Al Sharpton applauds ABC for cancelling 'Roseanne' for calling Obama advisor an ape

ABC has pulled the plug on "Roseanne."

“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 in a statement.

This all started when the Trump supporter and ABC star fired off a racist tweet suggesting that former Barack Obama adviser Valerie Jarrett is an ape, reports BuzzFeed.

"muslim brotherhood & planet of the apes had a baby=vj,” Barr tweeted in response to a post about Jarrett.

Barr attacked Jarrett, an African American woman who was born in Iran, in response to an article which unsubstantiated claims that former President Obama spied on the President of France. Barr’s Muslim comment toward Jarrett follows the thought process of conservatives who tried to unsuccessfully assert that Jarrett was behind a secret push to make America a “more Islamic country.” According to the fact-checking website, Snopes, that claim is “false.”

Stars reach to the show's cancellation: 

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Here here!! Take stands against racism, hatred, and revolting displays of bigotry. No room for any of that shit her… https://t.co/wTQSFwddWU
Thank you Channing Dungey! https://t.co/VIlKTF9y7Z
Thank you, @ABCNetwork for doing the right thing and for showing people that bigotry and racism has consequences. N… https://t.co/9BWKIyKsmc
So proud of @ABCNetwork for having the ethical compunction to cancel #Rosanne despite the show’s huge numbers. We t… https://t.co/WLJD2AmM1I
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I am repulsed that Valerie Jarret had that racist and bigoted "joke" made at her expense and I am sickened that any… https://t.co/UmeJ0a1sBB
But honestly she got what she deserved. As I tell my 4 year old, one makes a choice with one’s actions. Roseanne… https://t.co/os90iHKQn9
I'm glad Roseanne is canceled. The backlash to its cancellation is going to be a deafening nightmare. Nothing go… https://t.co/CEFBBzkckm
Thank you @iamwandasykes . She is a fascist. What she said about @ValerieJarrett is unconscionable. https://t.co/B6ewu9AVGu
Has Fox picked up “Roseanne” yet?
As for Trump: Is Roseanne useful to him anymore? That, not pique, is likely to drive whether he hugs the issue. I s… https://t.co/Sx7hKoEnp5
Yes you did. #FireRoseanne https://t.co/YcxKUJxscA
Roseanne was making boatloads of $ for @DisneyABCTV. For them to cancel it because of Roseanne’s racist, xenophobic… https://t.co/qe72yl0puq
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Barr took to Twitter to apologize for the smear saying, “I apologize to Valerie Jarrett and to all Americans. I am truly sorry for making a bad joke about her politics and her looks. I should have known better. Forgive me-my joke was in bad taste.” She says she plans to now leave Twitter (one can only hope for good), saying:

“It’s a joke,” she wrote in response to a CNN reporter.

MSNBC host and activist Rev. Al Sharpton released a statement after ABC pulled the plug on the reboot.

“ABC Television has done the right thing by immediately cancelling Roseanne. Whether it was Imus calling the Rutgers University women’s basketball disparaging names, a cartoonist at the New York Post making a cartoon of President Barack Obama portraying him as an ape, or a well-refined public servant like Valerie Jarrett being depicted as an ape by Roseanne Barr, there is no place in media for racism. Racism should not be tolerated by media that depends on corporate advertisers that make their money selling their goods to Americans. We are prepared togo to the city Comptrollers to have them drop stocks in media companies that engage in bigotry and racism. We salute the rapid response of ABC but we will continue to look into the hiring and business practices of all that shape public opinion in American culture.”

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