(National Sentinel) Too Hasty: Political correctness should never get in the way of sound decision-making but in the entertainment industry it routinely does.
Insiders at ABC say the network’s hastily-made decision to fire Roseanne Barr for an allegedly “racist” statement was a mistake because now producers believe a spin-off from her canceled reboot “Roseanne” called “The Connors” will not survive for long.
The UK Daily Mail reported exclusively that two senior network executives said ABC President Channing Dungey’s decision to fire Barr immediately and cancel her show after a very successful launch over what he viewed as extremely racist comments was a “knee-jerk” reaction that he and others would come to regret.
“We didn’t think it through properly. What Roseanne did was wrong but we shouldn’t have rushed to fire her. It was almost a knee-jerk reaction by Ben [Sherwood] and Channing [Dungey] who should have launched an investigation,” one insider reportedly said. “This would have given them more time to listen to the public, advertisers and cast members to determine the best decision.”
In a tweet, Barr said Jarrett was the result if “the Muslim brotherhood & Planet of the Apes had a baby,” comments that were critiqued by Dungey as “abhorrent, repugnant and inconsistent with our values.”
“They could’ve suspended her from the first few episodes without pay and had her return later on in the season,” the source said. “I mean the season finale saw Roseanne going to the hospital for knee surgery. While they worked out her fate, her character could have faced serious complications and fought for her life, while simultaneously making Roseanne fight for her career with a national apology tour. “
“The morning the racist tweet scandal blew up, Roseanne offered to publicly apologize and do the rounds of every show but Ben and Channing weren’t having any of that and wanted her gone,” they continued. “Why not have her front a PSA for the network on racism and cyberbullying?”
Too late now. Barr’s gone and The Connors is on the air. But probably not for long because it’s a lot like doing a Superman-related series featuring Lois Lane and Jimmy Olsen but without the superhero.
What’s also true is that had Barr not been a vocal supporter of POTUS Trump and had instead racially insulted a conservative, Dungey and Sherwood would have given her a raise instead of fired her.
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