Just hours after Roseanne‘s cancellation, Valerie Jarrett is weighing in.
After Roseanne Barr posted a racist tweet about Jarrett, a former aide of President Barack Obama, ABC moved quickly to cancel her show, noting that the tweet was “abhorrent, repugnant, and inconsistent with our values” in its official statement.
Now, in an MSNBC town hall titled “Everyday Racism in America,” Jarrett’s responded, calling the experience “a teaching moment.”
A clip from the town hall – which airs in full on Tuesday evening at 9 p.m. ET – shows Jarrett’s take on Barr’s racist tweet.
From the clip:
“I think we have to turn it into a teaching moment. I’m fine. I’m worried about all the people out there who don’t have a circle of friends and followers who come right to their defense. The person who’s walking down the street, minding their own business and they see somebody cling to their purse, or want to cross the street, or every black parent I know who has a boy who has to sit down and have a conversation – ‘the talk’ as we call it – and as you say, those ordinary examples of racism that happen every single day, and I think that’s why I’m so glad to be here this evening talking with all of you.”
According to NBC News, Jarrett also addressed ABC’s earlier decision to cancel Roseanne, noting that Robert Iger, CEO of the Walt Disney Company, personally called her to let her know they’d be ending the show.
From NBC News:
“Iger apologized, Jarrett said, adding that he told her there would be zero tolerance for those types of comments.
‘He wanted me to know before he made it public that he was canceling the show,’ she said.”
Barr’s racist comment drew immediate backlash from across the internet and prompted Wanda Sykes, one of Roseanne‘s high profile consulting producers, to make an immediate exit. Within a few hours, ABC Entertainment president Channing Dungey announced the show was over.
Considering Barr’s history with tweeting right-wing propaganda and misinformation, we’re surprised it took this long.