Roseanne Barr’s hit show was pulled from ABC after she said former Obama aide Valerie Jarrett was the lovechild of the ‘Muslim Brotherhood and Planet of the Apes’.
But the scandal started in the early hours of Tuesday with tweets at an entirely different individual – Chelsea Clinton – concerning the fake rumor that she is married to a nephew of billionaire George Soros.
She then went on to rant about what she described as a Soros plot to overthrow America ‘by buying/backing candidates 4 local district attorney races who will ignore US law & favor ‘feelings’ instead-and call everyone who is alarmed by that ‘racist’.’
Following on from that, she called on Americans to unite against his narrative while throwing a reference to MK Ultra, a discontinued CIA program that right-wing conspiracy theorists believe is still ongoing, into the mix
It was during this rant that Barr made the comment ‘muslim brotherhood and planet of the apes had a baby=vj’, using Valerie Jarrett’s initials, that would see her show axed.
Barr subsequently deleted the tweet but not before it had been copied and shared across social media, leading to swift calls for her show to be pulled from the air.
After Barr’s now-infamous Planet of the Apes tweet had been sent, Clinton replied around 9am to say that she was not in fact married to a Soros, though she admired the work his foundation does.
Barr subsequently sent a Tweet apologizing to Clinton for the mistake, though launched another broadside at Soros by claiming he was a ‘Nazi’ who betrayed Jews during the holocaust.
The actress also launched a salvo at Clinton’s actual husband, Marc Mezvinsky, saying: ‘HER HUSBAND IS THE SON OF A CORRUPT SENATOR.’
Clinton’s father-in-law is a former congressman and convicted felon who in March of 2001 plead guilty to 31 of 69 felony charges of mail, bank and wire fraud.
But as the Clinton saga wound to a close Barr’s tweet about Jarrett was catching a massive amount of attention, forcing the actress to brand her remark ‘a joke’.
She also defended herself against allegations of racism by countering that Islam ‘is not a race’.
The remarks were not enough, however, and around an hour later she offered a full apology to Jarrett and announced that she would be leaving Twitter.
Shortly after midday Wanda Sykes, an African-American comedian and writer working on the Roseanne reboot, announced that she was walking away from the program.
Around an hour later ABC broke its silence over the controversy to say that Roseanne was being cancelled.
We now know that the network spent this time contacting Jarrett to apologize and inform her of the cancellation.
Barr later said that the network had bowed to pressure amid calls for a boycott of Roseanne’s advertisers, though ABC did not immediately respond to her remark.
In its statement, ABC said Roseanne’s remark was ‘abhorrent, repugnant and inconsistent with our values’.