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ABC announces it’s cancelling ‘Roseanne’ after star’s racist tirade: report

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ABC on Tuesday announced it was cancelling its revival of popular sitcom “Roseanne” after star Roseanne Barr made a racist “joke” about former Obama White House aide Valerie Jarrett.

As reported by Variety, ABC Entertainment president Channing Dungey said that the network was cancelling Barr’s show after she ignited a firestorm of controversy on Tuesday by “joking” that Jarrett looked like the offspring of the “Muslim Brotherhood & Planet of the Apes.”

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“Roseanne’s Twitter statement is abhorrent, repugnant and inconsistent with our values, and we have decided to cancel her show,” Dungey said.

Barr has issued a formal apology for the joke, which she admitted was in poor taste.

“I apologize to Valerie Jarrett and to all Americans,” Barr wrote on Twitter. “I am truly sorry for making a bad joke about her politics and her looks. I should have known better. Forgive me — my joke was in bad taste.”

Prior to ABC’s decision to cancel the show, consulting producer and legendary comedian Wanda Sykes announced that she would not be returning to the show.

The Jarrett incident was not the first time Barr had compared a black woman to an ape, as in 2013 she called former Obama national security adviser Susan Rice “a man with big swinging ape balls.”

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Rep Ocasio-Cortez blasts complexity of health care marketplace: ‘No one should go through this’

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Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez blasted the complexity of the health care marketplace on the day of the deadline to sign up for 2020 coverage.

Health care has been a major topic in the 2020 Democratic primary, with some moderate candidates defending the Affordable Care Act passed under President Barack Obama, while progressive candidates push for Medicare for All.

"Members of Congress also have to buy their plans off the exchange," she explained. "That means I get to 'choose' [between] 66 complex financial products."

"This is absurd. No person should go without healthcare, and no one should go through this, either," she argued.

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Hallmark Channel reverses course and apologies for caving to anti-LGBTQ group

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The Hallmark Channel reversed course after a boycott resulted from the network caving to an anti-LGBTQ group.

On Saturday, #BoycottHallmark trended on Twitter nationwide after the network refused to show ads featuring two women kissing after being married.

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How to take down a cult leader

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Do you focus on shaming them for the damage they’re doing? Do you try to expose their lies and hypocrisies? Do you remind them of our common values? Do you try to prevail with your values? Do you try to prove that they’re factually incorrect? Do you curse them for being bad people?

Any of these moves could be useful for swaying onlookers to resist the cult, but that’s a different matter. The question here is how to cut them, making the cult and its leaders show blood.

Not once in Trump’s entire political run has he shown blood, been left speechless, stunned, or stalled. Remember Dan Quale’s face when Lloyd Benson told Dan Quayle, “You’re no John Kennedy”? (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QYAZkczhdMs)  or Reagan’s “there you go again”? (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qN7gDRjTNf4) Or Chris Christys cut  Rubio over his “25 second sound bite”? (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CkdpzRDxTXU) Or the classic, Joseph McCarthy cut by Joseph Welch’s “Have you no sense of decency, sir, at long last?”(https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8llS0ZkLVGA)

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