The Insane Reason Roseanne Barr Thinks Michelle Obama Was Involved In Her Show’s Cancellation
In the midst of classic TV show revivals, Roseanne made a return to the air two decades after its final episode. Ratings were sky-high when the reboot premiered, and it had officially been renewed for a second season. Despite its success, many were unhappy with ABC’s decision to keep Roseanne on the air, thanks to star Roseanne Barr’s regularly controversial comments.
However, Barr ended up losing her platform once one of her racist tweets took it too far. She’s had a lot to say since her show’s cancellation, but now, she’s putting the blame on Michelle Obama. Here’s the theory she’s supporting regarding the former first lady (page 5), as well as what President Donald Trump has said about the ordeal (page 7).
1. Barr crossed the line with her racist tweet
Barr has been known to make controversial statements in the past, but one racist tweet took it way too far. The offending tweet was in reference to former Obama White House adviser Valerie Jarrett, who is black and was born to American parents in Iran.
Barr tweeted, “Muslim brotherhood & planet of the apes had a baby=vj.”
Next: We can’t believe how quickly they acted.
2. ABC promptly canceled Roseanne
Despite Roseanne’s high ratings for ABC, the network didn’t hesitate in pulling the plug on the show after Barr’s tweet. Channing Dungey, president of ABC Entertainment, issued a statement: “Roseanne’s Twitter statement is abhorrent, repugnant and inconsistent with our values, and we have decided to cancel her show.”
ABC’s parent company, Walt Disney Company, was supportive of the decision, as well. Walt Disney Company CEO and chairman Robert Iger tweeted, “There was only one thing to do here, and that was the right thing.”
Next: Here’s how she responded on Twitter.
3. Barr apologized on social media
After receiving tons of backlash online, Barr issued an apology on social media. She tweeted, “I apologize to Valerie Jarrett and to all Americans. I am truly sorry for making a bad joke about her politics and her looks. I should have known better. Forgive me-my joke was in bad taste.”
She later took to Twitter to claim she’s “not a racist.” Barr wrote, “I’m not a racist, I never was & I never will be. One stupid joke in a lifetime of fighting 4 civil rights 4 all minorities, against networks, studios, at the expense of my nervous system/family/wealth will NEVER b taken from me.”
Next: Barr made this insane claim.
4. Barr blamed Ambien for her tweet
Even though Barr previously apologized for her tweet, she caused yet another uproar regarding her comments. She blamed being on Ambien for her racist words, clearly trying to make excuses.
Sanofi, who makes Ambien, threw serious shade at Barr after her claims. “While all pharmaceutical treatments have side effects, racism is not a known side effect of any Sanofi medication,” they said in a statement.
Next: Here’s how she thinks Michelle Obama got involved.
5. She retweeted a theory blaming Michelle Obama for the cancellation
Barr is no stranger to pushing conspiracies, and now, she’s supporting a theory that claims Michelle Obama was involved in getting Roseanne canceled. She retweeted “breaking” news from Twitter user Josh Cornett.
“BREAKING: According to sources ABC President Channing Dungey had a long conversation via phone with former First Lady Michelle Obama before deciding to cancel the Roseanne show,” he wrote. “Michelle Obama was reportedly enraged and insisted an apology was inadequate.”
On top of her retweet, Barr asked Cornett, “Is this true?” — clearly giving in to the theory.
Next: She thinks this could have driven Obama’s actions.
6. She may think the Obamas’ Netflix deal is the reason
Barr relied on her Twitter followers to confirm whether or not Obama was involved in Roseanne’s cancellation. She seemed to think one additional theory held truth, which suggested the Obamas’ Netflix deal could be the reason.
She retweeted, “Interesting. A few days after the popular #ObamasNetflixShows was all over the place making people giggle. Not surprised and I would not doubt it being very true.”
According to Bustle, “Barr recently mocked the Obamas over the Netflix deal, and her retweet suggests that Obama is now responding in kind.”
Next: He showed his support for Barr.
7. Donald Trump showed his support for Barr
Barr and Donald Trump have shown support for each other in the past, so it’s no surprise that the president came to her defense amid the scandal.
Barr unsurprisingly retweeted Trump’s supportive comment: “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,” he continued. “Maybe I just didn’t get the call?”
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