Speak Your Mind: Own It or Learn From It

Earlier this month, Charles Dillahunt penned an article on this platform called Strange Times . He was alluding to the era that we're in in which people do/say whatever the hell they want. 

I think these strange times will end up helping us in the long run. It has exposed a lot public figures' inner most thoughts. It has caused influential celebrities that are normally quiet and reserved, to become outspoken and opinionated. Opinions that used to be hidden, or talked about it secret, are now out in the open.

Roseanne Barr, has been very outspoken and opinionated when it comes to her support of President Trump. This support is why her (and her character) had been a part of a very successful reboot of her sitcom Roseanne on ABC. Roseanne has a wild twitter account and will often feed into political conspiracy theories that don't really make any sense.

But earlier this week ABC felt as if she had crossed the line when she tweeted about a former advisor to President Obama, Valerie Jarrett. 

New York Times - ABC’s entertainment president, Channing Dungey, said in a statement that “Roseanne’s Twitter statement is abhorrent, repugnant and inconsistent with our values.”

There used to be a time when if someone was a racist or had racist thoughts, they could easily go unnoticed or undetected. However, now people's opinions are very quickly exposed and put into the national spotlight. If you don't have the presence of mind to THINK before you tweet something out, then just go for it, I mean why not. If it's racist/offensive we'll find out soon!

I'm a big fan of this, and although it's divisive at times, opening your mouth and stating your opinions/thoughts will only help enlighten others on how you truly think. For Roseanne, ABC was able to tolerate her behavior to an extent, but once she opened her mouth (twitter fingers) and insulted Valerie Jarrett, ABC wasn't happy.

If Roseanne truly believed what she said wasn't that big of a deal then she wouldn't have blamed her tweet on the prescription drug ambien.

Roseanne now doesn't know what to think, she doesn't know whether to defend her comments or to completely apologize. Shortly after, Sanofi, the makers of the drug, denied that ambien makes you tweet stupid shit.

No matter what it is that you say, either be prepared to OWN what you say or be prepared to be willing to LEARN from what you say. 

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