To say Roseanne Barr had a very bad day yesterday would be an gross understatement. She managed to get her sitcom cancelled with one horrendous racist tweet. Then, the comedian made it worse.
The focus of her racist rage was a woman who served in President Barack Obama’s administration. MSNBC coincidentally scheduled the former top adviser, Valerie Jarrett, to appear in a special about race relations in the U.S. Joy Reid and Chris Hayes co-hosted the event.
The responses to Barr’s racist comments hit a nerve in the deep vein of thought in the U.S. Thomas Wicker said in his tweet that he did not think Barr was a racist:
‘I don’t condone racism. I don’t think @therealroseanne is racist. I personally thought Valerie Jarret was Hispanic. I can’t tell any black person what is racist & how to hurt. Most comics have said far worse but they vote the way Hollywood wants & are excused.’
Survivor Rules put out a tweet that Twitter “censored:
‘Twitter censored my tweet that
@therealroseanne replied to. Her rely to my tweet lost context:
Replying to @ThomasWictor and 3 others Did you know Valerie Jarrett is also Jewish? Roseanne can make fun of Jewish people because Roseanne is Jewish. Valerie’s father is African American and her mother is one fourth African American; One of her great-grandfathers was Jewish. pic.twitter.com/iDiczyfjTJ.’
Zapp insisted Jarrett was “not black:”
‘Wasn’t black? Yeah, she’s not black.. She very well may have African (Which nation?) heritage but her Caucasian features are dominate. pic.twitter.com/Az82rJo9SN.’
When the MSNBC hosts asked the former top adviser on camera how she was doing, Jarrett put the whole episode in perspective:
‘I’m fine. I’m worried about all the people out there who don’t have a circle of friends and followers who come right to their defense. ‘
The comedian tried to defend her racist comment:
‘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-it was egregious Indefensible. I made a mistake I wish I hadn’t but…don’t defend it please.’
Other media outlets dropped Barr’s show. Her talent agency also dropped her.
The actress’ racist remarks tapped directly into America’s emotions. Check out some of our favorite tweets below:
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