ROSEANNE Barr’s sitcom has been cancelled following her offensive tweet towards former White House adviser Valerie Jarrett.
Let’s take a closer look at President Obama’s trusted confidante.
Who is Valerie Jarrett?
Born in Shiraz, Iran, where her father ran a children’s hospital, Jarrett moved to Chicago with her US-born parents in 1963 when she was aged six.
After gaining psychology and law degrees from Stanford University and the University of Michigan respectively, she began working for Mayor Harold Washington in 1987.
While deputy chief of staff to Mayor Richard Daley in the 1990s, Jarrett hired future First Lady Michelle Robinson who was then engaged to Barak Obama.
Before becoming a key figure in the Obama White House, she served as CEO of the Habitat Company.
Jarret, 61, was an influential political advisor to the 44th US President is said to have been involved in “nearly every decision” that Obama made.
CBS News’ Norah O’Donnell, who profiled Jarrett, said: “The president has said she’s his best friend.”
Since leaving the White House, she is now a board member of the ride-sharing app Lyft.
What did Roseanne say about her?
On May 29, 2018, Roseanne Barr said that Jarrett is a product of the Muslim Brotherhood and the “Planet of the Apes.”
Barr then apologised to Jarrett on Twitter “for making a bad joke” about her politics and her looks.
Barr’s now-deleted tweet read: “Muslim brotherhood & planet of the apes had a baby = VJ.”
In her apology, Barr said the Jarrett comment was “in bad taste”.
The “Roseanne” revival this spring was an unexpected major hit for ABC.
However, following the controversial social media post, the network has cancelled the show.
What has Jarrett said about Roseanne Barr’s tweet?
Hours after Roseanne published the offensive post, and ABC cancelled her show, Jarrett said the network made the right call.
She said she hoped the incident would create more discussion on the reality of racism.
She told MSNBC: “First of all, 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 coming to their defence.”
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