Most conversations allow for a clean, healthy, multi-sided debate.
Each side can bring forth points supporting their stance, and the opposing side(s) can absorb that information and try to understand where someone else is coming from.
Several topics of conversation will never have a clear-cut answer because the issue is so divisive: Gun control, abortion, LeBron vs. Jordan, the list goes on.
And then there are instances like when Roseanne Barr refers to a former African-American top presidential aide as an ape, in which only one logical opinion can be formed: Her comments are abhorrent and racist.
There is no way around it, and she should in no way be defended or justified no matter how much you love her or her show, which was cancelled by ABC in wake of her comments.
Yet somehow there are people on my social media feeds going to bat for her. It’s one thing when the people coming rushing to defend her are strangers (to me) on Twitter, but it’s something else entirely when those people are your friends and family on Facebook.
“People say racist things all the time.”
People saying racist shit is not an excuse for you (or other people) to say racist shit. People lie, rob, cheat, steal, and kill every day; does that make it okay for you to lie, rob, cheat, steal, or kill? No, because we choose to be better than that.
“It’s not that big of a deal.”
Really? Go call any person of color an ape to their face and see what happens. Before you do, call me with the time and location so I can have popcorn and a front-row seat.
“It’s because she supports Trump.”
Uh… no. Part of the reason for Roseanne’s overwhelming success with her show’s revival was because she — and her character — supports Trump. If anyone made this comment, they should be (and likely would be) fired.
She’s from a different time.
Ah, yes, this old chestnut.
Roseanne Barr is 65 years old.
Social media did not exist when she was born, yet she adapted and learned how to use it. You’re telling me she can’t learn when something is blatantly racist? FOH.
I’m tired of hearing this excuse from generations older than myself. Times change and you have to adapt to the changing times.
It’s fine to stay stuck in your views that Elvis was the greatest singer who ever lived and that all music is trash; but you can’t stay stuck in your ways when society evolves and things that once might have been commonplace in your day have now become disrespectful, distasteful, or just flat-out wrong.