Wanda Sykes Takes Her Talents Elsewhere

Writer, Comedian and Producer, Wanda Sykes parted ways with the Roseanne show. According to a tweet from Wanda, herself, she’s not returning to Season 2 of Roseanne. Though no further explanation was offered, many suggest Wanda’s departure is in direct relation to Roseanne tweeting that Valerie Jarrett, one of President Obama’s former aides looks like “Muslim Brotherhood & Planet of the Apes had a baby.” Yep, Roseanne tweeted that.

As much as we want to, “keep black folk working,” we appreciate Wanda for stepping off of the Roseanne show. Real power is being able to walk away from situations that you deem inappropriate or out of sync for your brand and your life. Real power is being able to pay your bills even though you turned down some money. To our knowledge, Wanda has not stated why she’s leaving. But, still, if we can read between the lines, we know that tweet wasn’t cool.

 And at the end of the day, no matter why Wanda stepped off, we respect her for it. 

Though Roseanne has since stated she was “joking,” the joke was offensive. And, it speaks to Roseanne’s mindset. For Roseanne to make such a vile statement, she must think many black people look like primates. So, it’s not simply what Roseanne said about President Obama’s former adviser, its the likelihood that she thinks like that about black people on a whole. That’s sad and not deserving of an association with ABC who has tons of black and brown viewers.

We will continue to support Wanda Sykes and all of her comedic, producing and writing endeavors. Wanda can reach out to us at any time to help her promote her projects. And, we will remain watchful of ABC and see how they handle this situation. As for Roseanne…

We will not be watching your show, no matter how many times they reboot it, resuscitate it, and bring it back to life.