Just hours before she was fired by ABC over a racist tweet about former Obama adviser Valerie Jarrett on Tuesday, Roseanne Bar paired a mea culpa with a promise to quit Twitter. Barr’s commitment to staying off the social media platform was as short-lived as her namesake revival television show, and she was back at it again with the conspiracy theories and anti-semitism just hours later.
Barr’s retweeting of badly doctored images and Trump supporters who, bafflingly, still bring up Hillary Clinton’s emails as ammunition against liberals is not strange. What is strange is a since-deleted tweet in which Barr both defends and excuses her overtly racist tweet by blaming…Ambien.
“guys I did something unforgiveable so do not defend me,” wrote Barr. “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. ty.”
Barr cited Ambien later in yet another tweet, writing, “Not giving excuses for what I did(tweeted) but I’ve done weird stuff while on ambien — cracked eggs on the wall at 2am etc.”
Strangely enough, Barr deleted all Ambien-related tweets — but not before Sanofi — the pharmaceutical company that sells the drug — tweeted out this savage statement.
“People of all races, religions and nationalities work at Sanofi every day to improve the lives of people around the world. While all pharmaceutical treatments have side effects, racism is not a known side effect of any Sanofi medication.”
At one point, Barr said that she thought Jarrett — the Obama adviser she’d compared to an “ape” was “Saudi.” A couple of hours later, Barr tweeted she thought Jarrett was “Jewish and Persian.” In yet another tweet, Barr said that she thought Jarrett was “white.”
CNN hosts John Berman and Van Jones had scathing comebacks to Barr’s Ambien excuse.
Whereas the rest of Twitter made sure “Ambien” became the top trending topic across the platform Wednesday morning.
Despite tweeting that she is “moving on,” Barr continues to maintain she is the victim of harassment.
Around 200 people who worked on the Roseanne reboot have lost their jobs as a result of Barr’s racism.