Roseanne Barr is definitely feeling the repercussions of her now infamously offensive tweet. She’s been known to make controversial comments over the years, but one post took it too far. In May 2018, she made a comment on social media about former Obama White House adviser Valerie Jarrett.
In reference to the fact that Jarrett is black and was born to American parents in Iran, Barr tweeted, “Muslim brotherhood & planet of the apes had a baby=vj.”
ABC didn’t take long to cancel the Roseanne reboot, costing the entire cast and crew their jobs. However, a month after the cancellation, ABC announced that a spinoff tentatively called The Conners would be coming to the network in the fall — including everyone but the show’s star and creator, Barr herself.
In her first interview since the scandal, Barr has admitted that she regrets her actions. While speaking with Rabbi Shmuley Boteach for a podcast, Barr gave a teary apology. “I apologize to anyone who thought, or felt offended and who thought that I meant something that I, in fact, did not mean,” Barr said. “It was my own ignorance, and there’s no excuse for that ignorance.”
“I’m a lot of things, a loud mouth and all that stuff,” Barr added. “But I’m not stupid for God’s sake. I never would have wittingly called any black person and say they are a monkey. I just wouldn’t do that. I didn’t do that. And people think that I did that and it just kills me. I’m just so sorry that I was so unclear and stupid.”
While she once again noted the use of Ambien the night of her racist tweet, she also stated, “I don’t excuse it. I horribly regret it. Are you kidding?”
“I lost everything, and I regretted it before I lost everything,” she claimed. “And I said to God, ‘I am willing to accept whatever consequences this brings because I know I’ve done wrong. I’m willing to accept what the consequences are,’ and I do, and I have. But they don’t ever stop. They don’t accept my apology or explanation. And I’ve made myself a hate magnet.”
In regard to the upcoming Roseanne spinoff, Barr noted that she agreed to back the new project without any financial involvement, according to the Huffington Post. “I agreed to the settlement in order that 200 jobs of beloved cast and crew could be saved, and I wish the best for everyone involved,” she said.
Barr actually admitted that when the Roseanne reboot came back to the air, ABC requested that she stay off of Twitter. Thanks to the reputation she’d already gained for making controversial comments, they knew she could say something to cause trouble for herself and for the show. As it turns out, they were right.
“When ABC hired me they asked me to get off Twitter, cause I’m always saying things, right?” Barr said. “And I told them, I promise I will get off Twitter, they said, cause you’ll shoot yourself in the foot if you’re on there. And my kids took it away from me, and the whole thing cause they said, ‘Mom, you’ve got to stop.’”
She probably wishes she’d have listened to ABC, as she claimed, “Sometimes you just say the wrong words and I should have known better.” Barr added, “I shouldn’t have done it. I wish to hell I wouldn’t have done it or be more clear with a few letters. I should have been better, and I wasn’t. And I caused a lot of pain.”
She issued an “apology” tweet to Jarrett on May 29, but it was already too late for Barr. “@ValerieJarrett i don’t know if u saw it, but I wanted2 apologize to u 4 hurting and upsetting u with an insensitive & tasteless tweet,” she wrote. “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!”
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