Roseanne Barr is like that racist aunt that you keep “forgetting” to invite to Thanksgiving dinner, but who shows up anyway and manages to top herself every time. No matter how often the sitcom star is checked by people on Twitter, she continues to tweet racist conspiracy theories and write them off as “free speech” and “jokes.”
This weekend, Roseanne took it too far, though (although let’s be real, she has consistently been taking it too far.) She tweeted that former Obama White House advisor Valerie Jarrett was what you would get if the Muslim Brotherhood and the Planet of the Apes film had a baby. Jarrett is from Iran and is African American–the intent of the disgusting tweet is clear.
— Amee Vanderpool (@girlsreallyrule) May 29, 2018
The 65-year-old then tweeted and retweeted a slew of tweets linking Chelsea Clinton to billionaire donor George Soros, calling Soros a Nazi and accusing him of trying to overthrow the government. Clinton has no ties to Soros and the tweets are just par for the course for Barr.
She also tweeted that she was against the Obamas signing a deal with Netflix to produce content for the streaming service.
It’s cool, not like there’s a reality star who is acting as the sitting president. But go off, I guess?
After experiencing some backlash, the sitcom actress then tweeted:
Is that a chorus of angels singing “Hallelujah?” Why do I suddenly feel warm all over? Does this mean Donald Trump is next?
But before she left, she tweeted one last apology saying that her “joke” about Valerie Jarrett was “in poor taste” and that she was sorry.
People are calling for a ABC to cancel the reboot of Roseanne, which has already been renewed for a second season.
Rosanne Barr, star of an ABC sitcom, posted a series of blatantly racist and conspiratorial tweets.
ABC has said nothing. https://t.co/WHpToWunhz
— Judd Legum (@JuddLegum) May 29, 2018
#Rosanne is who she tells you she is with every comment and tweet.
— Josh Gad (@joshgad) May 29, 2018
ABC reportedly canceled a Blackish episode centered on Colin Kaepernick’s protest and Rosanne Barr is out here calling Black people monkeys on Twitter. pic.twitter.com/FOxmIdDYMH
— Erick Fernandez (@ErickFernandez) May 29, 2018
— Benjamin Dixon (@BenjaminPDixon) May 29, 2018
By giving Rosanne a show, @ABCNetwork knowingly inflated the platform of a well-known, unapologetic racist. They can't pretend they didn't know. Anything short of cutting all ties with her now is a profound endorsement of her racism.
— (((YousefMunayyer))) (@YousefMunayyer) May 29, 2018
The comparison by Rosanne Barr on ABC of Former Obama aide, Valerie Jarrett to an APE is racist and inexcusable. ABC must take action NOW!
— Reverend Al Sharpton (@TheRevAl) May 29, 2018
Wanda Sykes, who was one of the head writers on the sitcom, is also refusing to return.
I will not be returning to @RoseanneOnABC.
— Wanda Sykes (@iamwandasykes) May 29, 2018
We’re wondering if any other actors or writers will take Micheal Green, writer and producer, up on this offer:
Any actor who quits Rosanne in protest has a job on my next show.
— Michael Green (@andmichaelgreen) May 29, 2018
Or how about we just air that episode of Blackish that ABC pulled for being too political and watch it on a loop instead of Roseanne? Just a thought!