Trump's Take on Fallout From Roseanne: Where's My Apology?

Tanya Cunningham
May 30, 2018

When Roseanne Barr, the former star of the hit ABC show "Roseanne" made headlines Tuesday for a string of racist, sexist and Islamophobic tweets that led to the cancellation of her show, the backlash was severe - even from conservatives.

She urged people not to defend her and said of her Jarrett tweet that she was "ambien tweeting" at 2 a.m.

Huffington Post reporter Yashar Ali highlighted the original photo late Tuesday.

Following the initial fallout of her racist tweet, Roseanne co-stars Sara Gilbert, who played Darlene and heralded the new iteration of the show to the air, and Michael Fishman, who played DJ, denounced Barr's actions. Although Roseanne's TV show reboot had been a ratings success for ABC this year, the network showed no hesitation in canceling the program over her "repugnant" comment. The president tweeted that Disney CEO Bob Iger should apologize to Trump for past comments about him made on ABC because Iger had apologized to Valerie Jarrett, the subject of Roseanne Barr's racist tweet.

In another deleted tweet, Barr said of the incident that "it was 2 in the morning and I was Ambien tweeting".

"I apologize. I am now leaving Twitter", Barr wrote Tuesday morning, though she quickly returned. "I also want to say that I liked Roseanne's show and I thought that it reflected a lot of people in middle America and I don't want network television to stay away from reflecting blue collar people in the middle of the country", she added.

Laff, a digital network that specialises in reruns of popular sitcoms, has similarly yanked old episodes of the series.

A number of the show's cast released statements saying they were sorry the show was over, but that they were sickened by Barr's comments and that she did not speak for anyone other than herself.

Barr has been tweeting for some 10 hours now and doesn't seem to show any sign of stopping. Barr regularly attacks liberals on Twitter and peddles fringe conspiracy theories. She criticized Democratic financier George Soros and tweeted that Chelsea Clinton was "Chelsea Soros Clinton", implying she was married to a nephew of Soros.

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