Roseanne Barr Blames Her Twitter Tirade on This 1 Medication (Plus, the Alleged Mental Illness No One Knew She Had)
The Roseanne reboot was everything fans wanted out of the show’s resurrection. But just like that, one of ABC’s hit shows was canceled due to a couple of tweets. It seems the once-beloved Roseanne Barr took a major misstep on social media after she took to Twitter with racist comments. And though she deleted the abhorrent messages, the damage is done.
Barr claims she wasn’t in her right mind during the tweetfest, however. Here’s the medication she says she was on at the time of the disaster (page 6), as well as the mental illness she claims to have (page 8).
1. Barr tweeted racist comments about Barack Obama’s former advisor
Roseanne pulled in seriously big bucks for ABC — so you know it’s bad when the network pulled the show. People reports Barr took to Twitter to attack Barack Obama’s former advisor, Valerie Jarrett. She tweeted, “Muslim brotherhood & planet of the apes had a baby = vj.” This was extremely racist, of course, as Jarrett is a black woman.
Not only did Barr lose new episodes of the show from this one comment, but networks are also pulling old reruns off the air, too.
Next: Here’s who’s responsible for canceling the show.
2. ABC president canceled her show after calling her Twitter ‘repugnant’
It didn’t take much deliberation from the network before the decision to cancel the show was out in the open. Fortune explains it was just hours after the tweet hit the internet when ABC president Channing Dungey made the call. In a statement, Dungey said, “Roseanne’s Twitter statement is abhorrent, repugnant, and inconsistent with our values, and we have decided to cancel her show.”
Interestingly enough, Dungey was part of the initial discussion to bring Roseanne back on the air. But the tweet was too inexcusable to ignore.
Next: Barr has found herself in trouble on Twitter before.
3. This isn’t the first time Barr has gone off the rails on Twitter
While Barr was busy attacking Jarrett, she didn’t stop there. She also took jabs at Chelsea Clinton, the Washington Examiner reports.
Barr suggested in a tweet that Clinton was married to a nephew of billionaire George Soros. Clinton corrected her, saying that obviously wasn’t the case. Barr then apologized for tweeting “incorrect info,” and then went on to explain that Soros “is a nazi who turned in his fellow Jews 2 be murdered in German concentration camps & stole their wealth.”
Next: Barr’s closeness with this politician has caused major upsets.
4. Barr’s outspoken support for Trump has caused controversy in the past
Trump has shown support for the show in the past. Perhaps that’s because Roseanne on the show and Barr in real life are both huge fans of his. ABC News reports Trump has even called Barr in the past to congratulate her on the success of her show. “Look at Roseanne — I called her yesterday — look at her ratings, look at her ratings!” said the president.
Barr’s support hasn’t pleased everyone, however. And Trump’s response, of course, managed to sidestep the real issue (and make it all about him).
Next: Barr’s emotional turmoil has led her down a troubled path before.
5. Barr has said she’s had several nervous breakdowns in the past
Everyone reacts to fame differently, but in Barr’s case, it seems it wasn’t always good for her mental health. Page Six reports before the reboot, Barr got candid about the breakdowns she used to experience when she was catapulted into the spotlight. “I did have a few nervous breakdowns and was hospitalized several times. It was very difficult,” she said in an interview.
Perhaps she can blame her recent tirade on another one of her breakdowns, too.
Next: This is the medication Barr says made her do what she did.
6. She now blames her Ambien for affecting her judgment
According to Barr, it was the Ambien that influenced her racist behavior. People explains Barr deleted the tweet that got her fired and then issued an apology, where she mentioned the prescription drug.
“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 tweeted. In a separate tweet, she also said, “Don’t feel sorry for me, guys!!-I just want to apologize to the hundreds of people, and wonderful writers (all liberal) and talented actors who lost their jobs on my show.” She also mentions she’s leaving Twitter.
Next: Here’s why the Ambien excuse just doesn’t work.
7. Is Ambien really to blame?
In case you’re unfamiliar with the drug, The Morning Call explains Ambien is prescribed for those who have sleep issues. It’s for short-term treatment of insomnia and often given to those who have trouble falling asleep.
As for side effects, dizziness, drowsiness, and an overall “drugged feeling” are common. Some have also reported decreased inhibition, which may be what Barr is referring to. Either way, it doesn’t seem like Ambien is making anyone say anything they’re not already thinking when they’re unmedicated.
Next: Barr says she was also diagnosed with this mental illness.
8. Barr has claimed she has multiple personality disorder
It was 1994 when Barr first said she was diagnosed with multiple personality disorder, ABC News reports. The publication says she allegedly has seven personalities in total — and she even has names for each of them. As for how she manages the disorder, she says she’s “learned how to get them to listen to each other. I’ve learned how to get them to know they’re on the same team, that we occupy the same body.”
Perhaps she can blame some of her odder TV moments on her disorder. But we’re not so sure about the racism.
Next: Here’s how her co-stars feel.
9. Her co-stars are extremely disappointed in her actions
Sara Gilbert, who plays Darlene Conner on the show, expressed her severe disappointment with Barr. She tweeted that Barr’s comments “do not reflect the beliefs of our cast and crew or anyone associated with our show” and that she’s “disappointed in her actions to say the least,” People reports.
And Emma Kenney, who plays Gilbert’s daughter, said she’s “hurt, embarrassed, and disappointed.” We’ll have to see if any of Barr’s comments will ever be forgiven by the cast.
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