To the Editor:
The recent decision by ABC to cancel “Roseanne” is another example of a double standard running rampant through America. I do not condone Roseanne Barr’s tweet, but I would like to know why ABC and many other networks show bias on who can apologize their remarks or actions away or simply get away with it.
A group of individuals feel entitled to say and do offensive and outrageous things and experience little or no recourse (to mention a few, Kathy Griffin’s severed head “joke,” Madonna talking about burning down the White House, Bill Maher comparing Trump to an orange orangutan, Jimmy Kimmel’s rants and now we have Samantha Bee’s disgusting comment). All either apologized their way out of it or made no apology.
Joy Behar of “The View”, also on ABC, is another individual who continually makes offensive comments. She has repeatedly insulted not only the president, but many others mocking Mike Pence for his Christian faith and comparing religion to mental illness. She also ridiculed a nurse for using her job as her talent in a pageant and for having a stethoscope (required for all nurses). She apologizes, and this hateful, biased, bully show continues to run.
ABC canceling “Roseanne” to appear politically correct while shows such as “The View”, and those of Kimmel and Maher continue to run is textbook double standard. Barr’s show dealt with diversity and issues America faces, and it was done so showing both sides of the platform. The show left issues open for discussion even with kids. Barr was the foundation for that show.
Barr is a comedian, and many comedians cross the line, and yes, even the racial line, yet they are allowed to go on. Do I condone what she said? No, but is a joke that is considered racist more offensive than calling a someone the C-word? Or, showing a severed head of the president? Or, condoning violence and mockery? No, it is not. But in this politically charged, politically correct atmosphere some are allowed apologies while others are ostracized.
If Barr’s comment was so offensive, why wasn’t Samantha Bee’s? Calling a woman a “feckless C-word” crossed the line and is disgusting and inexcusable. Yet she was allowed to cross that line, apologize and her show goes on.
What is this double standard saying? It says offensive and outrageous remarks can be made and apologized away, depending on who you are and who you are making them against. I find that inexcusable.