CNN’s Van Jones said this afternoon he was surprised that ABC was so quick to condemn Roseanne Barr today.
Roseanne returned to ABC this year after two decades off the air, but only a few hours after Barr’s racist tweet about former Obama advisor Valerie Jarrett today, the network cancelled it, even though they had ordered a second season for the revival already.
Jones called into CNN and told Brooke Baldwin, “Some things apparently are more important than money, even to a big corporation like ABC-Disney, and that is very heartening.”
“It is in fact important that red-state America be better represented in the media,” Jones acknowledged, “but they can have a better representative than a rank bigot who is a conspiracy theorist and who is trashing good people in this country.”
He also defended Jarrett before saying ABC’s move is an encouraging sign:
“I thought she was probably gonna get away with it. I was as shocked as anybody else when there was actually consequences. Consequences for racism in America? I think you’re starting to see now––whether it’s Starbucks and what they did today… or ABC-Disney, it could be that this moral collapse inside our political system, and especially inside the White House, is being counterbalanced now.”
The condemnation of Barr went as high up as Disney Chairman and CEO Bob Iger, tweeting, “There was only one thing to do here, and that was the right thing.”
Watch above, via CNN.
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