Tonight’s news feed is abuzz with the abrupt cancellation of the Roseanne Barr show. The cancellation was, of course, the necessary and correct response to her racist Twitter outburst.
For me, it immediately leads to the obvious question: why haven’t we acted to similarly cancel the Donald Trump show?
I’ve read the offending message from Ms. Barr. Mr. Trump has sent dozens of far worse Tweets, before and after taking office.
Why do our mainstream networks and their advertisers continue to give airtime to the hate speech from our President and his GOP collaborators, since their response to Ms. Barr shows that their boundaries are quite clear?
Valerie Jarrett, the African-American woman who was the target of Ms. Barr’s outburst, said “We have to turn it into a teaching moment.”
I agree. Here’s one of the lessons that we need to drive home:
When the offender is an aging woman, the reaction is swift and draconian. When the offender is a bigoted, misogynistic, and xenophobic white male (who happens to be President), our protectors of decency are paralyzed. The double standard is crystal clear.
The reaction to Ms. Barr’s hate speech is completely appropriate. How long must we wait for our courageous defenders of public morality to take the same action against Donald Trump?