Roseanne Barr Says ABC Firing Over Twitter Scandal Was ‘Witch-Burning’

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Disgraced comedian Roseanne Barr claimed that ABC was already after her over her Twitter habits, prior to sending a career-ending racist tweet to former Obama aide Valerie Jarrett.

In her new documentary, “Roseanne: Kicked Out of Hollywood” the former sitcom star digs into the controversy that got her fired from the revival of her ABC hit “Roseanne,” and led to the series’ quick cancellation.

“Any tweet that was not ‘I love Hillary Clinton,’ I got a call for,” Barr recalled. “I removed it every time they called, and they called frequently.”

 Barr was pressured by everyone from TV executives to her own children to stop tweeting. “Everyone was begging me to give up my Twitter. Everyone,” she noted. “My kids were trying to lock me out, but I wouldn’t because it’s like I just couldn’t.”

“I’m a g—— American and I’m not going to do it,” Barr continued. “I’m a comic. I’m a bad girl. I’m too rock and roll. I’m going to say f— it and f— you until I take my last breath.”

But it was Twitter that caused her ultimate demise in 2018, when she posted, “Muslim brotherhood & planet of the apes had a baby=vj,” in reference to Jarrett. 

During her apology tour, Bar claimed that she didn’t know Jarrett was Black. “I’m a lot of things, a loud mouth and all that stuff,” Barr said on her podcast. “But I’m not stupid, for God’s sake. 

“I never would have wittingly called any black person, I never would have said, ‘They are a monkey.’ I just wouldn’t do that,” she continued. “And people think that I did that, it just kills me. I didn’t do that. And if they do think that, I’m just so sorry that I was unclear and stupid. I’m very sorry.”

Barr blamed sleeping aid Ambien for the scandalous post. She said when Disney called, “they were like, ‘What possible excuse have you got for why you did this? Why you did such an egregious, unforgivable thing?’ And I said, ‘I have no excuse. The only thing is, I thought she was White. And they said nothing back.”

She also complained that the way the media dissected her 53-character tweet was “witch-burning” by nature. 

“Intellectual witch-burning. And arrogance and ignorance,” Barr complained. “All of the press of the United States, and the world and how they interpreted my tweet without any knowledge of the fact that I was sending it to a journalist in Iran about what was happening to the people in Iran. We were under such terrible censorship and it’s just terrible and frightening.”

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