Since posting a very offensive tweet regarding former President Barack Obama's senior adviser, Valerie Jarrett, in which she stated, "Muslim brotherhood & planet of the apes had a baby=vj," Roseanne Barr has been working overtime to elude the blame.
First, she followed up her attack on Jarrett with an apology, "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," adding, "I am now leaving Twitter.''
According to eOnline, She also stated that her tweet was written at 2:00 a.m. after she had taken Ambien to sleep, yet the damage was already done and her excuses fell on deaf ears. Her hit ABC show was promptly canceled, Jarrett addressed the comment, saying it was a “teaching moment,” and Hollywood quickly turned its back on Barr after dressing her down for her racism.
Also, comedian Wanda Sykes, who was a consulting producer on the show, immediately quit after the tweet was published, a response that preceded ABC president Channing Dungey’s cancellation of “Roseanne” after deeming Barr’s comment “abhorrent, repugnant and inconsistent with our values.”
Roseanne, which had returned in March more than twenty years after the original series ended, received positive reviews from critics and was warmly greeted by a nostalgic audience.
Barr followed up her apology with a second mea culpa, stating, “I deeply regret my comments from late last night on Twitter. Above all, I want to apologize to Valerie Jarrett, as well as to ABC and the cast and crew of the Roseanne show. I am sorry for making a thoughtless joke that does not reflect my values - I love all people and am very sorry. Today my words caused hundreds of hardworking people to lose their jobs. I also sincerely apologize to the audience that has embraced my work for decades. I apologize from the bottom of my heart and hope you can find it in your hearts to forgive me.”
Unfortunately, her attempt at offering a sincere apology fell short as she quickly began retweeting a series of dim-witted defenses from fans of her actions.