That’s a new one! Roseanne Barr claimed she was leaving Twitter Tuesday after issuing a series of false and racist tweets, but she can’t seem to log off. Although her castmates and the crew on the rebooted Roseanne were quick to decry her tirade, ABC was just as quick to cancel the show, citing her “abhorrent” and “racist” tweets as the reason. But now, Barr claims that likening former Obama aide Valerie Jarrett to an ape ("Muslim brotherhood & planet of the apes had a baby=vj") was Ambien’s fault. She tweeted, "guys I did something unforgiveable so do not defend me. It was 2 in the morning and I was ambien tweeting -- it was memorial day too -- i went 2 far & do not want it defended -- it was egregious Indefensible. I made a mistake I wish I hadn't but...don't defend it please."
It seems to me she read all the negative comments online and in social media and came up with this excuse. Roseanne has a history of doing things like this. After David Hogg of Parkland HS became prominent in the media she tweeted "Nazi Salute." Gimme a break.
The makers of Ambien posted this:
People of all races, religions and nationalities work at Sanofi every day to improve the lives of people around the world. While all pharmaceutical treatments have side effects, racism is not a known side effect of any Sanofi medication.— Sanofi US (@SanofiUS) May 30, 2018
9 years ago #Roseanne did a photo shoot where she dressed as Hitler & removed burnt 'Jew cookies' from an oven.— 🌊ⒿⒶⓎ🇺🇸ⒷⓇⓄⓌⓃ🗽 (@TheMrJayBrown) May 29, 2018
These are not unfortunate misunderstandings. This is who #RoseanneBarr is. pic.twitter.com/wXhgmZtCsu
Can confirm @therealroseanne that after an extensive literature review, there have been no case reports of racism and bigotry associated with Ambien (zolpidem). #EvidenceBasedMedicine pic.twitter.com/30vJ7G7R8K— Vishal Patel (@VPatelMD) May 30, 2018
Roseanne Barr issued a shocking series of tweets Monday night and Tuesday before quitting the social media service. In response, ABC cancelled the reboot of her titular show.
Channing Dungey, president of ABC Entertainment said: "Roseanne's Twitter statement is abhorrent, repugnant and inconsistent with our values, and we have decided to cancel her show."
- The series reboot had been averaging a 5.5 rating among adults 18-49 and 19.3 million viewers.
- Among the bizarre allegations Barr made: falsely claiming Chelsea Clinton is married to George Soros’ nephew, repeating the false rumor that Soros is a Nazi sympathizer and lacing into President Obama’s former White House adviser Valerie Jarrett and claiming she is connected to the Muslim Brotherhood.
- One tweet went even further: "Muslim brotherhood & planet of the apes had a baby=vj,” Barr wrote, using Jarrett's initials. When users called her out for being a racist, she tweeted: "Muslims r NOT a race."
- Barr then later said the first tweet was a “joke.” Soon after, she apologized, tweeting: "I apologize to Valerie Jarrett and to all Americans. I am truly sorry for making a bad joke about her politics and her looks. I should have known better. Forgive me-my joke was in bad taste."
- Several social media users and celebrities immediately called for Barr’s ouster from ABC.
- "The comparison by Rosanne [sic] Barr on ABC of Former Obama aide, Valerie Jarrett to an APE is racist and inexcusable. ABC must take action NOW!," Rev. Al Sharpton tweeted.
- "I am repulsed that Valerie Jarret [sic] had that racist and bigoted 'joke' made at her expense and I am sickened that any Black or Muslim person has to keep hearing this sickness in 2018," Patricia Arquette tweeted.
- "Hey @ABC, Roseanne Barr compared Valerie Jarrett to an ape. There is no apology she can make that justifies @ABC turning a blind eye to this bigotry by airing another second of her show. Even in the Age of Trump, there are red lines that can never be crossed. This is one," Joe Scarborough tweeted.
- Wanda Sykes, a consulting producer for the show, quit in protest over Barr’s comments, before ABC had a chance to cancel the show.