2018 Year In Review: Roseanne Rose…Then Fell To Career Lows Due to Backlash

Published: Monday 10th Dec 2018 by Rashad

Whether scribbled in history books for some good, great, or awesomely bad reasons, 2018 brought with it some of modern Pop culture’s most memorable moments.

Now, as the year draws to a close, TGJ is reflecting on 31 moments that rocked – and to some degree shaped – the Urban and Pop musical landscape as we know it.

Next, we’ll reflect on the Roseanne Barr backlash that nearly ended her career:

March 2018 saw comedienne Roseanne rocket to the top of ratings charts when the premiere of the long-awaited reboot of the show that bears her name debuted to a whopping 17.7 million viewers.

Garnering quite the chatter thanks to its tongue in cheek comedy (with heavily criticized racist undertones), the series continued to rock ratings competition until its star took to Twitter to make racist comments against an Obama aide.

Roseanne Brands Obama Aide An “Ape” / Flees Twitter After Racist Backlash

Barr went on to blame Ambien for her choice of words.  The medicine makers clapped back:


Ambien Maker On Roseanne Blaming Drug For Her Tweets: ‘Racism is Not a Side Effect’

The backlash – which included Hulu and TV Land dropping episodes of the show’s original run from its rosters – was so fierce even her cast mates distanced themselves from it.

Roseanne Slams Cast Mates & Fellow Celebs For ‘Throwing Her Under the Bus’

That distance only grew wider when ABC announced not only were they cancelling the show, but green lit a spinoff – ‘The Connors’ – that won’t feature Barr.  It premiered in October 2018.

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  1. Queen Missy ?? December 11, 2018

    I don’t know her.

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