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I’m all about dialogue especially when it comes to racism.
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I’m all about dialogue especially when it comes to racism.

And I’m not sure I understand how cancelling the Rosanne Barr Show helps with that dialogue.

Before you go crazy on me just take a moment to read what I’m saying. And then afterward have at it.

First of all, in NO way am I trying to defend her.
What she wrote was disgusting.

I keep picturing her saying something like that about my daughter. It makes me furious.

My question though is this:

What does cancelling Rosanne Barr’s show really accomplish?
Yes she’s punished.
But does it create real dialogue?
Does canceling her show really help in the long run?

ABC said:
"Roseanne's Twitter statement is abhorrent, repugnant and inconsistent with our values, and we have decided to cancel her show.”

It’s hard to argue with that.
But I’m going to try.

Why not instead of cancelling the show they try something different.

Cut her pay and force Barr to do a show about her character tweeting what she did and “why” she did it.
And show in no uncertain terms how that hurts the people she’s talking about.

Can you imagine if they did that?
Can you imagine how many people would watch?

I’m guessing 30-50 million people wound tune in for that show.
That’s a lot of people who might come away with a different understanding about racism and the impact it has.

Instead ABC chose to completely shut down the production.
And 50 or more crewmembers and fellow actors are now out of a job through no fault of their own.

At the same time I have another question:

What is our standard these days?
When do we decide that someone needs to lose his/her job for something they said?

The judgement on social media is now instantaneous.
In the blink of an eye a tweet or post can go viral.
That’s so scary to me.

It feels like we are all one mistake away from being publicly shamed and ridiculed and in some cases one mistake away from losing our job.

Is this what we want?
Is this where we want to be as a society?

Again I’m not trying to defend Rosanne Barr in any way.
I’m just wondering if there’s a better way that this situation could have been handled.

I think everyone reading this right now has the same goal.
To get people to see everyone as human beings regardless of their race.

Believe me I worry every day that my black daughter will be treated differently from my white daughter.
And I get choked up just writing that.
Because they are the love of my life.

At the same time I can honestly say that I don’t think cancelling Rosanne Barr’s show gets us any closer to that goal.

Instead I think it will just make people be more careful about what they tweet.

But the core racism will still be there.
And that’s a shame.


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