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5 reasons ABC’s swift cancelation of ‘Roseanne’ speaks volumes about #TimesUp

5 reasons ABC's swift cancelation of 'Roseanne' speaks volumes about #TimesUp
LOS ANGELES – MAR 23: Whitney Cummings, Michael Fishman, John Goodman, Jayden Rey, Roseanne Barr, Sara Gilbert, Sarah Chalke, Emma Kenney at the “Roseanne” Event at Disney Studios on March 23, 2018 (Photo Credit: Kathy Hutchins/

It’s a whirlwind of “Hell to the Naw Naw Naws” going around in Hollywood today. The second season of the rebooted ABC hit comedy “Roseanne” has been axed following a tweet by the show’s central character, Nazi-saluting Roseanne Barr. Wanda Sykes was not having it and #shetoo is fed up with the underlying and systemic racism in Tinseltown.

Barr went on a rant that offended Sykes. “I will not be returning to @RoseanneOnABC,” Sykes wrote in a tweet.

When the head guy at ABC got word of the incident, heads started to roll.

“Roseanne’s Twitter statement is abhorrent, repugnant and inconsistent with our values, and we have decided to cancel her show,” ABC Entertainment president Channing Dungey said Tuesday, May 29, 2018, in a statement to Hollywood Reporter.

Barr made racist comments about Valerie Jarrett, who served as senior advisor to president Barack Obama. Now deleted from her timeline, she wrote “muslim brotherhood & planet of the apes had a baby=vj”.

Sykes was well within her rights to be offended by this non-joke delivered by Barr, a seasoned comedian and actress. Sykes works with the show’s full-time writers to “punch up stories and jokes” twice a week, a job she took on because she was “a fan of the show.”

According to, “actions regarding religion, race, age, gender, or skin color can also be considered harassment if they interfere with an employee’s success or conjure a hostile work environment.”

While it was developed to banish sexual assault, harassment and inequality in the workplace, here are five reasons TIME’S UP™ is a
universal remedy in vile and racist cases like this one presented by a privileged Roseanne Barr:

Time’s Up:

1…Is an organization that insists on safe, fair and dignified work for women of all kinds.
2…Addresses the systemic inequality and injustice in the workplace that have kept underrepresented groups from reaching their full potential.
3…[advocates] No more silence.
4…[advocates] No more waiting.
5…[advocates] No more tolerance for discrimination, harassment or abuse.

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