Published: Wed, May 30, 2018
Culture | By Glenn Strickland

Roseanne Barr Controversy: Ambien Responds to Excuse for Racist Tweet

Roseanne Barr Controversy: Ambien Responds to Excuse for Racist Tweet

Barr's Ambien explanation was part of an hours-long tweetstorm reacting to ABC's cancellation of her hit show "Roseanne".

ABC on Tuesday cancelled Barr's popular reboot of "Roseanne" shortly after she posted a racist tweet targeting Jarrett, a former top Obama White House aide. "I was ambien tweeting", she wrote in a tweet. In other words. our Ambien didn't make you tweet that racist BS - that's all you, Roseanne.

It's somewhat appropriate that Jimmy Kimmel was the only late-night comedian on the air with a new episode Tuesday night, because the biggest story of the day came from his network. ABC parent company Disney owns a 30-percent stake in Hulu. Through her selection of retweets, Barr implied that she was sacked over her support for President Trump. She called it "abhorrent, repugnant and inconsistent with our values".

The star of the self-titled show was taken to task by celebrities and politicians who said there was no excuse for her blatant racism.

She also said she believed Jarrett was Saudi or Jewish or Persian, rather than black. "I also think every individual citizen has a responsibility, too, and it's up to all of us to push back". "We got the British remake of Get Out".

"In 2018, the American Roseanne Barr made the public aware of a number of previously undisclosed side effects to Zolpidem (aka Ambien) including: racism, Trump-tweeting, anthem-spitting, unpatriotic crotch grabbing, public irritation, political agitation, sore losing, sore winning, special election upsets, butt-hurt, hate, avalanches, and loss of sitcom".

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Yet, the comedienne did not appreciate the condemnation she was receiving from her fellow cast members, whom she's known for years. "It represented the work of hundreds of talented people". At 5am eastern time- she responded to Michael Fishman's statement- he played D.J. on the show- saying, "I created the platform for that inclusivity and you know it. ME". But much of its progress would have been threatened if it looked the other way at Barr's tweet.

In addition to her remark about Jarrett, Barr is also being criticized over her recent attacks on both Chelsea Clinton and billionaire George Soros, who is a prominent donor to Democratic campaigns. Clinton herself corrected Barr online.

But that didn't stop consumers from having fun with the implications of Barr's statement.

Jarrett was one of the targets of Barr's Twitter tirade early Tuesday morning. In one tweet, Roseanne wrote, "muslim brotherhood & planet of the apes had a baby=vj".

- What will ABC schedule Tuesdays at 8 p.m. this fall in place of "Roseanne?".

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