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Roseanne Barr has just completed a Masterclass in which she should not apologize for a massive public curse.
Barr on Thursday's Fox News broadcast, Sean Hannity, asserted the backlash against the widely condemned racist tweet that led ABC to cancel her show was a huge misunderstanding.
The tweet implied that senior Obama advisor Valerie Jarrett was the scion of the Muslim Brotherhood and a monkey. Barr's defense? She did not know that Jarrett – who was born to American parents in Iran – was an African American.
"You could have toppled me with a pen when she said she was African American," Barr told Hannity the moment ABC executives asked her to explain the posting. "I thought she was in the Middle East."
Which means she thought it was okay to compare a person from a Middle Eastern country to a monkey's offspring – another serious stereotype.
There was no discussion about it the other time she called a black Obama official a monkey: a tweet from 2013 in which she said former security consultant Susan Rice was a man with the genitals of a monkey.
Barr insisted the Jarrett tweet was "political" rather than "racist" and linked to Barr's advocacy of Israel. But her awkward explanations have not really argued why she ever used such a language. The comic also claimed that a recent Jarrett video posted on YouTube said, "I thought the b **** would be white," was a joke.
"I made a mistake," Barr said of the original tweet. after a bit of nudging by Hannity. "And I lost everything."
Hannity dedicated his entire one-hour show Thursday to his conversation with Barr. It was hyped when the superstar comic's first TV interview after ABC dropped one of the TV's top-rated shows within hours of their post in May.
But, though she had an hour's time, Barr rarely spoke long about a topic, bouncing through various topics and defenses. In one part of the interview, the comic insisted that she did not want to hurt anyone or hurt anyone.
Another moment made fun of Jarrett's haircut after making a lengthy apology
"I'm so sorry you thought I was racist and you thought my tweet was racist because of that was not the case, "Barr said after Hannity asked what she wanted Tell Jarrett if they talked on the phone or if she saw his show. Barr looked at the camera and said, "I'm sorry you feel injured and hurt, I never meant that and I apologize."
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There was one question that Barr would not answer: whether she was paid by ABC when she agreed, after the cancellation of her sitcom Resistance to refrain The remaining performers and the crew developed a show without them The Conners debuted this fall
Barr said she had struggled with mental health issues, adding that she had several personalities who integrated a dozen years ago
"We could turn this into a really great, teachable moment," Barr told Hannity.
But if you watch a once great sitcom star, he really can not explain the racist outburst that ruined their careers, and they've seen everything they need to know.