As a string of racist tweets by Roseanne Barr roiled the internet and cable news Tuesday morning, mainstream media outlets reporting on the controversy caught flak for failing to describe her diatribe as racist.
When Roseanne apologized, the Associated Press tweeted out ‘Roseanne Barr apologizes for ‘bad joke’ about Obama aide’s looks and politics.’
Meanwhile, throughout the day, the Hill referred to her comments as ‘racially charged.’
After the New York Times was slammed for hedging by calling her remarks offensive, the Times changed their online headline from ‘offensive’ to ‘racist.’ Politico also changed their headline from ‘racially charged’ to ‘racist.’
Here are the best reactions.
“Racially charged?” C’mon, @thehill, use the word “racist” here.
— MZ (@zwirnm) May 29, 2018
Racist. Boy, those Nazis certainly were racially charged. Sounds stupid, right?
— Damian Wayne T. (@realsatanson) May 29, 2018
You mean racist tweet.
— InsaneClownPresident (@InsaneClownPrez) May 29, 2018
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— Moonlite Lewis 🍄🦅🐝🦈🐾🌱🐞🦋🦉🌜🍉🥑🍍🍆 (@LewisMoonlite) May 29, 2018
Racial: on the grounds of or connected with difference in race.
Racist: showing or feeling discrimination or prejudice against people of other races, or believing that a particular race is superior to another.
— meganthemegan (@meganthemegan) May 29, 2018
— Chris Luce (@Luceygrl) May 29, 2018
Bad joke? Really? It was RACIST
— Lori 🌊 (@seagal_lori) May 29, 2018
So we are just allowing her to call it a “joke” when she uses the word ape to refer to a black person?
— Jeremiah Rappel🤔 (@JeremiahRappel) May 29, 2018