One tweet—53 characters—ended a TV star’s comeback and cost a lot of other people their jobs.
Roseanne Barr’s outspokenness on her Twitter account has, over time, garnered both fans and detractors—as well as momentum for her show’s reboot on ABC Entertainment. On Tuesday, however, one of her tweets sent the network and other organizations scrambling to cut ties with her.
In a since-deleted tweet, Barr said [former White House adviser Valerie] Jarrett was a cross between “Planet of the Apes” and the Muslim Brotherhood. “Muslim brotherhood & planet of the apes had a baby=vj,” Barr wrote, using Jarrett’s initials. The message was in response to a tweet accusing Jarrett of helping to “hide” misdeeds for the Obama administration.