Ambien responds to Roseanne: 'Racism is not a known side effect'

Tanya Cunningham
May 30, 2018

ABC has canceled its successful "Roseanne" revival following racist tweets written by its star, Roseanne Barr, and the backlash against the comedian came fast and furious. "I am truly sorry for making a bad joke about her politics and her looks", Barr said.

Barr also urged her fans not to boycott ABC and followed up with another apology (also since deleted) and this time showing defiance.

On "America's Newsroom", Howard Kurtz lamented that some in the media are trying to link the controversy to President Trump, pointing out that he "had absolutely nothing to do with it".

Among her retweets: Photos of former Obama aide Valerie Jarrett side by side with an ape.

Under fire for the Jarrett insult, Barr has deleted the tweet and apologized.

The Monday tweet that got Roseanne into trouble read, "Muslim brotherhood & planet of the apes had a baby=vj".

"First of all, I think we have to turn it into a teaching moment", she said.

Roseanne Barr's Ambien explanation for her racist tweet stunned a lot of people, and a CNN panel this morning wasn't quite buying it. Barr said it was the result of "ambien tweeting", a reference to the common sleep aid medication.


To co-star Sara Gilbert's tweet saying Roseanne's statements were abhorrent, she wrote "Wow! unreal".

Sanofi, the company that makes Ambien, rebuffed the assertion Wednesday on Twitter. "I blame myself, not Ambien", she tweeted. I will handle my sadness the way I want to. I'm fine. I'm anxious about all the people out there who don't have a circle of friends and followers coming to their defense, Jarrett said during the town hall.

Some of her replies to fans clearly expressed how she feels. "Nice!" she responded on Wednesday morning.

The White House on Tuesday suggested that Trump would refrain from commenting on the cancellation of Roseanne's show, as he was purportedly busy preparing for the North Korea summit that may happen next month. "I'm not a censor and they have the right to do what they wish".

Jarrett, who is black, was brought up in response to Twitter commentary that raised her name in relation to an Obama conspiracy theory.

"I will not be returning to @RoseanneOnABC", she wrote on Twitter. A way to keep the cast and crew together in some way? On Monday, Barr regurgitated a rumor that Clinton had married a nephew of Soros - a rumor that was popularized by actor and Trump supporter Scott Baio shortly before the 2016 presidential election.

- What will Barr do next?

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