The Cultural Attaché
On 29 May 2018, ABC made it clear that they were definitely parting ways with Roseanne Barr and cancelling her sitcom reboot. In a statement by Channing Dungey, President of ABC Entertainment Group, she called Ms. Barr's Twitter statement (about Valerie Jarrett), "Abhorrent, Repugnant and inconsistent with our values, and we have decided to cancel her show."
Wanda Sykes, a consulting producer, had previously tweeted she was leaving the show. Sarah Gilbert who also starred along side John Goodman and Laurie Metcalf, called Ms. Barr's comments, "Abhorrent" and added, "and do not reflect the beliefs of our cast and crew or anyone associated with our show." Barr's own management company ICM Partners dropped her as a client. Hollywood had sent a clear message to Barr: 'You are not welcome here!'
Rosanne Barr is a "crass" showman from a bygone era where her antics included screeching of the Star-Spangled Banner, crotch holding and spitting on the ground, in the most vile display of disrespect for the National Anthem of the United States. She walked off the field to a crescendo of boos and horrified on-lookers, including President George H. W. Bush. Despite the bad press, Barr torpedoed onwards from Nazi salute to circulating "fake news" and spreading conspiracy theories that had no basis in truth. Barr's recent "targets" included George Soros, Chelsea Clinton and Valerie Jarrett.
Rosanne Barr returned after 20 years to a world that had changed. A world that was more vocal, more aware and more empowered through social media. It was also a world that gave rise to "Black Lives Matter" and the "MeToo" movement. Whilst the world had changed, Barr had not. Instead, she found a new forum on Twitter to spread her hatred, twisted values and mangled sense of "entitlement." She must have been emboldened by the likes and retweets, because for years since starting her Twitter account in 2011, she continued to kick up the storm of controversy with her grandiose sense of self in one narcissistic rant after another. Valerie Jarrett was the "nail on her coffin."
Barr could have been a role model, but now she will forever be a footnote for racial hatred and bigotry. ~GSSB
I launched The Cultural Attaché on Sunday 20 May 2018 because I was tired of seeing the SAME news reports in every media outlet. There were no fresh voices, just bland news that followed each other, with nothing relevant to say but to copy the same reports. Youtube used to be a place where the public could go to source out original stories, but it has become a cesspool of automated feeds, redundant coverages and; electronic voice overs.
The main stream media has glorified stories, instead of investigating them. In addition, “filter bubbles” are used to filter through “sameness” whilst filtering out “differences.” Regardless of which browser you use, you end up with the same redundant information. I use one browser, in particular, with great regularity but even duckduckgo can’t seem to get past the REDUNDANT storylines. I know for a fact that there are ORIGINAL voices out there writing, blogging, vlogging and reporting, but unfortunately, it is SUCH a challenge to cut through the noise and clutter to FIND them.
I personally don't want main stream media such as CNN telling me how to think or what is important. There was a time when I could search any story online and get several different opinions about it. Now, I have to go through the myriad of pages, using different search parameters to try to get to an original story. This is what our culture has become -- one BIG REDUNDANT BOREDOM. It appears that whenever anyone has any original thought, it gets squashed or put on page 10 of a Google search.
In addition to redundancy on the internet and main stream media, social media is all about likes and retweets. Based on how many likes and retweets you receive, you might get approved by Twitter to receive that "coveted" checkmark in the blue cloud that screams, "I am verified!" I was asked to re-authentic after I wrote an exposé on this process to get Twitter verified, but I did not respond. My goal is NOT to follow the herd. I REFUSE TO BE ORDINARY.
I intend for The Cultural Attaché to be an ORIGINAL voice among the herd. My opinions might not be popular, BUT I do not expound upon things I know nothing about and yes, I have received my fair share of criticism. Some have even accused me of being unfair on my Meghan Markle coverage.
Yes, it is TRUE I don't know Meghan Markle, but neither does every other media outlet who were making "judgments" based on subjective feelings. Unlike the media's "Halo Effect," I did not have a filtered lens. In fact, I reacted like most everyone else, joyous for the happy couple when I heard of the engagement, UNITL I saw the full engagement interview.
Perhaps it was my experience as a Civil Military Operations Specialist for the U.S. Army. Maybe it was my 25 years studying human behaviour, cultural diversity and sub-cultures in communities. I also had 20 years in the entertainment industry and over 30 years working with charities, on the Boards and Foundations. I believe the sum total of my experiences gives me credibility. In any event, I just felt that there was something "off" about Meghan Markle. It was more a "gut" feeing, more than anything tangible -- that came later.
I don't just report the story, I include relevant references and sources that readers could look up for themselves. The internet is a magical place and detrimental to those who want to forget about their past. It is because, whatever you or someone puts out there can be traced, re-discovered and re-called at a later date. Even if Meghan Markle deleted her Instagram and other social media accounts, her information had already been circulated, so it was easy to retrieve. What I did discover was a series of troubling, "calculated" and self-serving decisions made by the wannabe 'Princess' to, in essence, "bag her a Prince" and become part of the British Royal Dynasty.
When it comes to the Royals, I can trace my heritage back to the 15th Century Royal court. The British Monarchy has, in my opinion, become too "Ordinary" and that is what I believe. I am not a Royalist, Monarchist or a U.K. Republican. I am a researcher and investigator more interested in the story behind the story, than the story itself. If it "smells funny" or "too good to be true," my natural instincts to "go find the truth" kicks in. Perhaps, I do not like to be blind sighted. Perhaps I just don't trust some humans. Perhaps, I am just blunt. Most likely it is because I CAN handle the TRUTH...can YOU???
Gabrielle Bourne (GSSB)
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