Scott Adams had a good take on it, one I agree with, mostly. No one seriously thinks Roseanne is a racist. She might be a horrible person as a coworker and a boss, I don't know. She's certainly a ham-fisted comedian. I'd need a couple of beers to be able to watch her show, but I might find it funny after a few pops. She's crude and rough, but Scott (and I) don't see her as disingenuous. I'd say that there is almost no filter between her brain and her mouth or keyboard, in this case.
Roseanne realized her error and almost immediately posted an unqualified apology on her way to the gallows. It didn't do any good, she has now been erased from history.
Lately, in moments of boredom and sloth, I've taken to watching videos of the 2016 election night coverage where one pack of pundits after another watch in evolving horror and shock that Donald Trump is going to beat Hillary Clinton. No one saw it coming and as far as I can tell, they still don't know how or why they got surprised. Roseanne is why.
If a stupid joke from a television superstar leads to her annihilation even after a sincere and complete apology, why would Joe Sixpack ever venture to share an even mildly controversial opinion? You keep your head down and your mouth shut. When you get somewhere that is safe, you can talk (or vote), but in public, you say nothing.
That's how Trump shocked the world. The shock wasn't that Trump beat an unpopular harpy, it's that the public hid their opinions from the elites.
I wonder if Louis XVI and the French aristocracy were surprised when the peasants dispatched them.
|CNN's Anderson Cooper in happier times.|