Gospel artist Kirk Franklin has commended ABC for cancelling Roseanne Barr's racist tweet. in her now infamous tweet, the sitcom actress compared African-American woman Valerie Jarrett, a former adviser to President Barack Obama, to an ape. Her offensive remark led Walt Disney's network ABC to cancel their No. 1 show, a revival of the "Roseanne" sitcom.
"I am proud of ABC for standing up against racism by canceling 'Roseanne' in light of her racist tweets," Franklin wrote on an Instagram post. "But will still pray that her heart is changed by this moment."
The singer capped off his post with the phrase, "People over money," celebrating ABC's choice to stand up against racism despite the financial loss due to the cancellation.
Barr has revealed that she has "begged" ABC executives to keep her show on air before the network swiftly axed the hit sitcom. She wrote in a tweet on Thursday about her meeting with her boss Ben Sherwood, president of the Disney-ABC Television Group that she begged him to save people's jobs.
Barr said: "I begged Ben Sherwood at ABC 2 let me apologise & make amends. I begged them not to cancel the show.
"I told them I was willing to do anything & asked 4 help in making things right. I'd worked doing publicity 4 them 4 free for weeks, travelling, thru bronchitis. I begged 4 ppls jobs."