After comparing former Obama senior advisor Valerie Jarrett to a monkey, ABC cancelled Roseanne Barr’s popular sitcom.
But this isn’t the first time Roseanne has called a Black woman an ape on social media.
Roseanne previously called Susan Rice a “man with big swinging ape balls.” So this is her yet again flinging the “Black woman is an ape” crap. These aren’t jokes. They’re not attempted jokes. They’re racist tropes that she’s repeating. https://t.co/Hw5cOVnepF
— Touré (@Toure) May 29, 2018
That tweet from Barr has since been deleted.
Roseanne’s latest racist firestorm started this morning when the Trump supporter and star of the ABC sitcom fired off a racist tweet suggesting that former Barack Obama adviser Valerie Jarrett is an ape, reported BuzzFeed.
“muslim brotherhood & planet of the apes had a baby=vj,” Barr tweeted in response to a post about Jarrett.
Barr attacked Jarrett, an African American woman who was born in Iran, in response to an article which unsubstantiated claims that former President Obama spied on the President of France. Barr’s Muslim comment toward Jarrett follows the thought process of conservatives who tried to unsuccessfully assert that Jarrett was behind a secret push to make America a “more Islamic country.” According to the fact-checking website, Snopes, that claim is “false.”
Barr took to Twitter to apologize for the smear saying, “I apologize to Valerie Jarrett and to all Americans. I am truly sorry for making a bad joke about her politics and her looks. I should have known better. Forgive me-my joke was in bad taste.” She says she plans to now leave Twitter (one can only hope for good), saying:
“It’s a joke,” she wrote in response to a CNN reporter.
ABC President Channing Dungey apparentely didn’t find the tweets funny and responded swiftly to the social media firestorm, releasing the following statement:
Roseanne’s Twitter statement is abhorrent, repugnant and inconsistent with our values, and we have decided to cancel her show.
Guess who’s laughing now, Roseanne?