First Amendment Today, May 30, 2018: The Roseanne Edition

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ABC axes Roseanne reboot after Roseanne Barr’s racist tweet likening  Valerie Jarrett, ex-Obama advisor and woman of color, to an ape

color photo of Roseanne Barr, wearing a T-shirt and glasses, smiling
Roseanne Barr: Still batshit crazy after all these years (Monterey Media via Flickr)
screenshot of a tweet from Roseanne Barr, timestamped 11:45 p.m. May 28, 2018, in reference to Valerie Jarrett, a former advisor to President Barack Obama: 'muslim brotherhood & planet of the apes had a baby=vj'
Screenshot of Roseanne’s since-deleted May 28, 2018, tweet comparing former Obama administration adviser Valerie Jarrett to an ape (via Twitter)

Like most sentient human beings, Roseanne costar/producer Sara Gilbert found Barr’s tweet “abhorrent”

Déjà vu all over again: Vox offers short history of Roseanne’s bigoted, batshit conspiracy-peddling tweets

Golden State Warriors coach Steve Kerr calls NFL anthem policy “idiotic”

screenshot of Golden State Warriors head coach Steve Kerr speaking to reporters about the NFL's new policy requiring players to stand during the playing of the national anthem, May 24, 2018
(screenshot MarkG_Medina via Twitter)

Esquire‘s Jack Holmes explains how the Roseanne and NFL controversies are alike and dissimilar

New York subway car wrapped with an for the Roseanne TV show.
The Roseanne train has reached the end of the line (The All-Nite Images via Flickr)

Florida cop posts Facebook death wish aimed at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School student and #NeverAgain activist David Hogg

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Starbucks closes 8,000 stores for a day so 175,000 employees can bone up on racial bias

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GOP Congresswoman running for governor of Tennessee attributes the spike in school shootings to “pornography” sold in “grocery stores”

See Also:
“First Amendment Today, May 25, 2018: Trump Suggests NFL Kneelers ‘Shouldn’t Be in the Country; …and Javier Bardem Speaks Out on Spain’s Giant Vagina Crackdown!”

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About Stephen Lemons

Stephen Lemons is an award-winning investigative journalist with more than 20 years of experience covering everything from government corruption to white-supremacist gangs. In addition to Front Page Confidential, his work has appeared in Phoenix New Times, the Los Angeles Times, Salon.com, and the Southern Poverty Law Center’s Intelligence Report magazine.

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