In a cryptic Twitter message, the 65-year-old wrote, “I’m making restitution for the pain I have caused.” Restitution, by definition, is to restore something that has been lost. Question is, do her actions warrant restitution? That is to say, is there anything the longtime actress could even do to make up for what she has done?
The Internet has weighed in on that very question and the reactions are mixed, to say the least. Some individuals, presumably fans, are arguing that the mother-of-five was enacting her right to free speech while others maintain that this is an issue of racism.
“Why doesn’t anyone understand it has nothing to do with free speech and everything to do with being a racist?” commented one user. “Restitution? This is insane. Free speech is protected no matter how vile it is,” wrote another.
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Regardless of your stance, one thing is certain: Roseanne’s career has suffered immensely. Though fellow A-listers like Whoopi Goldberg think she can bounce back, as of now, it seems unlikely. ABC is already in talks to create a new a spin-off show and, no surprise, Roseanne will be completely exiled from the project.
As far as the plot is concerned, nothing has been definitively confirmed. However, sources have suggested that the series will be centered around Sara Gilbert's character, Darlene Conner. On Friday, June 1, sources close to the situation told TMZ that "the powers that be at ABC are exploring the possibility of re-branding the show and focusing on the character Darlene instead of Roseanne."