Roseanne Barr has blasted two co-stars for speaking out against her and is backing supporters who blame a liberal witch-hunt for her show’s cancellation.
In a return to Twitter, hours after claiming she was quitting the social media platform for good when her eponymous hit show was cancelled, Barr flipped from apologizing for her ‘bad joke’ about Obama adviser Valerie Jarrett to railing against her critics.
Michael Fishman, who played D.J. Conner on the show and started working with Barr when he was just six, was the first to feel the wrath of the show’s creator after he released a statement criticizing her racist tweet saying Jarrett looks like the lovechild of the ‘Muslim Brotherhood and Planet of the Apes’.
‘I condemn these statements vehemently,’ wrote Fishman, who is the father of a black daughter in the reboot.
‘They are reprehensible and intolerable, contradicting my beliefs and outlook on life and society. I have always lived and taught my children to be inclusive. I believe our show strived to embrace different backgrounds and opinions, through open dialogue.’
Barr was none too happy with that statement and fired back on Twitter. ‘I created the platform for that inclusivity and you know it. ME. You throw me under the bus. nice!’, she wrote.
Family Drama: Roseanne Barr returned to Twitter Tuesday evening hours after she announced that she was quitting the social media platform
Mother and son: She first went after Michael Fishman, who has a black daughter on the show and said Barr’s racist tweet about Valerie Jarrett was ‘reprehensible and intolerable’
Commander-in-chief: President Trump complained that ABC president Bob Iger ‘never … apologized for the HORRIBLE statements made and said about me on ABC’
But Fishman was not the only original cast member to take a stand, with Sara Gilbert, who played Roseanne’s daughter Darlene, also releasing a statement that very much echoed the one released shortly after by ABC cancelling the show.
‘Roseanne’s recent comments about Valerie Jarrett, and so much more, are abhorrent and do not reflect the beliefs of our cast and crew or anyone associated with our show. I am disappointed in her actions to say the least,’ wrote Gilbert, who was a producer on the reboot and largely responsible for reuniting the cast.
‘This is incredibly sad and difficult for all of us, as we’ve created a show that we believe in, are proud of, and that audiences love— one that is separate and apart from the opinions and words of one cast member.’
‘Wow! unreal,’ wrote Barr, who had confessed in earlier interviews to the difficult job Gilbert had of trying to rein in her impulse to tweet offensive comments.
However, she later followed up, tweeting: ‘No, I understand her position and why she said what she said. i forgive her. It just shocked me a bit, but I indeed f***ed up.’
She reiterated this soon after when a follower criticized Gilbert, saying: ‘She’s distancing herself from me and my tweet-she has to.’
A downcast Gilbert was photographed on her phone outside an LA restaurant yesterday as John Goodman, who played Barr’s husband Dan on the show, looked similarly bereft as he walked his dog in New Orleans.
Gilbert, who played Darlene Conner on the series, had earlier slammed Barr’s tweets as ‘abhorrent’
Weighing in: Gilbert, who is a producer on the reboot, let her disgust be known on Tuesday
Mommie dearest: Barr was at first outraged but then adopted a more understanding tone about Gilbert’s tweet
Coming clean: She then confessed to one follower that she ‘f***ed up’
The stars all have some free time on their hands after ABC swiftly cancelled the series on Tuesday.
Consulting Producer Wanda Sykes may have been the final nail in Barr’s coffin. She tweeted saying she was quitting the show moments after the storm took off.
‘I will not be returning to @RoseanneOnABC,’ announced Sykes on Twitter.
Shortly after ABC Entertainment President Channing Dungey released a damning statement and took the show off the air.
Other networks including Viacom also dropped reruns of the original Roseanne as the industry turned its back on the show and its star performer.
Another cast member Emma Kenney said she was preparing to quit the show when she learned of the cancellation.
‘I am hurt, embarrassed, and disappointed. The racist and distasteful comments from Roseanne are inexcusable,’ said Kenney.
‘As I called my manager to quit working on Roseanne, I was told it was cancelled. I feel so empowered by @IAmWandaSykes, Channing Dungey and anyone at ABC standing up for morals and abuse of power. Bullies will NEVER win.’
Barr has also now re-tweeted a number of offensive posts in hopes of showing that it was her politics that ultimately led to her termination.
She has made no secret of her affinity for President Trump, and he even called her the day after the show premiered to record ratings back in March.
President Trump himself also weighed in on Wednesday, writing: ‘Bob Iger of ABC called Valerie Jarrett to let her 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 didn’t get the call?’
Fake news: Roseanne retweeted a number of posts that included offensive remarks and one of a doctored image showing Whoopi Goldberg (right)
Digging a deeper hole: Roseanne also shared posts to support her disdain for Soros which contained inaccurate information (above)
Her fans seemed to agree with that statement.
‘Maybe if Roseanne had just lied about what she tweeted, blamed non-existent “hackers” and stuck to what was obviously a bogus excuse for weeks, the media would have immediately forgiven her. Oh I forgot, she’s a conservative. Totally different rules,’ Paul Joseph Watson, editor-at-large of Infowars, said in a tweet that was retweeted by Barr.
‘Normal Americans are watching in absolute shock as leftist maniacs indulge in yet another political sacrifice. It won’t end well for you guys,’ one Twitter user named Thomas Wictor wrote to also be retweeted by Barr.
She also blamed taking Ambien for her ‘mistaken’ comments about Jarrett before saying she ‘thought she [Jarrett] was white’.
She has denied her comments were racist and has furiously attacked those who claim they are.
She even tweeted at Jarrett directly, writing: ‘i don’t know if u saw it, but I wanted2 apologize to u 4 hurting and upsetting u with an insensitive & tasteless tweet. I am truly sorry-my whole life has been about fighting racism. I made a terrible mistake wh caused hundreds of ppl 2 lose their jobs. so sorry!’
In another tweet, Barr told her fans not to defend her.
‘Guys I did something unforgivable 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.’
Victim: Valerie Jarrett was born in Iran to African-American parents, and her great-grandfather was the first credited African American architect
Explanation one: Barr said she though Jarrett ‘was Jewish and Persian’ amid a bizarre flurry tweets penned late on Tuesday night
Quieting the crowd: Roseanne told her supporters to not try and defend her actions on social media
Post-rant apologies: She also released a general apology to Jarrett on Wednesday morning
When critics said Barr was using Ambien as an excuse, she got mad in several instances – saying she blamed herself not the drug.
‘no, i didn’t i blamed myself. stop lying. Yes, I have an odd ambien experiences on tweeting late at night-like many other ppl do. I BLAME MYSELF OK? it’s just an explanation not an excuse, Ok, bully?’ she responded in one instance.
Roseanne also tweeted early on Wednesday morning ‘I mistakenly thought she [Jarrett] was white’ and ‘I honestly thought she was Jewish and Persian’.
Jarrett was born in Iran to African-American parents and her great-grandfather was the first credited African American architect.
She said ‘the tone starts at the top’ during an MSNBC town hall with Al Sharpton, on Tuesday night, adding: ‘We like to look up to our President and feel as though he reflects the values of our country.’
‘First of all, I think we have to turn it into a teaching moment. I’m fine. I’m worried about all the people out there who don’t have a circle of friends and followers coming to their defense.
‘The person walking down the street minding their own business and they see someone clinging to their purse or walk across the street… or every black parent I know who has a boy who has to sit down and have a conversation, the talk as we call it.
‘Those ordinary examples of racism that happen every single day.’
Barr couldn’t resist backing those who supported her and claimed hypocrisy was at work.
Among hundreds of retweets Barr reposted comments including an image of Jarrett’s face next to a character from Planet of the Apes, a fake tweet claiming Jarrett had said she wanted to make America more Islamic, and a doctored image of Whoopi Goldberg wearing a t-shirt of Donald Trump shooting himself in the head.
Celebrities have joined the outcry against Roseanne and backed ABC for their decision to axe the show.
Fellow ABC network star Jimmy Kimmel said: ‘You’re not going to believe this but she tweeted something outrageous.
‘I know. The President did it too. It’s crazy.’
From Chelsea Clinton to Planet of the Apes: How Roseanne’s racist tweet-storm that got her show cancelled unfolded
Roseanne Barr’s hit show was pulled from ABC after she said former Obama aide Valerie Jarrett was the lovechild of the ‘Muslim Brotherhood and Planet of the Apes’.
But the scandal started in the early hours of Tuesday with tweets at an entirely different individual – Chelsea Clinton – concerning the fake rumor that she is married to a nephew of billionaire George Soros.
She then went on to rant about what she described as a Soros plot to overthrow America ‘by buying/backing candidates 4 local district attorney races who will ignore US law & favor ‘feelings’ instead-and call everyone who is alarmed by that ‘racist’.’
Following on from that, she called on Americans to unite against his narrative while throwing a reference to MK Ultra, a discontinued CIA program that right-wing conspiracy theorists believe is still ongoing, into the mix
It was during this rant that Barr made the comment ‘muslim brotherhood and planet of the apes had a baby=vj’, using Valerie Jarrett’s initials, that would see her show axed.
Barr subsequently deleted the tweet but not before it had been copied and shared across social media, leading to swift calls for her show to be pulled from the air.
After Barr’s now-infamous Planet of the Apes tweet had been sent, Clinton replied around 9am to say that she was not in fact married to a Soros, though she admired the work his foundation does.
Barr subsequently sent a Tweet apologizing to Clinton for the mistake, though launched another broadside at Soros by claiming he was a ‘Nazi’ who betrayed Jews during the holocaust.
The actress also launched a salvo at Clinton’s actual husband, Marc Mezvinsky, saying: ‘HER HUSBAND IS THE SON OF A CORRUPT SENATOR.’
Clinton’s father-in-law is a former congressman and convicted felon who in March of 2001 plead guilty to 31 of 69 felony charges of mail, bank and wire fraud.
But as the Clinton saga wound to a close Barr’s tweet about Jarrett was catching a massive amount of attention, forcing the actress to brand her remark ‘a joke’.
She also defended herself against allegations of racism by countering that Islam ‘is not a race’.
The remarks were not enough, however, and around an hour later she offered a full apology to Jarrett and announced that she would be leaving Twitter.
Shortly after midday Wanda Sykes, an African-American comedian and writer working on the Roseanne reboot, announced that she was walking away from the program.
Around an hour later ABC broke its silence over the controversy to say that Roseanne was being cancelled.
We now know that the network spent this time contacting Jarrett to apologize and inform her of the cancellation.
Barr later said that the network had bowed to pressure amid calls for a boycott of Roseanne’s advertisers, though ABC did not immediately respond to her remark.
In its statement, ABC said Roseanne’s remark was ‘abhorrent, repugnant and inconsistent with our values’.
Calling the show a ‘bigly’ hit for ABC, in echoes of President Trump, he added that it would be a huge blow to the network because ‘we don’t have much on’.
‘That said, I have an idea that I think makes this work for everyone,’ he said, before presenting a tongue-in-cheek trailer for ‘Dan’ with John Goodman stepping into Barr’s shoes.
Tom Arnold, who co-starred on the show from 1989 to 1993 and was married to Barr from 1990 to 1994, praised the decision to cancel the show.
‘Ton of respect for Bob Iger. Tough decision with financial consequences for his company but right for America,’ he wrote.
‘I am repulsed that Valerie Jarret 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.
‘You can take @RoseanneOnABC out of racism but you can’t take the racism out of @therealroseanne,’ Don Cheadle wrote.
‘I told y’all about Roseanne. I told you. So,’ author Roxane Gay added, to which Julianne Moore replied: ‘Yes you did. #FireRoseanne.’
Reverend Al Sharpton also criticized the comedian and called on ABC to ‘take action now’.
‘The comparison by Rosanne Barr on ABC of Former Obama aide, Valerie Jarrett to an APE is racist and inexcusable,’ he tweeted.
Tomi Lahren was a rare prominent conservative voice to hit out at Roseanne.
‘What Roseanne said was wrong,’ she tweeted. ‘I’m sure she knows that. She made a mistake.’
‘I don’t know why fellow conservatives are playing mental gymnastics trying to justify it. Come on. Wrong is wrong.’
Only Rosie O’Donnell appeared to lend some support to Roseanne, writing that she loved her ‘quite a bit’.
‘The comment Roseanne tweeted was racist and childish and beneath her best self,’ O’Donnell wrote.
‘She has apologized. Twitter is a dangerous place.’
Jarrett’s faith wasn’t the only conspiracy theory Barr tried to push on Tuesday.
The comedian also claimed that Chelsea Clinton was married to the nephew of George Soros, a rumor that was propagated by actor Scott Baio in 2016.
‘Chelsea Soros Clinton,’ Barr tweeted.
The theory was quickly and swiftly dismantled. Clinton is married to Marc Mezvinsky. Meanwhile, George Soros has two sons named Peter and Jeffrey Soros.
But Chelsea Clinton herself was quick to respond to Barr, writing: ‘Good morning Roseanne – my given middle name is Victoria. I imagine George Soros’s nephews are lovely people. I’m just not married to one.’
Barr first apologized to Clinton directly, tweeting: ‘Sorry to have tweeted incorrect info about you! Please forgive me!’
‘By the way, George Soros is a nazi who turned in his fellow Jews 2 be murdered in German concentration camps & stole their wealth-were you aware of that?’
In a separate tweet, Barr wrote: ‘I’m sorry-Chelsea Clinton IS NOT married to a nephew of George Soros-i apologize for the mistake!’
A spokesman for Soros has since vehemently denied Barr’s claims, calling the comments ‘insulting’ and an ‘affront to his family’.
‘[Mr Soros] did not collaborate with Nazis,’ the statement read. ‘He did not help round up people. He did not confiscate anybody’s property.’
‘Such allegations are insulting to the victims of the Holocaust, to all Jewish people, and to anyone who honors the truth.’
Soros was 13 when he and his family, who are Jewish, survived the Holocaust in Nazi-occupied Hungary by purchasing documents who claimed they were Christian.
While Roseanne Barr’s tweet about Jarrett was the final straw for ABC, the comedian has been stirring up controversy on Twitter for years.
Barr came under fire on the very night the revival of Roseanne premiered in April when she accused Parkland shooting survivor David Hogg of giving a ‘Nazi Salute’.
It appeared Barr was jumping on the conspiracy theory that Hogg and other survivors of the horrific school shooting were Nazis.
Barr swiftly took the tweet down and claimed that she had seen a ‘doctored’ image of Hogg.
But internet sleuths found a grab of Barr’s original tweet, which revealed she was commenting on picture of Hogg raising his fist at the March For Our Lives rally.
That same week, Barr also made headlines when she tweeted about a bizarre right-wing conspiracy theory claiming Trump broke up a pedophile ring created by Democratic politicians.
After the comedian’s most recent Twitter controversies came to light, Walt Disney President Ben Sherwood responded that ‘you can’t control Roseanne Barr’.
‘Many who have tried have failed. She’s the one and only,’ he added.
The revival of Roseanne was a ratings juggernaut when it premiered on ABC to a whopping 25 million viewers in April.
It’s surprising success even elicited a congratulatory phone call and tweet from President Donald Trump.
Ratings dropped steadily thereafter, with last week’s season finale garnering 10.33 million viewers.
ABC initially ordered 13 episodes for the second season and said the show would move away from its controversial politics and focus on family.
The show most recently came under fire for featuring an episode in which Barr’s character believes her new Muslim neighbors are terrorists.
Roseanne’s mention of the ‘Muslim brotherhood’ in her Tuesday tweet seems to be due to the long-running conspiracy theory that Jarrett is Muslim.
Jarrett, who was Obama’s senior adviser during his presidency, was born in Iran to American parents and lived in Shiraz for six years.
The family had moved to Iran because her father was part of a program that sent American physicians to help developing countries. He ran a children’s hospital.
There has never been any indication that Jarrett or her parents are Muslim.
Barr later claimed the comment was a ‘joke’ when she was called out on Twitter by CNN reporter Andrew Kaczynski.
‘ABC is doing their best to ignore some of these statements from Roseanne and she is making it really hard for them by taking it to the next level here,’ he wrote.
After Roseanne responded, Kaczynski replied: ‘understand it’s a joke, but can you see why some people think comparing a black woman to Planet of the Apes might be racist and find the Muslim Brotherhood reference to be conspiratorial and Islamophobic?’
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