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Making Waves

Pushback On Racism

Peter

By Peter Jackson

 Finally -- some push-back on bias, racism and just plain bad taste that in recent years has exploded on social media and the Internet in general.

You'll recall a week ago today, the American television network ABC suddenly cancelled its highly-popular revival of the sitcom "Roseanne" -- left with no choice, CTV also dropped it.

It depicted a family many could identify with -- poor, and feeling it has no voice in the democratic process.

ABC reacted swiftly, after the show's first-billed star Roseanne Barr Tweeted what she called a "joke" about former senior White House staffer Valerie Jarrett.

Jarrett is an African-American who served during the presidency of Barack Obama.

Barr Tweeted “muslim brotherhood & planet of the apes had a baby=vj.” -- Jarrett's initials.

Barr is an avid supporter of President Donald Trump, but seems to have a short memory.

Many of us remember her disgraceful rendition of the US National Anthem during the opening ceremony of a baseball game in San Diego in 1990, for which the then-president of the Padres had to apologize.

The number of views is still melting YouTube.

ABC has finally corrected the mistake of putting Roseanne Barr back on the air, eating the potential loss of tens of million of dollars in advertising revenue.

If social media had been around at the time of that ballgame 28 years ago, ABC might have cancelled the highly-rated original "Roseanne".

I would have been happy then.

I'm a lot happier now.


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