Cancelling Roseanne

Last week, after its leading star publicly made racist remarks about an Obama-era official, ABC decided to cancel its hit show Roseanne. Once a bulwark of working-class American life in mainstream media, its star Roseanne Barr had in recent years become the cliche of a right-wing conspiracy theorist.

But ABC’s decision to scrap Roseanne raises questions about about our relationship to art in the social media age: how do we separate art and the artist? And do we lose something by excluding art made by problematic individuals?

To help us wade through these questions, The Daily‘s Sam Baran by Professor Sarah Joseph, Director of the Castan Centre for Human Rights Law at Monash University.

You can find Professor Joseph’s writing on the subject here for The Conversation.

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