Out the Gigante Window

In a lasting fit of pique, I haven’t watched a tee-vee show since Sabado Gigante got cancelled in 2015. So obviously I wasn’t going to watch some recycled pseudo-heartland gringo gruel from the 1960s. Or 70s, or whenever the original Roseanne sit-com hatched.

That disinterest has now proved fortunate. Because following a racially insubordinate tweet from its frumpy titular principal, the program was peremptorily shit-canned just like my favorite Mexican variety show. Given that Roseanne is nominally a comedienne by trade, one would think some latitude might be granted for stabs at humor. Though in her dotage the old girl entirely forgot the rules of racial comedy: whites are always the butt of the joke, and Do Not Taunt Happy Fun POCs.

Every prison requires a foundation, and those caught chiseling face swift retribution. And so it was today when ABC defenestrated her show only hours after Ms. Barr mused about Valerie Jarrett’s primate lineage. Now obviously alluding to a public figure as a monkey is racist unless you’re a liberal talking about George W. Bush. In this case it’s appropriate as NPR explains here.

In the U.S., there’s not a history of white Protestants like Bush being portrayed as simians by anyone in a more privileged and powerful social and economic position.

So now you understand why blue-collar whites may be mocked in explicitly racial terms: there’s no one in a more privileged and powerful social and economic position than them.

At any rate, the re-booted Roseanne was apparently already approaching the shoals of racial insubordination during its singular season. One episode in particular displayed an egregious lack of deference in supposing it could repeat the left’s own racial mantra as if it were actually designed to be taken seriously. See if you can read the following without suffering an embolism from blood boil…

We missed all the shows about black and Asian families,” Dan remarked, referencing the sitcoms Black-ish and Fresh Off the Boat, to which Roseanne quipped back, “They’re just like us. There, now you’re all caught up.”

Whoa! Whoa! Whoa! You can’t say blacks and Asians are ‘just like us’ unless you’re a left-wing anthropologist or advocating for open borders. Or at the very least, you need to ask. There are times when being just like us accrues to their benefit and preference, and times when it does not. Overpaid play-actors who want to keep their series’ active are advised to learn the difference.

For instance, if you say non-whites are *not* like us when they want to migrate to the West, then you are a racist. And if you say they *are* like us once they are here and prefer to reap the unique opportunities and lucrative victim status of their group, then you are something else entirely: a racist. Without knowing which is most profitable for them at the time, you really can’t safely say whether they are like us or not.

All of which must have been painful lessons for Roseanne. Perhaps she will seek career salvation by groveling to the Appalachian tradesmen who run Hollywood without social or economic peer. But I’m not optimistic. They were merciless to Sabado’s Don Francisco; what chance has she?

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8 thoughts on “Out the Gigante Window

  1. Right on cue, Conservatism Inc. in the deranged form of David French delivered his lines supporting the suppression of free speech. ABC being Muh Private Enterprise, etc. Had the woman instead called Trump an orange orangutan, the poor stripling who played an adorable tranny crumb-cruncher wouldn’t be out of a job in child acting, likely leading to teenage drug abuse and a mid-life career selling dog food on TV. So maybe there is a happy ending after all.

  2. And now comes the groveling:
    I’m such a horrible, low racist. Please hear my apology and don’t defend me.

    The right is so eager to latch on to any celebrity who falls short of saying we should all die—
    Kanye, Roseanne and little kids on youtube–it’s a setup for failure.

    Move forward an inch and then fall back a yard.

    It’s a shame Roseanne called VJ an ape instead of a traitorous, unelected, handler of the former Prez and inexplicably the final authority on American foreign policy.

    Fantastic article!
    The NPR explanation is pure Catch-22 without the laughs.

  3. Ya, the just like us/not like us, racist either way thing you describe above reminds me of the recent ‘shithole countries’ debacle. It brought up a pretty interesting bit of cognitive dissonance on the left. For years we’ve been told that we can’t send illegals back to their countries because they are shitholes. Sure, they rarely said ‘shithole’ but when you describe a place as poor, corrupt, full of crime and gangs, and unsafe, unsanitary, etc, you are describing a shithole, and you know it. But, call them shitholes in any context other than calling for the importation of people from said shitholes, its racist. Not that the ‘racist’ observation bothers me in the least.

    I never watched Rosanne either. Don’t have cable or satellite, and don’t anticipate ever having it again. Not the least bit surprised she got canned for that. Talking about dindus or Soros in a negative light isnt acceptable. I heard she was the first number one show ABC had in like 20 years too. Given her already known political views, its surprising she got back on the air in the first place. On the bright side, maybe this will make more people cancel cable. I cancelled like 3 years ago, and Im embarrassed it took me that long. Fuck them all.

  4. Now obviously alluding to a public figure as a monkey is racist unless you’re a liberal talking about George W. Bush.

    No, Porter. It has nothing to do with public figures, or power relationships. You can call any White person a monkey, and it may be rude (or “offensive”), but it’s not racist. On the other hand, any allusion to a monkey or ape to, about, or near a negro is always racist. Wasn’t there an old TV show (Fawlty Towers?) that had a running gag about Germans (Don’t mention the war!)? And when you’re trying hard to avoid mentioning something, that’s when your tongue slips.

    So it is with negroes and apes. It’s precisely because the association is so apt, the similarities so great, that they may not be mentioned in the same context. If somebody calls me an ape, I don’t automatically assume it’s because all White men are, or resemble, apes. Racist? What racist?

    Remember the furore when NBC Air Racist Monkey Commercial After Gabby Douglas Olympics Gold Medal ? Would that commercial have been racist if the White girl had won?

    • No, Porter. It has nothing to do with public figures, or power relationships. You can call any White person a monkey, and it may be rude (or “offensive”), but it’s not racist. On the other hand, any allusion to a monkey or ape to, about, or near a negro is always racist.

      I know, Analog. For sake of rhetoric I was feigning belief in the presumptive rules of racial courtesy rather than the actual ones you described.

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