Sanofi fires back at Roseanne: 'racism is not a side effect' of Ambien
In the sobering daylight after Roseanne Barr tweeted a racist jab at one of Barack Obama’s senior advisors, Barr is blaming her bad behavior on a late-night dose of Ambien. But the drug’s maker Sanofi is throwing off the association, taking to Twitter to raise an eyebrow at Barr’s defense.
People of all races, religions and nationalities work at Sanofi every day to improve the lives of people around the world. While all pharmaceutical treatments have side effects, racism is not a known side effect of any Sanofi medication.
— Sanofi US (@SanofiUS) May 30, 2018
Barr’s offensive tweet was directed at Valerie Jarrett, an African-American woman who was one of Obama’s top advisors during his presidency. Although quickly deleted from her account, the tweet was saved in perpetuity via screengrab and shared all over the internet.
The tweet got Barr’s new show — a renewed take on the popular “Roseanne” sitcom —immediately canceled, even after a successful first season. The show brought in an estimated $45 million in ad revenue for ABC, and was expected to bring in $60 million in its next season. But that ad revenue will never come, as Channing Dungey, president of ABC Entertainment explained.
From Channing Dungey, President of ABC Entertainment: “Roseanne’s Twitter statement is abhorrent, repugnant and inconsistent with our values, and we have decided to cancel her show.”
There was only one thing to do here, and that was the right thing.
— Robert Iger (@RobertIger) May 29, 2018