Controversial TV celebrity Roseanne Barr was canned from her network for a series of controversial tweets in late May, but she’s still trying to explain them – and the explanations are becoming even more confusing.
ABC abruptly cancelled the sitcom, a reboot of the original “Roseanne” show, after she tweeted a series of racist comments, including one about former Obama administration official Valerie Jarrett that said, “Muslim brotherhood & planet of the apes had a baby=vj.”
Barr later claimed that she wasn’t a racist, but that she was on Ambien – a commonly prescribed sleeping medication.
Sanofi, Ambien’s manufacturer, tweeted in response: “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.”
Even after apologizing and claiming the Ambien made her do it, ABC Entertainment President Channing Dungey said, “Roseanne’s Twitter statement is abhorrent, repugnant and inconsistent with our values, and we have decided to cancel her show.”
Then, after “forgiving” everyone who lashed out at her, Barr said that her original tweet about Jarrett was intended to bring awareness to anti-Semitism.
“Rod Serling wrote Planet of The Apes. It was about anti-semitism. That is what my tweet referred to-the anti semitism of the Iran deal. Low IQ ppl can think whatever they want,” Barr tweeted.
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