R.E.S.P.E.C.T.

R.E.S.P.E.C.T. … remember the song by Aretha Franklin?  Well, guess what folks — it needs to be re-released, for far too many have forgotten the word.  One of Donald Trump’s promises during his never-ending campaign was to ‘get rid of’ political correctness.  Now, as I said at the time, political correctness is nothing more or less than respect for others and their feelings.  Is it sometimes taken to extremes?  Maybe, but I would rather err on the side of kindness than not.  Today, two glaring examples of the ugliness Donald Trump has unleashed in the nation came to my attention, and I would like to share them with you, dear friends, just so you don’t forget what Trump has turned this nation into.


Remember how incensed some people, mostly republicans, were when Colin Kaepernick, on 01 September 2016, kneeled during the playing of the national anthem, rather than stand?  Of course you remember – it stirred so much hoopla that the NFL recently made a decision to force … yes, force … players who are on the field when the song is played, to stand.  Mr. Kaepernick took a knee as a very passive, peaceful form of protest against police brutality and systemic racism in this country.  In my book, he did the right thing and I admire & respect him for it.  But many so-called ‘patriots’ have been very vocal in their shunning and denigration of Mr. Kaepernick.  But now … we have another ‘celebrity’ who is using her platform to make a point.  She is none other than …

Roseanne Barr, the sitcom actress whose show, aptly titled Roseanne, made a comeback last year, thanks to the election of Donald Trump.  Personally, I’ve always found Roseanne to be a rather disgusting piece of work, and during the years since her sitcom ran its course and was cancelled in 1997, she has only become more vulgar and disgusting.  Still, the election of Donald Trump gave rise to a renewal of all things nasty & disgusting, and that included, unfortunately, Roseanne.

While Kaepernick is using his voice to try to fight injustice and save lives, Roseanne decided to use hers to attack former Obama White House adviser Valerie Jarrett with a tweet that was blatantly racist and Islamophobic.  Typical Roseanne.  Since her ‘comeback’ last year, Barr has been outspoken in her adoration of all things Trump, and has even helped the likes of Jones & Hannity peddle their ludicrous conspiracy theories.  Her mouth has no filter, and she has gotten by with far too much for far too long, issuing nasty tweets about Hillary & Chelsea Clinton, George Soros, and others.

Today, Roseanne Barr finally learned what it means to be held accountable for her actions, her words.  The uproar over her Twitter comments was immediate and palpable, with many, even among her own cast, dumbfounded.  Sara Gilbert, who played her daughter on the show, said …

“Roseanne’s recent comments about Valerie Jarrett, and so much more, are abhorrent and do not reflect the beliefs of our cast and crew or anyone associated with our show. I am disappointed in her actions to say the least.”

And one of the show’s writers, Wanda Sykes, said she would no longer write for the show.  Joe Scarborough was not alone when he called for ABC to discipline Barr …

“There is no apology she can make that justifies ABC turning a blind eye to this bigotry by airing another second of her show. Even in the Age of Trump, there are red lines that can never be crossed.”

And so, just a few short hours later, ABC made the following announcement:

“Roseanne’s Twitter statement is abhorrent, repugnant and inconsistent with our values, and we have decided to cancel her show.”

Score one for decency and common sense – traits that seem invisible in the era of Trump.  Thumbs up to ABC, even though I suspect they did it more to avoid a public relations nightmare than out of any sense of values.  Still, these days, I take what I can get.


And a second abomination slid across my radar screen today, also from the entertainment industry.  Video game developer Valve Corp is coming out with a new video game on June 6th.  The game will be called ‘Active Shooter’.  Now, there is nothing new about violence in video games these days, with titles like Hatred, Postal, Carmageddon, etc., so this one might not have raised many eyebrows … except for its premise.  It takes place in a school, and the player is the shooter, seeing how many cops and ‘civs’, short for civilians, he or she can plow down.

Needless to say, there are a whole lot of parents up in arms, particularly those whose children have been killed in school shootings this year.  Valve Corp responded to the uproar by saying that it doesn’t promote any kind of violence.  WHAT???  Shooting kids with an assault weapon is not violence???

There is a petition at Change.org petition calling for the game’s release to be cancelled. When I signed it this morning, it had over 75,000 signatures and when I checked just a few minutes ago, it was over 95,000.  I don’t know how much good signing the petition does, but hopefully it sends a message.  An even better message, if the company goes through with the game’s release, would be if nobody bought the game.  Miss Goose, a video game expert, tells me that a similar game was released at some point after the Columbine shootings.  Where, people, are we headed???  sad

55 thoughts on “R.E.S.P.E.C.T.

  1. Dear Jill,

    I am just thrilled to see peoples pushing back like with the game “active shooter” which hopefully will get it off the shelves.

    ABC was inundated with tweets pushing against Roseanne Barr’s racist comments. There were already peoples talking about boycotts and companies having discussions pulling advertising dollars. ABC owned by Disney smartly acted quickly. Every voice does count.

    TV stations that carry her reruns are cancelling them. Her talent agency dropped her. I feel sorry for all the other peoples who worked on her show getting the ax.

    Hugs, Gronda

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    • Yes, they have decided NOT to release the game, due to the public outcry. I wouldn’t be surprised if they try again later, after the dust settles, but for now it is not to be released. Roger told me that when he went to sign the petition, there were already 300,000 signatures … more than twice the number they were hoping for!

      Yes, Roseanne got exactly what she deserved. I, too, feel badly for the other people on the show and the writers, directors, etc. But it was what needed to happen. The show should never have been resurrected, for it was intended by be a pro-Trump show and to stir controversy. I think ABC got more than it bargained for. 😉

      Hugs!!!

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  2. I am encouraged by the swift response by the media and agency folk’s response to Roseanne Barr, ok some might say it maybe for commercial reasons, but at least they ‘get’ the idea how ordinary folk feel about such stuff.
    As for the ‘product’? The concept would have fitted in a cutting edge satire and even then a risky proposition. but for someone to actually put this together??? …….WTF!!!
    As I write the petition is getting near 300,000 and it looks as if they are pulling the game anyway…..jerks!

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    • This whole Roseanne thing has gone nuts!!! She tweeted over 100 times today, Trump is now demanding an apology for all the times ABC was ‘mean’ to him, Fox is defending Roseanne’s free speech rights. Ay ay ay!!! Who’s got time or energy for it all???

      I am thrilled by the number of signatures that petition got, and by the fact that our voices were, for once, actually heard!

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    • Thank you, dear friend! Yes, it starts at the top … we look to our ‘leaders’ for an example. Sadly, today we have no leaders. But fortunately, most of us already knew right from wrong. I still believe that it is a small number that still need to be told what to do. Sigh. Hugs!!!

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  3. Did you know, Jill, that the other three stations that were carrying Roseanne’s reruns ALSO cancelled her shows. Now she will receive NO royalties from them, and, of course, neither will the other cast members. To say they’re upset with her is putting it mildly. Maybe we need to hit her kind in the pocketbook, h?

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  4. With Roseanne… I’m not surprised. But I’m dumbstruck that a video game company would create and release a game like that… ever. But this year, of all years when there have been almost as many school shootings as there have been weeks in the year. I just can’t.

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  5. I do not Twitter, Tweet, Facebook or any of the other myriad of social media methods and even this nonuser knows that once it is out there it is out there. Why then, does anyone think that they can spit out vile things and later apologize only if the backlash becomes severe? An apology doesn’t always cut it. I am admittedly old fashioned and becoming increasingly proud of it. When I was a child and questioned why a behavior was not acceptable, my mother’s response was “It just isn’t done” and it wasn’t and it still shouldn’t! Sadly, Roseanne Barr will most likely continue on somewhere else after the heat dies down. A game called Active Shooter…it just isn’t done, it shouldn’t be, but it probably will…unless enough people say “enough”! Thank-you!

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    • My hat is off to you for not giving in to the lure of social media! I rarely do anymore, but there was a time that I spent far too much time on Facebook. You are quite right … I well remember that phrase, “it just isn’t done”, and it seems to have fallen into disuse today, as have so many others. The good news is that, in light of the hue and cry, the makers of the video game have decided NOT to release it, so for the time being, our voices made a difference. Let’s hope people start saying “Enough!” soon. Say ‘Hi” to Benjamin for me!

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  6. I read about Roseanne just before I read your post, Jill, and she’s been axed! Yay. As for that game, its blatant profiteering from the pain of others. Signed the petition to have it cancelled. I swear, some companies are run by full on sociopaths. 😦

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  7. I am truly sick and tired of people insisting that violence does not beget violence — that playing violent games does not instill in the young a desire to turn loose their baser instincts. We know too much about human behavior and indeed the behavior of all animals who learn by imitation. Given that we all have violent impulses and that as we grow we learn how to channel them (or we should) into something creative or at least socially acceptable (such as humor), the claim that this sort of game will not encourage those who play it to let loose is patently absurd. Freud is having a laugh!
    I will not comment of the Rosanne episode. You did a splendid job with that. Enough said!

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    • @ Hugh I have to disagree with you. I grew up with very violent TV cartoons for kids. I have served in two branches of the US military. I carried a gun for much of my working adult life. I play first person shooter games on my computer and my gaming consoles. I have never, but never, thought of shooting or causing violence against my fellow citizens as long as there was no threat of death or bodily harm to myself or others.

      I agree the game is in bad taste and I think it is poorly made and shouldn’t be played. It is another attempt by Russia to tear the US people apart. However those things like TV shows and video games have no relationship to school shootings and other violent acts. There is no evidence of that idea. It is simply a talking point to not address the real issues. Remember that other countries have the same games, in fact Japan has some really violent and degrading games not in the US, yet these countries do not have our levels of violence. Be well. Hugs

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    • Thanks Hugh! I share your thoughts … people, especially young people, learn by example, and the example set by these sorts of games is not the one I would like to see them learn from. On the side of good news, I read last night that the company will NOT be releasing the game, in light of such strong public opinion. Not to say they might not try to slip it through a bit later, but for now, score one for sanity.

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  8. Reblogged this on NANMYKEL.COM and commented:
    Almost makes me believe in “possession,” which Webster’s Dictionary describes as “domination by something (as an evil spirit, a passion or an idea)” and “another “a psychological state in which an individual’s normal personality is replaced by another.” I’m reblogging.

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    • Many thanks for the re-blog!!! Yes, one wonders how these people think the way they do. I’ve posited that it could be something in the water or the air. 😉 Actually, I suspect it’s simple idiocy compounded by greed and arrogance. Sigh. Thanks again!

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  9. We took note this morning of how far greedy people are willing to go to make a buck. Well, I hope on “Active Shooter” they lose every buck they invested in getting it to market. And the FBI should take note of every purchaser, and investigate the buyers. This would be a civil rights violation, no doubt, but if it prevents school shootings it is worth it.
    And please don’t anyone tell me it will help potential shooters take out their frustrations in a non-violent way. The more proficient a possible shooter becomes, the more confidence he or she will gain by practising various assault styles and weapons. The more proficient a shooter becomes, the more likely they will be to make the game reality!

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    • Actually, I read late last night that the game will not be released after all. So, perhaps the petition did some good, or at least our voices were heard. And no, I would never be so foolish as to think such a game would help shooters relieve their frustrations in a non-violent way. I think such games likely exacerbate those violent tendencies … make the kids want to act the out in real-time. Not that we will ever get rid of all the violent video games, but this one was just particularly obnoxious and dangerous.

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        • @rawgod & jilldennison you keep forgetting these games are world wide. No company makes a game for a domestic audience only. The truth is the shooter game was done by a known troll and the fact is the distribution on Steam was cancelled, which killed the game. Steam then pulled all the games by this troll. Video games may not be to everyone’s taste, but hey do not add to gun violence. The reason we know this is because the games are world wide and gun violence is maximised in the USA. So tell me people what is the main difference? The availability of guns! Guns accessible to anyone with a cause or a urge to use them. Guns some people think they need to take to Mcdonalds and Walmart in case the burgers and the store merch fights back. It is not the bad taste games, the shooter games, the puzzle games…It is the dang guns. Our culture doesn’t want to see this, but it is really the only difference between our country and the rest of the dang world. This is proven fact. The data shows this. We need to deal with it. Hugs

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