Normally, this would be a “man bites dog” story except that the celebrity in question was insulting Democrats.
Hollywood will tolerate a great deal of bad behavior from its own. You can cost a big budget movie premiere a couple of hundred million dollars by injecting your sexual politics into family franchises like Jon Kasdan, for example. Or you can call for the violent overthrow of the US government and launch the most imaginative attacks and threats against political figures and not see any blip in one’s career (Kathy Griffin being a rare exception). All of it is okay, as long as that celebrity has the correct politics.
Say George W Bush looks like a monkey? That’s fine. Compare Valerie Jarrett to an ape? Oooh, no way. That’s how it is. I mean…
I’m not defending Roseanne, of course. This is one for the “bitch shoulda known better” file. She should have known both that you cannot compare a black person to any non-human primate without being expelled from modern American society and that there is a double standard applied against people who hold the wrong political opinions.
Will this mean the destruction of her career, once and for all? Probably not, though it’s permanently crippled. The only thing I think is really a shame is that there was finally one show on prime time that was providing a different viewpoint and being wildly successful for it. It only looks worse that Roseanne blew it up by acting as racially insensitive as Trump supporters are so often accused of being and it makes it unlikely that anyone else will get another opportunity.
It goes to show a couple of things. First, being successful in entertainment provides no immunity when it comes to political incorrectness. #MeToo doesn’t have a monopoly on this, though it’s the newer phenomenon. Second, the Right needs to be a bit more choosy in terms of its standard-bearers. Hollywood is very much enemy territory and discretion is the better part of valor.