What happened when ABC cancelled its top-rated show, Roseanne? Roseanne Barr apologized for her horrific racist tweet aimed at a former member of President Barack Obama’s administration, and said she was going to remove herself from Twitter. Barr lied, and the result was even uglier.
Instead of leaving, the comedian and actress returned to Twitter with a vengeance. Her intent probably was to defend herself, but it did not work.
Barr pulled up and retweeted an old meme that showed the person she attacked in her original tweet, President Obama’s former top adviser Valerie Jarrett and Zira from Planet of the Apes. Elder Lansing of the Elder True Light Pentecost Church Spartanburg, SC tweeted it. He showed photos of Donald Trump vs. a different primate:
‘Libnuts bash our great POTUS Trump and his family 24/7 and openly call for his assassination, but get your feelings hurt because Roseanne says Valerie Jarrett looks like The Muslim Brotherhood and Planet Of the Apes had a baby Idiots! I stand by Roseanne!
Then, Barr pivoted and said it was “unfair” for ESPN to hire Keith Olbermann, who is not a racist:
‘Hey @RobertIger was hiring this guy for @espn also the right thing to do?’
Barr was comparing people of color to monkeys, chimpanzees, or apes. That was centuries old racism. Those racists also compared President Barack Obama, his family members, and people in his administration to them throughout his eight years in office.
Comparing the president to any of these animals is not the same. Why? The commander-in-chief is white.
The star of her own sitcom tweeted that she “felt bad” for causing all the people on- and off-camera to also lose their jobs when ABC cancelled the show. She tweeted:
‘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 due to my stupid tweet. I will be on Joe Rogan’s podcast friday (sic).’
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