The divisiveness of all “Roseanne” and the responsibility of being a public figure

Roseanne Barr tweeted something disgusting and racist and ABC prompty cancelled her revival sitcom.

Okay, now that you’re caught up…

To some people (actually most people unfortunately) politics is more about faith than it is about facts.

Roseanne Barr was never the kind of person to shy away from giving her political opinion, no matter how controversial or atypical to left-leaning Hollywood.

When the show came back it was sold as a “middle-America” show that highlighted the ever-widening bipartisan polarization in the United States.

Especially after an exhausting 2017 election had both democrats and republicans put up their most divisive candidates.

In theory, this sounds good. We all have family members from all sides of the political spectrum – we can relate to that.

The issue is, however, that this show along with mainstream media paints America as a 50/50 split between the prominent political parties when 60% of registered voters are independents.

Riding this divisive train has proven an easy, yet effective way for multimedia corporations to turn a quick profit. People will watch if they’re scared or pissed off.

The tweet was alarming, but not only that, it was irresponsible considering the jobs lost due to the show’s prompt cancellation.

In a perfect world ABC could compensate the rest of the cast and crew with the budget that was set aside for the renewal. I’m sure actors like Goodman and Metcalf will survive, but the below-the-line crew may struggle.

We know celebrities and public figures are compensated heavily when they receive the distinction. Unfortunately there are additional strings attached and responsibilities that need upheld.

Watching your behavior on social media, on set, and in public is a small price to pay for the level of compensation and fame they receive.

Same goes for the despicable assholes coming after the victims of Kevin Spacey’s sexual advances. It was Spacey who decided “House of Cards” would end (or suffer) when he choose to sexually harass people – blame him.

Roseanne Barr wasn’t the hero middle American conservatives needed. In a time of divisiveness we need to find middle ground, but that can’t happen while shows profit of the division.

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