'Roseanne' Canceled After Star's Racist Tweets

30 May, 2018, 19:32 | Author: Donna Miller
  • ABC cancels 'Roseanne' following Roseanne Barr's racist Twitter rant

Sanofi, the pharmaceutical company behind Ambien, has put out a statement knocking Roseanne Barr for seemingly blaming its drugs for her racist tirade this week.

Roseanne Barr has responded to a few of her Roseanne co-stars' tweets that slammed her racist comment about Valerie Jarrett, which led to ABC cancelling the highly rated reboot.

Barr tweeted that what she did was unforgiveable and urged supporters not to defend her.

"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", Barr said in a tweet Tuesday night. In the post, Barr compiled a list of "direct attacks" she alleged that the Obama White House had made on the Bill of Rights, which she said included "contriving false flag terror attacks to remove the 2nd amendment (Boston Marathon; case in point)". "Not giving excuses for what I did (tweeted) but I've done weird stuff whole on ambien - cracked eggs on the wall at 2am etc".

Jarrett noted that the brouhaha over Barr's tweet came on the same day that 175,000 Starbucks employees were undergoing implicit-bias training that stemmed from an incident in April in which two African-American men were arrested at a Philadelphia Starbucks for occupying a table without making a purchase.

"I'm anxious about all the people out there who don't have a circle of friends and followers who come right to their defense - the person who's walking down the street minding their own business and they see somebody cling to their purse or run across the street", she said.

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Rosie O'Donnell called Barr's tweets "racist" and "childish" but overall seemed to accept the actress' apology. In another tweet, Barr called billionaire Democratic donor and Holocaust survivor George Soros "a Nazi" who "turned in his fellow Jews 2 be murdered in concentration camps & stole their wealth".

Gilbert was then forgiven soon after by Roseanne, who tweeted: 'no, I understand her position and why she said what she said. i forgive her.

In her responses to other tweeters and followers, she says she feels she's been punished enough, and wants to tell her side of the story now, including that she thought Valerie Jarrett was white, Jewish or Persian, and therefore it was okay to joke about her. Through her selection of retweets, Barr implied that she was sacked over her support for President Trump. It just shocked me a bit, but I indeed f***ed up'.

Barr also continued to tweet about George Soros, a liberal donor who has been painted as the villain in many right-wing conspiracy theories.

He did not specify what anti-Trump comments have been made on ABC.

Three weeks earlier, "Roseanne" was the toast of ABC's annual presentation of its programming plans to advertisers.

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