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?