This is how it went down: Roseanne Barr was on Twitter as usual, posting offensive messages as usual. She released a tweet that went too far, finally crossing the line when she described former Obama adviser Valerie Jarrett as the cross between the Muslim Brotherhood and Planet of the Apes. The internet stormed in on her highly offensive remark — so much so that she actually deleted the tweet, issued an apology and said she would stay off Twitter.
But by then, the damage was already done. ABC, who had long since turned a blind eye to Barr’s racist and paranoid antics on Twitter, finally decided that enough was enough and fired her within a few hours, issuing a statement that said Barr’s comments were “abhorrent, repugnant and inconsistent with our values.”
After the cancellation, Barr’s apology went right out the window. She didn’t even manage to stay off Twitter for a day — by the afternoon, she was retweeting messages of support from fans who insisted her racist messages were not representative of who she was. These messages, were in fact, representative of Barr.
Then she started playing the ‘boo, hoo, I’m not even sad for me, I’m sad for my poor co-workers who were fired for one person’s actions.’ It came off as unbelievably inauthentic and also demonstrated that she is trying to shift the tragedy onto others.
“Don’t feel sorry for me, guys!!-I just want to apologize to the hundreds of people, and wonderful writers (all liberal) and talented actors who lost their jobs on my show due to my stupid tweet,” she tweeted.
Not a day later, she blamed it all on Ambien. Today, her Twitter feed is full of tweets from herself and others insisting that her words were harmless, not as bad as others, totally appropriate and completely misconstrued, that Ambien is wrong for making fun of her and that in fact, Ambien could totally have caused her to be racist unintentionally.
Then she followed it up with another claim, even more outlandish and completely unbelievable: “I thought she was white.”
Liar, liar, liar. Not only is Barr not sorry for what she’s done, she has come up with any and every excuse under the sun to make it seem as though she is completely not responsible for a totally unintentional and not racist statement that just happened to compare a black woman (that she totally did not know was black) to Planet of the Apes and the Muslim Brotherhood.
And there’s a reason she thinks she can get away with this. Trump’s Twitter army has jumped to her defense, as has the Big Man himself. Trump spent his day on Twitter exerting energy calling the media unfair for its treatment of Barr.
So far, not one word has been mentioned about the nature of Barr’s comments that got her show cancelled in the first place — just tweet after tweet about the unfair, dishonest media leading a smear campaign against a dear supporter.
The United States, as well as the nations of Europe, have a long history of denigrating black people as “apes,” barely evolved from our ancestors on the African planes. Indeed. for centuries, the assertion that black people were less evolved than white people was historically used as justification for slavery and apartheid in many parts of the world.
However, the truth is, so long as Trump is in the White House, it’s Trump’s America and people like Barr will always have major power standing behind them. If there’s one thing Trump has shown, it’s that he’s perfectly willing to go to bat for any and every conservative against the big bad world of all decent people.