Valerie Jarrett Calls Roseanne Barr’s Racist Tweet a ‘Teaching Moment’

May 29, 2018, 10:17 PM UTC

Former Obama White House senior advisor Valerie Jarrett responded to a racist tweet by comedian Roseanne Barr and the subsequent cancellation of Barr’s television show on Tuesday, calling it a “teaching moment.”

“First of all, I think we have to turn it into a teaching moment,” Jarrett said during an MSNBC town hall called Everyday Racism in America that was scheduled to broadcast on Tuesday. “I’m fine. I’m worried about all the people out there who don’t have a circle of friends and followers coming to their defense.”

Jarrett continued by saying she was more concerned about “every black parent I know who has a boy, who has to sit down and have a conversation, ‘the talk,’ as we call it, and as you say, those ordinary examples of racism that happen every single day.”

ABC cancelled Barr’s show, Roseanne, on Tuesday after she a tweet she posted sparked outrage from both social media users and those involved with the show. Barr tweeted “muslim brotherhood & planet of the apes had a baby=vj,” Jarrett’s initials.

According to Jarrett, Disney’s CEO Robert Iger called her personally to apologize and to tell her that the show was being canceled. Disney owns ABC.

“He wanted me to know before he made it public that he was canceling the show,” Jarrett said, according to MSNBC.

The talent agency ICM also dropped Barr, following the tweet.

Barr, who has a history of controversial remarks, later apologized on Twitter calling the remarks a “joke.”