Does art imitate life, or does life imitate art? I often wonder, and I’ve been asking the question more often since President Donald Trump took office last year. Now we have a cancelled TV show kick off “summer scandal season”, and I’m left to wonder: When can wrongdoers actually expect to face consequences?
But first, Roseanne
While I was working on another story yesterday, a story that involves real life family values, I saw the Google alert and avalanche of social media outrage over Roseanne Barr. This time she went on another tweetstorm, one that involved racial slurs against Obama administration Chief of Staff Valerie Jarrett and National Security Adviser Susan Rice, baseless conspiracy theories about Chelsea Clinton and George Soros, and all sorts of additional madness. In the past (as in, less than two months ago), Roseanne didn’t really have to worry about facing consequences for her actions.
But honestly she got what she deserved. As I tell my 4 year old, one makes a choice with one’s actions. Roseanne made a choice. A racist one. ABC made a choice. A human one.
— shonda rhimes (@shondarhimes) May 29, 2018
That changed yesterday. First, writer Wanda Sykes quit the show. Then, ABC cancelled the show. Then, Roseanne’s talent agency dropped her as a client. And finally, several other networks dropped syndication of the original “Roseanne” show. All of a sudden, Roseanne faced some real consequences for her poor decisions…
From one scandal-prone tweeting celebrity to another
Bob Iger of ABC called Valerie Jarrett to let her know that “ABC does not tolerate comments like those” made by Roseanne Barr. Gee, he never called President Donald J. Trump to apologize for the HORRIBLE statements made and said about me on ABC. Maybe I just didn’t get the call?
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) May 30, 2018
Except, of course, in the White House. Not only is Trump continuing to celebrate the bigotry and all around nuttiness that Roseanne embraces, but he’s also trying to make it all about himself by attacking ABC.
.@PressSec last night on Roseanne: "That’s not what the President is looking at. That’s not what he’s spending his time on. And I think that we have a lot bigger things going on in the country right now, certainly that the President is spending his time when it comes to policy." https://t.co/tnN97Gte83
— Hallie Jackson (@HallieJackson) May 30, 2018
Never mind that the White House claimed Trump had “bigger things going on” to care about “Roseanne”. Well, actually he does. He still can’t stick to a consistent story on the North Korea summit that may or may not happen. He still can’t stick to a consistent story on his campaign’s “hush money” payment to Stormy Daniels, or its relationship with the Russian government. And he still can’t stick to a coherent plan of action for immigrant children.
So yes, there are “bigger things going on”. And yes, for some reason Trump prefers to tweet at and about other celebrities than discuss his own record of accomplishment. Hmmm, I wonder why that is.
Quite the example they’re setting for our elected “leaders” at home
So why are we talking about two celebrities with a habit of posting offensive content on Twitter? Think about this: Actions have consequences. And yet, we continue seeing behavior from “leaders” at the very top of our political system that suggests otherwise.
.@SenDeanHeller didn't have media availability after chamber luncheon. I asked him for comment on practice of separating immigrant families at the border, he said "I've got to go to another event." #nvsen
— Michelle Rindels (@MichelleRindels) May 29, 2018
So why are we surprised that Senator Dean Heller (R) not only continues to run away from the press and whatever inconvenient questions we want to ask, but also refuse to address anything off his pre-set campaign script? And for that matter, why are we surprised that Attorney General and Gubernatorial hopeful Adam Laxalt (R) not only didn’t want to debate his fellow Republicans, but couldn’t even handle a pre-taped interview with questions he was bound to eventually face? Oh, and why are we surprised that Heller, Laxalt, and other prominent Nevada Republicans still won’t provide a clear answer on why they continue to associate with the Storey County Sheriff facing serious sexual harassment allegations?
It’s as if they simply don’t want to face the reality that actions have consequences. No, we can’t blame our own mistakes on Ambien, “fake news”, or anything or anyone else. We have to take responsibility for our own lives, even if the President of the United States refuses to set any kind of decent example.