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    I was thinking about Rosanne, and the various things I have learned from our discussions here, and I can't help but feel, even though she was wrong, like the punishment may have not fit the crime.

    In part, because this one tweet does not constitute everything that she is. Also, because its ugliness makes us want to take immediate action. So we end up killing her show, firing hundreds of people, and losing something that millions of people enjoyed.

    Some of things I read here include her wanting to have a black girlfriend for her white child, her wanting to have a gay character (which I guess the request was turned down), and stuff like that. She also partners with black people, like Wanda Sykes. So it does not feel like hate black people in general, but perhaps she just hates liberals in politics and gets stupid when trying to insult them.

    The internet is always a lynch mob when it comes to justice. So, it makes me think that even though she was wrong, and stupid too, perhaps all that happened was more than needed to.

    Interested in your thoughts.

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    I don't think "the mob" had much of an impact in this case. The time between Roseanne's tweet and the cancellation announcement was a matter of a few hours. That's not nearly enough time for "the mob" to react. As I recall, ABC had made their decision by 9:00am (PST), and announced it about 90 minutes later. Sponsors didn't have TIME to consider dropping their advertising.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Djinn View Post
    I don't think "the mob" had much of an impact in this case. The time between Roseanne's tweet and the cancellation announcement was a matter of a few hours. That's not nearly enough time for "the mob" to react. As I recall, ABC had made their decision by 9:00am (PST), and announced it about 90 minutes later. Sponsors didn't have TIME to consider dropping their advertising.

    I agree. "We" didn't do jack shit.
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    True. A business decision. But still, I think it was made in part because of what the Internet mob does.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Chief View Post
    True. A business decision. But still, I think it was made in part because of what the Internet mob does.

    You can think that, if it pleases you, but I see no available evidence to substantiate your hypothesis. Certainly, without the Internet, Roseanne couldn't Tweet about her bigotry and fascination with wild-eyed conspiracy theories, but she could still speak or write about them, and plenty of TV personalities were fired for their public behavior long before the Internet even existed.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Chief View Post
    True. A business decision. But still, I think it was made in part because of what the Internet mob does.
    The mob, aka, the Political Correct fanatics.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Slartibartfast View Post
    The mob, aka, the Political Correct fanatics.

    Only now they're whining in support of political correctness.

    #TrumpCult #Hypocrites
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    Quote Originally Posted by Chief View Post
    I was thinking about Rosanne, and the various things I have learned from our discussions here, and I can't help but feel, even though she was wrong, like the punishment may have not fit the crime.

    In part, because this one tweet does not constitute everything that she is. Also, because its ugliness makes us want to take immediate action. So we end up killing her show, firing hundreds of people, and losing something that millions of people enjoyed.

    Some of things I read here include her wanting to have a black girlfriend for her white child, her wanting to have a gay character (which I guess the request was turned down), and stuff like that. She also partners with black people, like Wanda Sykes. So it does not feel like hate black people in general, but perhaps she just hates liberals in politics and gets stupid when trying to insult them.

    The internet is always a lynch mob when it comes to justice. So, it makes me think that even though she was wrong, and stupid too, perhaps all that happened was more than needed to.

    Interested in your thoughts.
    Nicely thought out and stated. Certainly two sides to most stories.

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    Quote Originally Posted by NightSwimmer View Post
    You can think that, if it pleases you, but I see no available evidence to substantiate your hypothesis. Certainly, without the Internet, Roseanne couldn't Tweet about her bigotry and fascination with wild-eyed conspiracy theories, but she could still speak or write about them, and plenty of TV personalities were fired for their public behavior long before the Internet even existed.
    Why did she hire Wanda Sykes? Why does she add a black girlfriend for her son in the show?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Slartibartfast View Post
    The mob, aka, the Political Correct fanatics.
    Sure. Like the White House.

    https://deadline.com/2018/05/white-h...ne-1202400899/

    Don't think that righties are immune.

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