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Roseanne Barr sat down and spoke with Sean Hannity on Fox News on Thursday night.
We understand if you shudder at the mere reading of that sentence.
The comedian was on hand, of course, to discuss how her reputation has plummeted to an all-time low following a Tweet she wrote several weeks ago that compared former President Obama advisor Valerie Jarrett to an "ape."
Jarrett, of course, is African-American, although Roseanne has previously alleged she didn't know this.
In the wake of this heinous comment, which wasn't exactly the first time Barr came across as insensitive to other races or ethnicities, ABC canceled the revival of her sitcom.
It has since announced that a spinoff centered around her character's fictional family, The Conners, will premiere in the fall.
(Presumably, the new sitcom will focus on this family reacting to the death of the Roseanne character.)
Speaking to Hannity, Roseanne was at times contrite; at times defensive; and at times defiant.
"I made a mistake, obviously. It cost me everything. My life's work, everything. I made a mistake and I paid the price for it," she said early in the interview.
Barr went on to say that the Tweet was never meant to be "political" in any way, firing back at critics who dared to call her racist.
"Everyone started saying I was a racist, which is like the worst thing you can call a Jewish person, especially someone like me, who grew up with Holocaust survivors," she said, continuing:
"And because of that fact, I took a vow to my religion to my god that I would always fight extremism on either side, right or left."
If this has been the case, Roseanne has had an unusual way of fighting said extremism.
Barr told Hannity she felt she was "fighting the right by being really left," referring to her 2012 run for the presidency as a socialist candidate and added:
"Then I slowly woke up and both extremes are not where my values are. My values are in the middle," she said.
Later in the chat, Roseanne expressed interest in speaking to Jarrett… or maybe working out a way to find a “teachable moment” in an encounter with her.
“I’d want her to hear my voice, that I am so sorry,” she said.
Jarrett, previously, has said she has no real interest in hearing from Barr.
Also previously, Roseanne had chalked up her Tweet to stupidity, not racism.
Do you think Roseanne deserves forgiveness? Or does she just totally suck and should go away as quickly as humanly possible?
Take a look and a listen to her interview with Hannity right here if it will help you decide.
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Last year, viewers slammed Eminem's performance. They called him a hack and a has been. Hey, everone's a critic, right?
Now, however, he's being criticized for something much more serious — for setting off gunshot noises at his concert.
The crowd visibly ducked in fear. And he's getting dragged for making thousands of people think that they were about to die in a hail of bullets.
The Bonnaroo Music and Arts Festival, most often known as Bonnaroo, isa four-day music festival that takes place each summer in Manchester, Tennessee.
If you live in Tennessee or any of the surrounding states, this is the festival that your friends who are willing to brave musicals attend each year.
Unfortunately, some concert-goers received a serious fright.
During his song, "Kill You," pyrotechnics produced a chillingly realistic gunshot noise.
So much so that, as you can see in the video that we included, the crowd was ducking in fear.
The video quickly circulated on Twitter, inciting outrage.
"Less than a year after Vegas and @Eminem thinks it’s a good idea to blast gun shot sfx onstage at a music festival? Bad call on this headliner @bonnaroo. What happened to Radiate Positivity?"
The Las Vegas shooting that claimed dozens of lives and wounded hundreds took place at the beginning of last October.
Many of the victims had attended a Jason Aldean concert.
For concert-goers to hear very realistic gunshot noises … it seems very natural for so many of them to instinctively fear for their lives.
That doesn't sound like a good time.
Eminem is no stranger to controversy.
His team responded that these were not actual "gunshot" noises, but pyrotechnic concussion effects featuring a sonic boom. That seems like splitting hairs, but whatever.
As always, his diehard fans were eager to jump to his defense.
One person took to Twitter to refer to a previous performance of "Kill You."
"You can hear the same sound at the end you idiots. Watch some Eminem performance before going to one."
That's a little harsh.
"So you grew up listening to Eminem but you didn’t expect gun shot sounds on his set."
Well, some would argue that it's a different experience when mass shootings are so common.
"The gunshot actually makes the performance 10 times better."
We'll take that person's word for it.
Some have argued that legislation should curtail this sort of element within a performance.
There would be legal precedent. A famous First Amendment exception to free speech is using that speech to do harm, such as shouting "fire" in a crowded theater.
Many would say that Eminem setting off such realistic sounding gunshots is the equivalent, and could provoke the crowd to trample each other in fear.
After all, actual mass shootings occur multiple times per week, thanks to the widespread and virtually unchecked availability of tools designed for killing.
Gunshots in music online or in other media (such as films) is different, as it comes with a visual context and is not usually consumed in massive, dense crowds of people who are standing shoulder-to-shoulder.
Are gunshot effects in concerts a threat to concert-goers?
Were Eminem's diehard defenders right to criticize fans for freaking out at the sounds of gunshots, since they were expected by many as part of the show?
Or were concert-goers right to react instinctively — better safe than sorry — and were critics right to condemn the use of the sounds?
Maybe the problem has nothing to do with the audience, the critics, or even Eminem.
Maybe living every single day with the knowledge that we could die in a hail of bullets while going to a theater or using mass transit or attending school or a house of worship is the culprit.
Perhaps fixing our nation's gun culture and gun epidemic will help to repair some of the other fractures and conflicts in our society.
And people won't have any reason to fear attending a concert.
On Tuesday, Roseanne Barr's racism got her sitcom canceled. Or, more accurately, the backlast to her racism got it canceled.
No one really expected to see Jimmy Kimmel rush to Roseanne's defense, but he did.
His words of support, however, have stirred up a controversy of their own.
Jimmy Kimmel's tweet, either making a very bad joke or a controversial appeal for sympathy.
"What @TheRealRoseanne said is indefensible."
That is true — so he's off to a good start.
"But angrily attacking a woman who is obviously not well does no good for anyone."
Is Roseanne obviously not well? She might be feeling a little queasy after she realized that her bigotry cost a couple hundred people their jobs.
"Please take a breath and remember that mental health issues are real."
Oh, dear. Yeah, we see where the controversy lies.
"The Roseanne I know could probably use some compassion and help right now."
As of Thursday afternoon, he has yet to delete the tweet.
The controversy of this tweet is not that she's defending Roseanne. Not exactly.
When people say or do vile, inexcusable things, from mass shootings to lashing out with racism, there are always people who can't bring themselves to blame that person.
Instead, they blame "mental illness.'
The problem goes well beyond the attempt to excuse the indefensible.
The problem is that mental illness and those with it are heavily stigmatized because of these statements.
Remember how Roseanne blamed her racism on Ambien? This is just as absurd and insulting.
Racism is many things, but it is not a mental illness.
On his own show, in the video that we've attached, Jimmy Kimmel plays it a little safer.
Much safer, in fact — he airs on NBC.
"Hear me out, just because Roseanne is gone, it doesn't mean the whole show has to go. The show must go on! That's what we say in show business."
He sets up his gag video.
"And with that said, I have an idea that I think makes this work for everyone"
He does roast ABC a little, but he doens't pust the envelope.
"We don't have much on this network. We're hoping the NBA finals goes 11 games this year."
Obviously, ABC is also the home of shows like the Bachelor franchise and Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.
"We're still airing America's Funniest Home Videos. Roseanne was very 'bigly' hit for ABC, and we needed it."
So he suggests a series featuring the cast without Roseanne Barr.
The new series would simply be called "Dan," after John Goodman's character.
A lot of people have suggested that such a spinoff could work. Not as a joke, but in all seriousness.
Some worry that the network may not consider the added controversy worth it.
After all, at least part of the Roseanne reboot's appeal was to Trump voters who wanted to see themselves reflected on television.
It's a shame that people are seeing Roseanne's firing as a political move.
No one, no matter their politics, should be okay with bold-faced bigotry.
Roseanne is free to make political statements or to make vulgar jokes as much as she likes. We all are.
But when it comes to racist statements that are bound to send viewers and sponsors fleeing for the hills, it only makes sense for a network to send Roseanne packing.
Though, like Jimmy Kimmel, we would love to see her costars and the entire crew continue being employed.
On the latest episode of Little People, Big World, the Roloffs brought in Pirates of the Caribbean actor Martin Klebba to help with the problem of small crowds during the all-important pumpkin season.
But the big screen star could not help Amy Roloff with a very different problem the reality star was facing.
Faced with the issue of making sure the family farm succeeding during this vital few weeks of the year, Amy was forced to work closely with her ex-husband’s personal assistant…
… who also happens to be her ex-husband’s serious girlfriend.
Yes, this installment of the TLC series featured Amy and Caryn Chandler’s banding together for the sake of their loved ones.
“You know, this pumpkin season has been one of the hardest things I’ve ever gone through,” Amy admitted to the camera, adding:
“Caryn has been part of pumpkin season and managing it for a long time and does a great job. But knowing the relationship between Matt and Caryn, and to know that they’re dating…
“You know, to work beside Caryn, it’s not healthy for me.”
Caryn has been dating Matt Roloff for over a year now.
She knew Amy very well when this romance started, as a result of her long-time job as a manager on the farm.
Recent reports have detailed how Amy was blindsided when the two got togther, while this season of Little People, Big World has focused extensively on the tension that has resulted from this relationship.
“Amy doesn’t have a good sense of what it takes to run the farm. Amy can be very, very insecure. I try to be as patient and easy as possible,” Matt said about his ex last week, for example.
“When it comes to Amy and I, it’s just one day at a time. One day it feels like it’s working and another day it feels like it’s not working.”
Meanwhile, Chandler has tried to be as respectful of Amy as possible.
“There’s always gonna be some crossover and awkwardness with Amy,” she said on Tuesday evening about working side-by-side with her boss/foe/frenemy.
“I hope that over time, our relationship can get better.”
Jeremy Roloff and Amy’s other kids are well aware of the unusual circumstances surrounding their parents.
Watching him mom interact with Caryn on this week’s episode, Jeremy said:
“I feel for her. It’s just a bummer that we’re still dealing with this.”
Matt, however, doesn’t feel much sympathy for his wife of 26-plus years.
“Caryn is instrumental in running pumpkin season,” he said simply last night. “She’s been doing this for 10 years.”
But will she be doing it down the line?
Roloff recently confirmed that he’s moving to Arizona, placing the future of Little People, Big World in jeopardy.
“It’s kind of unexpected the way that life changes,” he said last night, adding:
“Amy and I grew apart, and I never thought in my wildest dreams that I would be divorced at this stage of my life…
“So I think that we realized that a person I really care about is right under my nose and then it’s very different.”
To see what was going on with Zach, Tori, Jeremy and Audrey on this week’s installment, click below and watch Little People, Big World online now!