americans” on her now-cancelled show, compared ex-Obama aide Valerie Jarrett to an ape this morning by tweeting, “Muslim brotherhood & planet of the apes had a baby=vj.”

While phoning into MSNBC today, Sharpton stated that he is “pleasantly surprised
by Disney’s cancellation of Roseanne “because I think it’s important thing that we do not normalize this kind of blatant racism.”

“We’re at an age where we’re getting far too comfortable with racism and Islamophobia, both of which was in this tweet,” he added.

The reverend continued by suggesting Barr’s firing could set a positive precedent for how private entities address these racial controversies in the future:

“I think it poisons the culture when we mainstream this kind of bigotry and mainstream this kind of behave. Roseanne has the right to be a supporter of whatever politics she wants but to take this kind of obvious racial rhetoric to compare these learned, respected public servants like Valerie Jarrett to an ape reminds us all of the history of blacks being called monkeys and I think that Disney and ABC did the right thing and I think they opened the door now to see other things that they’re doing as we’re looking at Starbucks tonight and others in the private sector, that we’re saying you cannot normalize bias and bigotry.”

As for Barr’s other posts today, she pushed an anti-Aemitic conspiracy theory against billionaire activist George Soros, in which she suggested he was actually a Nazi targeting Jews in World War 2, and attacked Chelsea Clinton. After a fierce amount of backlash, Barr apologized, deleted the tweets, and announced that she is leaving Twitter, but the damage was already done, as Disney quickly announced the end of her Roseanne reboot.

Watch above, via MSNBC.

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