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Ambien does not cause racism

Yesterday was supposed to be the finale of the TV sitcom, Roseanne. Instead, it was the cancellation of the show per ABC.

Roseanne Barr tweeted absolutely racist and inappropriate words and in result, her show got pulled. The sad part is that the people working for the show are now out of a job. The show was promising, and fans liked it.

I watched all of it up until the episode where they get new neighbors. Their neighbors are Muslim and Roseanne is scared of them and thinks they are terrorists. That episode was not funny to me. I dropped it after that.

I have to applaud to ABC for doing the right thing here.

Some great tweets I saw in response to this:

Hey @ABC, Roseanne Barr compared Valerie Jarrett to an ape. There is no apology she can make that justifies @ABC turning a blind eye to this bigotry by airing another second of her show. Even in the Age of Trump, there are red lines that can never be crossed. This is one.

But she got what she deserved. As I tell my 4-year old, one makes a choice with one's actions. Roseanne made a choice. A racist one. ABC made a choice. A human one.

Roseanne then went on to apologize, and say that she was "Ambien tweeting." The drug maker responded publicly by saying:

"While all pharmaceutical treatments have side effects, racism is not a known side effect of any Sanofi medication." (The makers of Ambien on Roseanne Barr's tweet).

I appreciate every single time someone gets called out for their racist and inappropriate remarks. Especially when they are a celebrity and have things to lose. It shows that it's NOT ok and we need to respect each other as human beings.

kk