Roseanne Barr has posted a bizarre new video in which she literally screams as she defends the racist tweet about Valerie Jarrett which got her show cancelled.
‘I thought the b***h was white! God dammit! I thought the b***h was white! F**k! she roared in the video, posted to herYouTube page with the caption: ‘Roseanne, like always, cuts through the bullsh** and gets the heart of the matter.’
The clip comes two months after Roseanne’s eponymous reboot was axed when she tweeted that former Obama advisor Jarrett, who is African American, looked like the ‘Muslim brotherhood & planet of the apes had a baby’.
Roseanne Barr has posted a bizarre new video where literally screams her defense of why she posted the racist tweet about Valerie Jarrett which got her show cancelled
The 65-year-old immediately backtracked in the wake of furious backlash, claiming it was a ‘joke’, blaming her Ambien sleeping tablets, and claiming she didn’t know Jarrett was African American but believed she was Jewish and Persian.
In a since deleted Twitter rant from May, she says she told President of Disney-ABC Television Group Ben Sherwood: ‘I thought she was white, she looks like my family!’
In other tweets she wrote: ‘I mistakenly thought she [Jarrett] was white’ and ‘I honestly thought she was Jewish and Persian’.
Barr is of Jewish descent. Jarrett was born in Iran to African-American parents and her great-grandfather was the first credited African American architect.
Barr followed through with her promise when she posted the bizarre video of her speaking about the tweet on her YouTube page on Thursday
The actress looked disheveled and increasingly agitated, smoking a cigarette and repeatedly running her hands through her hair as she was interviewed by someone off camera
‘I thought the b***h was white! God dammit! I thought the b***h was white! F**k!’ she roared in the video
Barr’s son Jake also shared text exchanges with his mother to seemingly prove she was not racist.
‘Her and her dad, I thought they were white,’ Barr wrote in a text message she purportedly sent her son. She followed that up by saying: ‘I would never have called a black woman an ape I’m not stupid!’
That is a lie however, with Barr having called former national security advisor Susan Rice just that in a 2014 tweet.
The third text stated: ‘I thought she was Jewish of Iranian.’
Her son captioned the image by writing: ‘Mom and I are too dumb for the internet lol.’
Barr tweeted that former Obama adviser Valerie Jarrett (pictured), who is African American, looked like the ‘Muslim brotherhood & planet of the apes had a baby’.
Roseanne Barr posted the initial offending tweet on May 29, which she attempted to backtrack on minutes later, claiming ‘Muslims r NOT a race’ then apologizing
Barr, who claimed her whole life has been about fighting racism’, also claimed she had been ‘Ambien tweeting’ when she sent the offensive tweet.
‘I’m not a racist, I never was & I never will be. One stupid joke in a lifetime of fighting 4 civil rights 4 all minorities, against networks, studios, at the expense of my nervous system/family/wealth will NEVER b taken from me.’
The pharmaceutical firm which produces Ambien later hit back saying ‘racism is not a known side effect of any Sanofi medication.’
Barr has faced huge backlash in the wake of her tweets, including from her former costars, who lost their jobs when ABC axed the series.
Several of her costars, including Wanda Sykes, announced they would be leaving the show over the racial slur.
In the early hours of May 30, just 24 hours after posting the racial slur, Roseanne claimed in two tweets minutes apart she believed that Jarrett was Jewish and Persian, or white
Contextual: Her son shared text messages that he and his mother purportedly exchanged in which Barr writes that she thought Jarrett was ‘white’ and ‘Iranian,’ posted eight hours after the show was cancelled
On May 30, Barr claimed she had begged Ben Sherwood, then president of the Disney-ABC Television Group, to not cancel her show and let her ‘make amends’
She said that she thought Jarrett ‘was white, she looks like my family!’ she tweeted
The shamed star also blamed her racist rant on sleeping pill Ambien. Users have previously reported going into blackouts and performing complex actions such as driving and making food without recalling it
The network has since announced a Roseanne spinoff about the Conner family which will air in the fall without the disgraced star.
Meanwhile, Roseanne is reportedly working on her own talk show which she will host on her YouTube channel.
She’s been working with her son Jake’s Full Moon & High Tide studio to interview friends and family, including Barr’s boyfriend Johnny Argent, former Roseanne crew member Allan Stephan and ex campaign manager Thomas Muhammad, TMZ reported.
Thursday’s YouTube clip was reportedly a preview of the show’s first episode. There is no set release date or name for the show.
Barr has apologized for her tweets, saying she didn’t mean to hurt anyone and that she’s regretted the tweets, even before saying in an interview she ‘lost everything.’
She later stated that she would not be speaking to the media any more, but would be addressing her fans ‘directly’ to ‘cut out any middlemen who use for clickbait/ad revenue while seeking to divide rather than unite.’
Barr followed through with her promise when she posted the bizarre video of her speaking about the tweet on her YouTube page on Thursday.
The Roseanne reboot (pictured) was cancelled after the tweet, but ABC has since announced a Roseanne spinoff about the Conner family which will air in the fall without the disgraced star
The actress looked disheveled and increasingly agitated, smoking a cigarette and repeatedly running her hands through her hair as she was interviewed by someone off camera.
‘I’m trying to talk about Iran!’ said a frustrated Barr. ‘I’m trying to talk about Valerie Jarrett wrote the Iran deal!’
‘I know,’ the interviewer replied, sounding amused. ‘You’ve told me this 300 times.’
‘That’s what my tweet was about!’ Barr shouted in response.
‘I know,’ the interviewer said. ‘You’ve explained this literally 300 times.’
Losing her temper completely, Barr screamed back: ‘I thought the b***h was white! God dammit! I thought the b***h was white! F**k!’
From Chelsea Clinton to Planet of the Apes: How the Roseanne tweet-storm unfolded
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 earlier 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’.