Following Roseanne Barr’s racist tweet against Valerie Jarrett, a senior advisor in former President Barack Obama’s cabinet, and her failed attempt at a heartfelt apology, many of her castmates were quick to distance themselves from the comedian. Barr, unsurprisingly, quickly turned on her now-former colleagues.
Barr, 65, who said she was quitting Twitter after her unacceptable insults against Jarrett made the rounds on social media, remained as of today firmly entrenched on the platform. Michael Fishman, who starred as Barr’s son D.J. on the original Roseanne show and the reboot, wrote he was “devastated” by the show getting canceled, adding, “Our cast, crew, writers, and production staff strived for inclusiveness, with numerous storylines designed to reflect inclusiveness. The words of one person do not exemplify the thinking of all involved.
“I condemn these statements vehemently. They are reprehensible and intolerable, contradicting my beliefs and outlook on life and society. I have always lived and taught my children to be inclusive. I believe our show strived to embrace different backgrounds and opinions, through open dialogue.”
Early Wednesday, Barr lashed out at Fishman, 36, tweeting, “I created the platform for that inclusivity and you know it. You throw me under the bus. nice!”
Sara Gilbert, 43, who played Barr’s daughter Darlene, tweeted that her TV mom’s comments were “abhorrent and do not reflect the beliefs of our cast and crew or anyone associated with our show. I am disappointed with her actions to say the least.” To which Barr replied, “Wow! unreal.”
Newcomer Emma Kenney, 18, who starred as Barr’s granddaughter Harris, already planned to quit the show before it was canceled, tweeting that she was “hurt, embarrassed, and disappointed,” by Barr’s comment against Jarrett.
Barr, who had originally compared Jarrett to an ape, tried to claim that she “mistakenly thought [Jarrett] was white,” this morning, which convinced no one given that she’s spent the last two days retweeting her fans’ support of her actions. “Thanks for kind words. It goes very deep, the harassment etc.,” she told one Twitter user. In another tweet, she wrote, “Thanks for all your kind comments, everyone! Love u all goodnight.”
Jarrett, who responded to Barr’s assault during an MSNBC special titled Everyday Racism in America, believes that Americans should turn the incident into a “teaching moment,” adding that Disney CEO Bob Iger, informed her of the studio’s plan to cancel the show, adding that there was a zero tolerance policy for racism at Disney-owned properties like ABC.