If you would have asked me a few minutes ago what would have been the biggest fallout of Roseanne Barr's racist insult toward a former Obama adviser, I would have said it was that comedian Wanda Sykes quit her role as the show's consulting producer.
I would have lost that bet.
In my last post, I stated that we had yet to hear from ABC, the network on which the her show is carried. Well, since then, they have spoken and made it loud and damn clear -- the "Roseanne" show has been cancelled!
In a statement, the network was quite blunt in announcing why they pulled the plug. It read:
"Roseanne's Twitter statement is abhorrent, repugnant and inconsistent with our values, and we have decided to cancel her show."
Now, I don't know if this is a record but, this is the timeline (I'm assuming Eastern time here):
In the early hours of the morning, around 2:45am, the infamous tweet appeared. Around 10:30am, she issued her apology. Around 12:30pm, Wanda Sykes tweets out that she's quitting the show. Roughly one hour after that, ABC announced the cancellation. If my times are accurate, this means that she went from showing her a** to having her show pulled in the span of less than 12 hours.
I'm sure, over the next few hours, we'll hear the collective moans and cries from Trump fans who'll decry "P.C." culture and talk about how right-wing voices are getting silenced. Hell, we might even see or hear a statement from Trump himself (it's not like he as a country to run or anything). However, despite what this crowd likes to believe, unbridled racism is bad for business. I'm sure that ABC would rather cut their losses on one show than to have to risk her negatively impacting the bottom line even more.