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Activists, W.Mass residents react to "Roseanne" cancellation

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A public outcry after Roseanne Barr went on a racist rant over Twitter.

ABC canceled her series reboot shortly after the actress went on the tirade

Now, some are questioning why ABC brought ‘Roseanne’ back in the first place.

"The reboot shouldn’t have been a thought to begin with," said Springfield resident Tailanae Brantley. 
 
While she's known for being outspoken and controversial throughout her career, but now even Roseanne Barr agrees she took it way too far.

"Especially considering her social standing it was a very unwise move, and then on ABC’s behalf canceling the show was a good idea, but bringing it back wasn’t a good idea. It could have been avoided in the first place," said Brantley.
 
The tweet was a response to a comment about Valerie Jarrett; a former aide to ex-President Barack Obama which read "Muslim brotherhood and planet of the apes had a baby.”

Barr later claimed that she had written the message after taking Ambien, a medication used to treat insomnia.
 
"It seemed like there was no bottom to the racist comments that people could make and get away with so I was really happy to see a line drawn in the sand," said Michaelann Bewsee with Arise for Social Justice.
 
The series reboot became popular on ABC during its now one and only season, but was quickly pulled off the air following Barr’s comments.
 
"Roseanne has been a racist her whole career. She could have just died off the show," said Springfield resident Tatiana. 
 
The show may be canceled, but the fallout from Barr’s comments is far from over.
 
"I was a fan of the 'Roseanne' show but I didn’t know she was a racist. But in 2018 that racism exists in this day. We cannot tolerate it no more," said Springfield resident Mo Dukes. 
 
Barr has apologized for her comment, but it has stirred a strong emotional reaction across the country.

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