7 Thoughts We Have As ABC Cancels "Roseanne" Because Of Its Racist Namesake

7 Thoughts We Have As ABC Cancels "Roseanne" Because Of Its Racist Namesake

It's hard to know the difference between racism that costs you your job and racism that elects you President of the United States.

Forget the Roxanne Wars, this is the tale of the two Roseannes. Don't get it twisted. Roseanne Barr is not her character. The Roseanne Conner we all grew to know and love was the working-class hero of "Roseanne." She was witty, relatable and bold, but with a heart of gold. Then there's the other Roseanne. The Roseanne on Twitter is a raving conspiracy theorist, racist and, for lack of a better word, an asshole.

Recently the "Roseanne" reboot was snatched off the air by ABC President Channing Dungey after Roseanne Barr compared former Obama Administration adviser, Valerie Jarrett, to an ape. And yes, in 2018, white people are still pretending that comparing Black people to primates isn't racist, but instead just a bad joke. Dungey's statement, "Roseanne's Twitter statement is abhorrent, repugnant and inconsistent with our values, and we have decided to cancel her show," was tweeted last Tuesday by Disney CEO, Robert Iger.

But the thing is, I really couldn't give a shit about the whole ordeal and this is why.

1. The original was better!

Although original headlines about the "Roseanne" reboot reported that its main character would be a Trump supporter, many of us assumed the writers and producers, including Wanda Sykes, had come up with a humorous and relatable way to present a family with differing political views. We were wrong. What transpired was actually corny, annoying af and pissed all over the original show we all loved.

2. She's been anti-Semitic since forever... and we all knew this.

As if posing for a photo shoot dressed as Adolf Hitler pulling Jewish people out of an oven wasn't enough to cancel the bitch, in 2013 she the promoted a concert by a Holocaust-denying musician and the defended him while calling her detractors "fucking morons:"

3. She an Islamaphobe...and we all knew this, too.

In 2016 (after finding out about her own Jewish roots, naturally) she referred to Hillary Clinton's adviser, Huma Abedin (who happens to be of Indian decent...by the way ), as a "filthy Nazi whore."

4. She ACTUALLY disgraced the National Anthem.

In 1990 Barr was invited to sing the National Anthem at a Padres game. For whatever reason, she thought it would be cool to purposefully sing the song like a dying hunchback moose-turtle. It was so bad that then-President George H.W. Bush called her performance “disgraceful,” and the incident almost ruined her career.

5. She believes...and tweets...EVERY conspiracy theory she sees.

Like stating that Chelsea Clinton was actually married to the nephew of George Soaos who she accused of being a Nazi. False.

Or how back in November she became a key player in one of her favorite theories: a 4Chan-based conspiracy called QAnon that alleges satanism and sex-trafficking by the Democratic party. False.

Oh, and then there's the thing where Barr believes the government is operating a mind control experiment—MK Ultra, (which was a real CIA experiment conducted in the 1960s)—on Hollywood actors, producers and filmmakers to make them hate Trump and Republicans. False.

6. We already knew she thought of Black people as subhuman.

In 2013, Barr called former National Security Advisor Susan Rice a “big man with swinging ape balls” in a since-deleted tweet.

So her recent comments on Valerie Jarrett really doesn't come as a shock.

7. Ambien Doesn't Cause Racism.

After her 1,000,000th fake apology, Barr blamed her racist comments on the fact that she was taking Ambien at the time. Well, Sanofi, the maker of Ambien, was not amused and was quick to shut her ass down.

Ashleigh Koss, head of media relations at Sanofi, had this to say: “People of all races, religions and nationalities work at Sanofi every day to improve the lives of people around the world. While all pharmaceutical treatments have side effects, racism is not a known side effect of any Sanofi medication.”

8. A show promoting Trump should have never been allowed to air.

With today's political climate, a network show that's main storyline revolves around a character who is pro-Trump is bold ass hell. The Cheeto-in-Chief is literally separating children from their mothers' arms. He's an (alleged) rapist and philanderer, a racist and a tyrant. How they planned to turn that into a 30-minute belly roll sitcom was beyond me. But they came, they tried and they failed, chile.

I don't know about y'all, but I think if they can give Roseanne Barr nine episodes to promote Trump's racist agenda, they can air the previously shelved "Black-ish" episode that promotes Colin Kaepernick using his freedom of speech and right to protest to call for criminal justice reform.

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9 Reasons Crocs Are The Only Shoes You Need

Crocs have holes so your swag can breathe.

Do you have fond childhood objects that make you nostalgic just thinking about your favorite Barbie or sequenced purse? Well for me, its my navy Crocs. Those shoes put me through elementary school. I eventually wore them out so much that I had to say goodbye. I tried Airwalks and sandals, but nothing compared. Then on my senior trip in New York City, a four story Crocs store gleamed at me from across the street and I bought another pair of Navy Blue Crocs. The rest is history. I wear them every morning to the lake for practice and then throughout the day to help air out my soaking feet. I love my Crocs so much, that I was in shock when it became apparent to me that people don't feel the same. Here are nine reasons why you should just throw out all of your other shoes and settle on Crocs.

1. They are waterproof.

These bad boys can take on the wettest of water. Nobody is sure what they are made of, though. The debate is still out there on foam vs. rubber. You can wear these bad boys any place water may or may not be: to the lake for practice or to the club where all the thirsty boys are. But honestly who cares because they're buoyant and water proof. Raise the roof.

2. Your most reliable support system

There is a reason nurses and swimming instructors alike swear by Crocs. Comfort. Croc's clogs will make you feel like your are walking on a cloud of Laffy Taffy. They are wide enough that your toes are not squished, and the rubbery material forms perfectly around your foot. Added bonus: The holes let in a nice breeze while riding around on your Razor Scooter.

3. Insane durability

Have you ever been so angry you could throw a Croc 'cause same? Have you ever had a Croc bitten while wrestling a great white shark? Me too. Have you ever had your entire foot rolled like a fruit roll up but had your Crocs still intact? Also me. All I know is that Seal Team 6 may or may not have worn these shoes to find and kill Osama Bin Laden. Just sayin'.

4. Bling, bling, bling

Jibbitz, am I right?! These are basically they're own money in the industry of comfortable footwear. From Spongebob to Christmas to your favorite fossil, Jibbitz has it all. There's nothing more swag-tastic than pimped out crocs. Lady. Killer.

5. So many options

From the classic clog to fashionable sneakers, Crocs offer so many options that are just too good to pass up on. They have fur lined boots, wedges, sandals, loafers, Maryjane's, glow in the dark, Minion themed, and best of all, CAMO! Where did your feet go?!

6. Affordable

Crocs: $30

Feeling like a boss: Priceless

7. Two words: Adventure Straps

Because you know that when you move the strap from casual mode chillin' in the front to behind the heal, it's like using a shell on Mario Cart.

8. Crocs cares

Okay, but for real, Crocs is a great company because they have donated over 3 million pairs of crocs to people in need around the world. Move over Toms, the Croc is in the house.

9. Stylish AF

The boys will be coming for you like Steve Irwin.

Who cares what the haters say, right? Wear with pride, and go forth in style.

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From One Nerd To Another

My contemplation of the complexities between different forms of art.


Aside from reading Guy Harrison's guide to eliminating scientific ignorance called, "At Least Know This: Essential Science to Enhance Your Life" and, "The Breakthrough: Immunotherapy and the Race to Cure Cancer" by Charles Graeber, an informative and emotional historical account explaining the potential use of our own immune systems to cure cancer, I read articles and worked on my own writing in order to keep learning while enjoying my winter break back in December. I also took a trip to the Guggenheim Museum.

I wish I was artistic. Generally, I walk through museums in awe of what artists can do. The colors and dainty details simultaneously inspire me and remind me of what little talent I posses holding a paintbrush. Walking through the Guggenheim was no exception. Most of the pieces are done by Hilma af Klint, a 20th-century Swedish artist expressing her beliefs and curiosity about the universe through her abstract painting. I was mostly at the exhibit to appease my mom (a K - 8th-grade art teacher), but as we continued to look at each piece and read their descriptions, I slowly began to appreciate them and their underlying meanings.

I like writing that integrates symbols, double meanings, and metaphors into its message because I think that the best works of art are the ones that have to be sought after. If the writer simply tells you exactly what they were thinking and how their words should be interpreted, there's no room for imagination. An unpopular opinion in high school was that reading "The Scarlet Letter" by Nathaniel Hawthorne was fun. Well, I thought it was. At the beginning of the book, there's a scene where Hawthorne describes a wild rosebush that sits just outside of the community prison. As you read, you are free to decide whether it's an image of morality, the last taste of freedom and natural beauty for criminals walking toward their doom, or a symbol of the relationship between the Puritans with their prison-like expectations and Hester, the main character, who blossoms into herself throughout the novel. Whichever one you think it is doesn't matter, the point is that the rosebush can symbolize whatever you want it to. It's the same with paintings - they can be interpreted however you want them to be.

As we walked through the building, its spiral design leading us further and further upwards, we were able to catch glimpses of af Klint's life through the strokes of her brush. My favorite of her collections was one titled, "Evolution." As a science nerd myself, the idea that the story of our existence was being incorporated into art intrigued me. One piece represented the eras of geological time through her use of spirals and snails colored abstractly. She clued you into the story she was telling by using different colors and tones to represent different periods. It felt like reading "The Scarlet Letter" and my biology textbook at the same time. Maybe that sounds like the worst thing ever, but to me it was heaven. Art isn't just art and science isn't just science. Aspects of different studies coexist and join together to form something amazing that will speak to even the most untalented patron walking through the museum halls.

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