After canceling ABC’s Roseanne for a mildly offensive tweet, Disney is moving forward with plans to up the ante for an old face after his failed career in political commentary by putting foul-mouthed leftist Keith Olbermann back on ESPN’s Sportscenter.
“Since we started this, my 6th separate tenure with ESPN, in January, I’ve found the variety of assignments to be most the fun and energizing of all my stints, said known Trump hater Keith Olbermann. “Adding stuff like being a rookie 59-year old play-by-play guy, plus the Rip Van Winkle of SportsCenter, only adds to the smorgasbord. Can’t wait, and at my age, I shouldn’t.”
While Olbermann’s political commentary career took a nosedive after his online GQ show “The Resistance with Keith Olbermann” massively flopped, he often resorted to vulgar tweets directed at President Donald J. Trump and other Republicans for attention. Here is a sampling of Olbermann’s tweets:
Warning: The following content is explicit.
Both ABC and ESPN are owned by Disney, which axed Roseanne today for her behavior on twitter.
“Early on Tuesday, Ms. Barr posted a comment about Valerie Jarrett, the former adviser to Mr. Obama, that said if “muslim brotherhood & planet of the apes had a baby=vj.”
Ms. Barr, whose ABC sitcom closed out a successful comeback season last week, initially dismissed accusations that the comment was racist, defending it as “a joke.” She also said on Twitter, “ISLAM is not a RACE, lefties. Islam includes EVERY RACE of people.”
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“Roseanne’s Twitter statement is abhorrent, repugnant and inconsistent with our values, and we have decided to cancel her show,” ABC Entertainment president Channing Dungey said.
Disney CEO Bob Iger added “there was only one thing to do here, and that was the right thing.”
From Channing Dungey, President of ABC Entertainment: "Roseanne's Twitter statement is abhorrent, repugnant and inconsistent with our values, and we have decided to cancel her show."
There was only one thing to do here, and that was the right thing.
— Robert Iger (@RobertIger) May 29, 2018
Apparently cursing the president out and using slang terms for sexual promiscuity is indeed consistent with Disney and ABC’s values, as long as the perpetrator of such foul language belongs to the correct political party.
If Disney had any “values” at all, they would apply them across the board to all of their employees, including Keith Olbermann. They do not have “values.”
They only have political allegiances, and Roseanne’s hasty firing is proof.
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