ABC show, Roseanne Barr took to Twitter today to proclaim "I'm not a racist" despite the fact that it's been a big hit.
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Barr's defense came after she was issued an apology to Valerie Jarrett, the former adviser to President Barack Obama and the target offensive Monday morning tweet. She slammed some of her former co-stars and retweeted defenses of her racist comments that prompted ABC to cancel her hit TV series.
"I'm not a racist, I never say," Barr tweeted Wednesday afternoon. "One stupid joke in a lifetime of fighting 4 civil rights 4 all minorities, against networks, studios, at the expense of my nervous system / family / wealth wants to NEVER b taken from me."
Barr tweeted multiple apologies to Jarrett Jarrett was the product of a combination of "Planet of the Apes" and the Muslim Brotherhood. She quickly deleted the tweet but it drew widespread condemnation and the cancellation of her self-titled series reboot after one season.
President Donald Trump, whom Barr is an unabashed supporter of, weighed in for the first time on the controversy. While Trump did not defend Barr's tweet on Jarrett, he did not mention it at apologetic call from Bob Iger, the chief executive officer of Disney, ABC's parent company.
"Bob Iger of ABC called Valerie Jarrett to let it know that." ABC does not tolerate comments like those made by Roseanne Barr. Gee, he never called President Donald J. Trump to apologize for the HORRIBLE statements made and said about me on ABC Maybe I just did not get the call? "
Bob Iger of ABC called Valerie Jarrett to let her know that "ABC does not tolerate those like comments" made by Roseanne Barr. Gee, he never called President Donald J. Trump to apologize for the HORRIBLE. Maybe I just did not get the call?
̵1; Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) May 30, 2018
During this afternoon's press briefing, Sarah Sanders said Trump was only calling out "media bias."
"Nobody is defending what she said [Barr]," Sanders said.
I'm not a racist, I never wanna be. One stupid joke in a lifetime of fighting 4 civil rights 4 All minorities, against networks, studios, at the expense of my nervous system / family / wealth wants
– Roseanne Barr (@thereal roseeanne) May 30, 2018
Channing Dungey, President of ABC Entertainment: "Roseanne's Twitter statement is abhorrent, repugnant and inconsistent with our values, and we have decided to cancel her show."
There was only one thing to [here]
– Robert Iger (@RobertIger) May 29, 2018
Within minutes of her apology to Jarrett, Barr quickly began retelling defenses of her comments and later this morning criticized "Roseanne" co-stars Sara Gilbert and Michael Fishman, who both released statements.
Fishman, who played Barr's son D.J. Tweet, say, "we must stand-up against; bias, hatred, bigotry, and ignorance." Conner on both the original and the reboot, tweeted "today is one of the hardest days of my life" and condemned her.
Barr, 65, responded, "I'll throw you under the bus. Nice!"
She responded simply "Wow! Unreal" to Gilbert's statement from Tuesday calling Barr's tweet "abhorrent."
– Roseanne Barr (@therealroseanne) May 30, 2018
Barr tweeted or retweeted over 70 messages after her initial apology to "the hundreds of people, and wonderful writers" (all liberal) and talented actors who lost their jobs on my show due to my stupid tweet. "She sent dozens more direct replies to Twitter users.
Many of the tweets defended Barr's comments, saying she was not racist and attempting to spot the perceived hypocrisy on Disney's part. Jarrett was black, first saying she believed she was Saudi then Jewish and Persian and finally that she believed Jarrett was white .
She blamed the initial Tweet about Jarrett on the sleep medication Ambien. The first of those tweets said, "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."
Sanofi US, the biopharmaceutical company that makes Ambien, responded to Barr's tweet Wednesday morning, condemning her excuse that she was "ambien tweeting."
"Sanofi medication," the company says, "Sanofi every day to improve the lives of people around the world." said in a tweet.
People of all races, religions and nationalities working at Sanofi every day to improve the lives of people around the world. Sanofi medication
– Sanofi US (@SanofiUS) May 30, 2018
As for Barr, she finally signed off at 3 a.m., tweeting, "Thanks for all your kid comments, everyone! Love u all goodnight."
Paul Watson, editor-in-large.
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