Roseanne Barr blames her racist tweets on Ambien-tweeting on a holiday

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Roseanne Barr tweeted herself out of a lucrative network gig over the Memorial Day holiday. She went on a crazy Twitter rant about politics and Valerie Jarrett and Chelsea Clinton and George Soros and more. It was not the first time, and it was not the last time. Roseanne Barr has been going on racist and deplorable Twitter rants for years. Literally, YEARS. It was known, and ABC gave her a job anyway. But ABC fired her and canceled Roseanne (the show) yesterday because I guess tweeting that Valerie Jarrett equals “Muslim brotherhood & planet of the apes had a baby” was finally enough.

After Roseanne got in “trouble” in the hours before ABC fired her, she issued some dumb apologies on Twitter and then claimed she was going to leave Twitter. Reader, she did not leave Twitter. She was fired mid-day, and then overnight, she started tweeting more sh-t (I’m not going to embed anything, because she’s deleted half of this sh-t already):

“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,” Barr tweeted. “I will be on Joe Rogan’s podcast friday.”

“Guys I did something unforgiveable so do not defend me. It was 2 in the morning and I was ambien tweeting-it was memorial day too-i went 2 far & do not want it defended-it was egregious Indefensible [sic]. I made a mistake I wish I hadn’t but…don’t defend it please,” she also tweeted.

She added, “hey guys, don’t defend me, it’s sweet of you 2 try, but…losing my show is 0 compared 2 being labelled [sic] a racist over one tweet-that I regret even more.”

In a now-deleted tweet, Barr also wrote an apology to Jarrett, writing, “@ValerieJarrett I want to apologize to you. I am very sorry to have hurt you. I hope you can accept this sincere apology!”

[From People]

I’ve never tried Ambien – in my adult life, I’m usually so tired by 9 pm, I can fall asleep pretty quickly. So I have no first-hand knowledge of how Ambien affects people, so I’ll trust the multitude of Ambien users on the internet. Those people are largely mocking Roseanne’s Blame It On The Ambien defense, like Ambien suddenly made her a deplorable racist. But only on Memorial Day!! Because that’s important. If you’re on Ambien and it’s a national holiday, then that’s the perfect excuse to tweet racist sh-t. All is forgiven, right?

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  1. nikki says:

    “I drunk texted the racism guys sorry.”

    Yeah, no.

    • SilverUnicorn says:

      She’s really the worst.
      I hope Ambien’s company sues her because I have never heard of any medication that makes people racist.

    • Kitty says:

      I hate when people blame the shitty things they do and say on alcohol, or ambien in this case. I think being drunk or high only makes people more truthful, more likely to aay what you really mean. And trying to excuse your racism by saying you were on ambien and it was a holiday is bringing to a whole new level. I wish Roseanne would just go away but this is just going to make her more loud.

      • Wren says:

        Yes, I agree. The “true self” shines through, without the inhibitions normally in place. Many, many people do not like their real selves, but instead of working hard at true introspection (and thus change), they just pretend that they are nice, likable people and that anything they do while intoxicated is “sooo out of character”.

      • Esmom says:

        That was my first thought. Blaming it on Ambien actually makes it worse, not better. Proves that her racism is deeply rooted, waiting to bubble to the surface if she’s ever not careful.

      • Sherry says:

        Truth! I read a study several months ago that said there is no such thing as a “mean drunk” or other labels. If you’re mean, nasty, racist, etc. when you’re high or drunk, that is who you are. The alcohol and drug only serves to take away the mask you show people when you’re sober.

      • noway says:

        Wrong!!! Drugs & alcohol do not make you more truthful. No the drunk or high guy doesn’t love you and think you are sexy as hell. No McDonalds fries didn’t just become the best things in life cause you are high. Alcohol especially does not make you more truthful it eliminates inhibitions. Which makes you more likely to do and say dumb things things that may have popped into your head once. This is not your true self or conversely anyone else’s true self. Your drunk self is generally the crazy guy on your shoulder telling you that jumping three floors down into the swimming pool would be cool. We need to stop this idea that drunk or high people are their true selves as this scenario is a scary after school special waiting to happen.

        Now Ambien does have the side effect of doing things while you are asleep, and unless she is claiming that. Which I don’t think she is. I kind of just thinking she is throwing anything at it to see what sticks.

      • Gretchen says:

        @no way yes. Thank you. Our inhibitions, filters and boundaries are a large part of what defines us, losing those things doesn’t reveal the “true person”, it reveals our stupid and the effects of intoxication on our behaviour. I have struggled with alcohol abuse in the past and have said and done stupid sh*t that I regret deeply, precisely because it is out of character and NOT representative of who I am. This idea that substances can reveal the ‘true’ nature of a person is not only false but also kind of a slap in the face to people in recovery, yes we need to own and take responsibility for hurtful things said and done, but those things don’t have to define us as the truest expressions of our character.

        This is in no way a defense of Barr btw, she’s just a racist *sshole with or without ambien.

    • LadyMTL says:

      All I could think was “In Ambien Veritas.”
      Seriously though, she’s pathetic. She’s not racist, it was the Ambien! Bah.

    • DearWhitePeople says:

      She’s the Jim Jones of the deplorable cult.

    • Raina says:

      It’s gonna be awkward getting her Ambien refill now.

  2. Betsy says:

    What a load of horse puckey. She’s really going all in with this, isn’t she? I don’t think Ambien forces you to talk using words you don’t use, about things you don’t believe. Which is to say: maybe it was the Ambien, but it just stripped her veneer (what little veneer there was – I don’t pretend that she is some paragon of virtue. She’s a loon who’s been peddling some of the worst and dumbest ideas in modern history).

    • Jan90067(aka imqrious2) says:

      I’ve used Ambien since Menopause kicked in with horrible insomnia. After a few yrs. on it, I have “slept-eaten” once or twice, but I have NO RECOLLECTION OF IT the next morning (only knew about it by the napkin and crumbs by the bed lol). IF this tw@t “Ambien Tweeted”, she’d have NO IDEA this is what she did. This is just another excuse, by the Deplorable crowds, to “normalize/make acceptable” their horrific behavior.

      • rabbitgirl says:

        Right!!!! That is a point I made somewhere in this thread. I talked to my cat apparently and made a whole breakfast for my family with no memory of doing these things. But she remembers it all!

      • Megan says:

        Yeah, Ambien tweeting isn’t a real thing. Drunk tweeting, rage tweeting, and hate tweeting are real things and Roseanne is guilty of at least two.

      • Ex-Mel says:

        Jan, I am (unfortunately) quite familiar with zolpidem, and while many people do not remember what they did, I always have. Sometimes I was horrified the next day – how could I think this was a good idea? – but I did remember doing it. In fact, it gave me an odd “clarity” of mind. It just removed some inhibitions.
        People are different.

    • aang says:

      My mother once ate cat food while on Ambien and had absolutely no idea what she was was doing and did not remember later. Ambien is very dangerous stuff. But Roseanne is full of it. She is horrible Ambien or no Ambien.

      • Betsy says:

        The reason the Ambien sounds like baloney to me is that she adds that Memorial Day line. I mean, what?

      • Kitten says:

        I took that Memorial Day line to mean that she was drinking and Ambien-ing at the same time. Not that it matters because she’s always been a sh*tty person.

        @Aang-are we talking dry or wet here?

      • aang says:

        Kitten it was dry. I feed my cats on a half wall so the dog doesn’t eat the food. My mom walked over took a big handful and popped it in her mouth like they were nuts or something. I told her it was cat food, she kept chewing and grabbed more. She also fell asleep at the table once, fork in hand. Problem is that sometimes the Ambien puts you in a state of being awake while still asleep. It is really scary. But my mother never ever said anything mean or racist or out of character while on Ambien.

      • noway says:

        I think she was testing this theory out. I mean there are stories of severe sleep-waking. Technically asleep and doing crazy things, like eating cat food, but then she adds the holiday stuff and she seems to remember it. So I don’t think that is what she was saying, but just trying for anything to work since it got such a negative reaction.

      • Kate says:

        My father-in-law, who is 93 now, was prescribed Ambien in the hospital about 10 years ago and he had terrible side effects including hallucinations. Then his regular doctor took him off it and said that elderly people really shouldn’t take Ambien because it gives terrible side effects.

    • jwoolman says:

      Have any other Ambien users reported sleep-tweeting? I’ve heard of other sleep-activities like sleep-eating before with or without Ambien, but never anything like sleep-writing. Does it actually happen? I’ve always heard the person doesn’t remember what they did, though.

      • Chaine says:

        I know someone who mixed, baked, and ate a batch of brownies on Ambien and had no recollection of it. Only knew because she saw all the detritus in the kitchen next morning. So I guess Barr could be on Twitter writing after taking the pill. Still don’t think Ambien causes racism, though…

      • Christin says:

        A co-worker blamed her car accident on that medication. She was driving to work and rear-ended another vehicle. She ended up booked for DUI and had to do community service. She claimed to remember parts of the accident and being handcuffed (she thought the cuffs were bracelets).

        Our city police apparently don’t buy the “but it’s Ambien that did it”! Neither did the city attorney, who pushed for community service. He did not accept the defense that it was medication and she had no other record to that point.

      • rabbitgirl says:

        Yes, you can do all sorts of things on Ambien. But here is where she messed up with her BS excuse and thinking anyone would buy it:

        1. Ambien users have no memory of what they did

        2. When she first apologized, she used the “joke” defense

        3. Ambien makes you do normal things with no memory or trip like on LSD in some cases. But it does not make you a racist.

        4. She retweeted and then deleted another ape reference the following morning

        5. She has called black women apes before

        6. She has a history of tweeting racist crap

        If anything, the Ambien made could make one more unguarded, but how does that explain years worth of racism? She should be sued by Ambien and I say that as someone who thinks the medication is dangerous.

      • Giddy says:

        I slept-emailed one of my sons while on Ambien. The next day he was worried and came to check on me. He was scared that I had had a stroke or something awful. I had written a rambling, drunken sounding email about how much I loved him. I did not become a Nazi-loving, hate-spouting racist. Ambien is dangerous stuff, but I don’t believe it can cause a personality transplant.

      • Jordan says:

        There was a man on a flight a few years ago that was on Ambien and attacked a flight attendant. My aunt and cousin abuse it. You do crazy things. But I just don’t buy it here that that’s what happened. Ambien doesn’t make you racist, but it made her feel comfortable enough to declare her racist thoughts.

      • Ex-Mel says:

        If I used Twitter, I am sure I would have. Zolpidem often makes you more expansive, more communicative. So yes, “sleep writing” totally IS possible. I often used zolpidem to write letters/messages that needed a honest answer. I also remembered writing them, clearly so.

      • Ex-Mel says:

        @Rabbitgirl: it is simply not true that all Ambien users have no recollection of what they did. Many don’t, I am sure, but not all. I’ve used it a LOT, I should know.

      • Killjoy says:

        Yeah, I ambien-wrote fairly frequently in the first 6 months I was taking it. Only once or twice on Facebook – Twitter wasn’t big yet. I wrote emails/gchats to an ex a few times that were just completely out there. I don’t remember what I said, and if there was any “truth” to it, but he had been on my mind. Later, I had a little more control over myself, but my husband joked that it was my “truth serum.” I also use cannnibis and drink alcohol, and I can say that ambien has a much different impact than those two. For me, if I’m drunk enough to do something stupid while drinking, I’m down for the count and can’t accomplish much, even a tweet. Ambien, I can still do quite a bit and be completely out of it – regardless of whether I really remembered my actions the next day.

        I am very glad a doctor questioned my dependency, and helped get me off of it. Also, despite these side effects, and the potential for addiction, insomnia is a b*tch, and I’m glad ambien exists. And f*ck Roseanne.

      • Giddy says:

        @killjoy, you are so lucky that a doctor helped you get off of Ambien. Not only did my doctor not help me through that difficult time, she kept questioning why I didn’t want more. So I got off of it by myself, and then changed doctors. About a year later that first doctor shuttered her practice, and I heard rumors that she had been in trouble for writing so many prescriptions.

      • noway says:

        Okay to anybody who either did or knew someone who did the sleep-writing on Ambien or another drug. Did you or they remember it? Cause it sounds to me like she did, which means it wasn’t the drug.

      • Frankdiabetes says:

        Killjoy, I had a similar experience with Ambien: I would get SUPER productive for about an hour between when I took it and when I got too sleepy. In fact, I would sometimes save dreaded chores for that time period because I could hammer them out with no problem. I took Ambien every day for about 5 years because I had terrible insomnia, and have been off it now for another 5. I also once bought 24 boxes of fruit roll ups on Amazon and didnt recall til they showed up on my doorstep.

    • H says:

      I know someone who took Ambien and went online and gambled away $2,000 and thought someone had hacked into his bank account. Only realizing later it was him who threw the money away. But I don’t recall the drug making him a racist.

  3. IlsaLund says:

    The cognitive dissonance and hypocrisy of her supporters is stunning. She and her deplorable supporters do not live in the real world. Some of the comments (“where’s the racism”, blacks & Muslims brought this on themselves….they’re spreading hate, “ etc.) is next level crazy.

    Rosanne won’t go away….she’ll continue with her hate and racist rants….but folks need to keep calling her out on it.

    • NameChange says:

      And she’s being invited to all kinds of “conservative” hosts shows to further peddle her racism and martyrdom. She’ll land somewhere else. Fox (the website) already had a think piece about “PC culture running amok” yesterday. Yes, the same people demand that footballers not silently protest by kneeling.

    • Kitten says:

      …as if we needed more confirmation that these people are f*cking horrible, they were all over her Twitter yesterday claiming that she didn’t say anything offensive (like, WHAT??) and comparing her racist remarks to Michelle Wolfe’s smoky eyeshadow comment, etc.

      God these people are just the worst of the worst.

      • Esmom says:

        They are the absolute f&%king worst. Did you see all the deplorable tweets trying to nail Bill Maher for comparing Trump to and orangutan…as if it’s the same thing???! They’ll do anything, ANYTHING to “own the libs” — including, of course, electing the worst person possible as POTUS.

      • whatWHAT? says:

        as if Bill Maher is some darling of the so-called left?!

        I’ve been a dem my whole voting life, and voted for Obama twice, but I really dislike him and find him very offensive. if the deplorables want him off the air, I say GO FOR IT.

      • Esmom says:

        wW, I agree, I am no fan of Maher. But the fact they made this false equivalence kinda makes me hope he stays on just so they can’t claim their stupid victory.

      • Kitten says:

        @ Esmom- My BF sent me a screen shot of Charlie Kirk’s tweet saying that same damn shit and I almost fell on the floor laughing. Reminds me of when they were saying the left is “racist” for mocking Trump’s orange skin color. LOLOL

        I would personally laugh if they took racist, Islamophobic Maher off the air. And if they wanted to make a comparison to him using the word “house n-word” and what Barr did, I would welcome it. But these people are so f*cking stupid that they missed the opportunity. Also, they probably don’t even think what Maher said was wrong, since they don’t see anything wrong with what Rosanne said.

        And one last thing: Maher hosts a politically-charged show on HBO, a channel you need to pay for, and Roseanne is on a network television family sitcom: the two have completely different standards.

    • magnoliarose says:

      I don’t believe all of her followers are real people. A lot (most definitely) are real slime but the others are bots and paid trolls. I wish I could find the site that records this stuff but I can’t remember the name. He watches this stuff and how it works to spread an idea across the internet or lend support to horrible tweets and posts to wreak havoc or cement memes and sentiments. However, in truth, they couldn’t do it so successfully if there weren’t real people out there who agreed or if these issues didn’t exist for real in our society.
      I wonder if it is surprising to some that people think this way or is it surprising that it is no longer hidden? We live in a racist/bigoted/sexist country founded and built on the idea of the supremacy of a few at all cost. There is nothing equal or just about the way things work.

      As disgusted as I am with Roseanne I am also glad the lie is over. Maybe as Americans, we will finally see ourselves as the world sees us and as we are. How many people tuned into this maniac’s show knowing who she is and always has been and did not care? In my mind, they are worse than she is. Just like the MAGA voters. Roseanne doesn’t exist in a vacuum. Excuses for bigots is nothing new.
      I don’t mean to sound morose. I am just resigned and hope out of all of this something good happens. Roseanne is canceled, good but if nothing changes it doesn’t really matter.

  4. BearcatLawyer says:

    Sure, Jan. 🙄

    I am more interested in learning what she intends to do for the people who lost their jobs through no fault of their own (well, except for going to work on her show in the first place knowing how vile a person she is).

  5. RBC says:

    So Roseanne were you using Ambien when you sent out all those previous disgusting tweets? What about when you sang the national anthem all those years ago?
    Instead of cancelling the show and putting all those people out of work, kill off the character and rename the show “ Roseanne’s Family”. They did the same thing when Valerie Harper was fired from her sitcom many years ago.

  6. Milavanilla says:

    “Trump hires Roseanne as top adviser”.

  7. nikki says:

    The rapidity with which the show was pulled makes me think that A] the execs had already thought of an escape plan in case she said something stupid or B] she flat-out had a tight morality and language clause in her contract due to her history of being a wingnut.

    • lightpurple says:

      She’s the face and name of the show. As an employer, ABC had a legal obligation to its other employees to take stern disciplinary action for any attacks she made on protected classes (race, religion, gender, age, disability – she hit two out of the five) If she wanted to challenge it, she could try to argue that it was not work-related conduct but. again, given that she is the name and face of the show, what she does outside of work reflects on the show and her contract is probably designed to reflect that. A black woman, Wanda Sykes, quit her job as producer over this so it did have an impact on the cast and crew. ABC had to act and it had to do so quickly or it would be liable to any cast or crew member taking legal action under EEOA.

  8. Shijel says:

    Uhhhhhhh when I’m riding the Ambien walrus, I’m building effigies out of footwear in my living room and baking really, really outrageous cakes that I don’t eat because honestly, I’m just so not into sweet foods. I’ve also known to spend all of what little money I have on a goddamned juicer I would never ever use, but it sure looked aesthetically appealing so I guess that’s why I bought that monstrosity.

    I’ve yet to go on a racist, or indeed, any sort of bigoted tirade. Sorry, Roseanne. All Ambien did to you was bring out what was already there. I like building creepy stuff out of clothes on my sleep meds. Roseanne likes to go on a racist tweet storm. So. Yeah.

    • Sullivan says:

      Shijel, I think I’m in love.

    • Giddy says:

      What a great idea for a show to replace RB. “What Did Mom Do Last Night?’

      • Shijel says:

        Hah. Well it’s not pretty, and I used Ambien only very briefly because the walrus rides can be very terrifying when you end up doing something less benign than rearranging your entire apartment, but at least I’ve got some stories.

    • Mabs A'Mabbin says:

      Following a family tragedy, I had insomnia, and my doctor gave me a prescription for Ambien. It was in December when I took my first dose. The kids were ‘camping’ on our bedroom floor, we were all asleep, and around two or three in the morning, I slid out of bed, walked into our closet and started picking out party clothes. As I was dressing, they awoke asking wtf I was doing. “I’m going to a party with Santa Claus,” I said in my all time best zombi impression. My husband got up as the kids were rolling in laughter and began to steer me back to bed. I became slightly agitated saying I HAD to go, he was expecting me. The kids had tears they were laughing so hard, but I made it back to bed and fell asleep.

      The next morning I was looking for the Ambien to re-read the warnings and couldn’t find it anywhere. The hubs trashed it as soon as I was back in bed safe lol. Thing is, I remember the weird focus I had on dressing for this fictitious party, and the kids howling, but it was a very foggy memory and only when I was in the closet. That stuff is insane. But as others have said, it didn’t make me hateful and racist, just delusional. Would I have gotten in the car? Geesh! I can’t image being cakes either Shigel… That could be dangerous to!

      • Mabs A'Mabbin says:

        Baking cakes! Dangerous too. Frakkin’ typos lol.

      • Shijel says:

        I’m surprised that you remember! I only remember tiny little bits at the tail end of my ‘trip’. But yes, I get what you’re saying about the focus. I think I’ve got undiagnosed ADD, I’m awfully scatterbrained, but what little I do remember of my walrus rides, I remember being focused, convinced, and oddly organised.

        Still, no more. After a few trips I just had Ambien changed for a different med. Sure, that med made me gain weight I’m still trying to lose, but at that point I’d been averaging 2h of sleep a night for nearly four months because I had an interesting reaction to my SSRIs (never felt tired beyond slightly sluggish, never felt ‘dull, but my skin, my digestion, my whole body was just deteriorating). So I’ll take the weight gain, and while Ambien is beneficial to so many, I’m done with them midnight cakes and crazy etsy purchases. I won’t risk it it, I don’t want to endanger anybody with a bad ambien trip.

      • Mabs A'Mabbin says:

        I agree. For some of us, doing crazy things while 90 percent ‘under’ is flat out scary. Foggy memory or not, “I’m sorry I crashed my car, but the Ambien made me do it,” won’t fly.

  9. BlueSky says:

    And clearly Ambien made her forget that the president of ABC is a black woman……

    • IlsaLund says:

      Who was called an “an angry black woman” by many of Rosanne’s deplorable supporters…smh

      • Sophia's side eye says:

        Of course those racists have to try to put her down, I’m sure she makes them “uncomfortable.” She’s extremely accomplished, educated, and beautiful to boot. She’s the first Black woman to become a major TV network president (one of the big four).

        How soon they forget that she was the one who gave Roseanne the chance to do this reboot in the first place. She had a job to do and she did that job, flawlessly. Whereas Roseanne? Did not.

        But they’re on Twitter defending Roseanne so, whose winning…? Lmao! These Twitter warriors crack me up.

  10. TheOtherMaria says:

    Listen, I once ate an entire burrito damn near the size of my head on Ambien, never have I ever tweeted inherently racist nonsense…

    Ambien doesn’t make you racist, being a racist does, what a raggedy ass hateful woman 😑

  11. lightpurple says:

    Ambien doesn’t cause racist tweets; being racist causes racist tweets.

    What does Memorial Day have to do with it, Roseanne? Since when do we observe Memorial Day, a solemn occasion on which we remember and honor our war dead, by tweeting disgusting thoughts about race and religion?

  12. Maddy says:

    As I saw a user comment on twitter, in fairness to Roseanne it’s very hard to know the difference between racism that gets you fired and racism that gets you elected as the president of the united states….

  13. Beth says:

    She’s made racist comments and conspiracy theories for years, and I doubt she can blame them all on Ambien side effects. Too late, Roseanne, you’re fired, finished, done.

  14. KatieKins says:

    What are her excuses for all the other times she’s said racist stuff?

  15. Jenns says:

    So I guess, in the end, the show really did show perfect portrayal of a Trump supporter.

  16. Jess says:

    What a load of crap, she’s always been a racist jerk and always will be. I hope she’s embarrassed and ashamed for being fired, and for costing so many people their freaking jobs. What an idiot and I can’t believe anyone is defending her. Of course my local demographic was all over thr Facebook threads last night saying “but but but what about The View and liberals can say whatever they want”, so I was on a rampage. I’m gonna lose my shit if one more person brings up The View to defend Roseanne, it has nothing to do with her! Plus no one could tell me who on the show has said something comparable to that racist garbage. I asked at least 15 people and only one answered saying they are hateful towards Christians, which I said is not racist and I never heard back from them, lol.

    • Rapunzel says:

      The worst of the anti-View rhetoric was a fake photo floating around social media of Whoopi with a shirt showing Trump getting shot through the head. A shirt she never wore. When I pointed out that this was fake and photoshopped, complete with a link to the Snopes article showing the original photograph, the Facebook friend who posted this fake news said that it didn’t matter because “everything she says makes it clear she wants him dead anyways, so she doesn’t need to actually wear the shirt.”

      Another FB “friend” unfollowed. This is a neighbor to and I am totally gonna get s–t for unfollowing her. But I don’t care.

  17. Oopsie Daisy says:

    Meanwhile, on Facebook, she writes:” Give them hell, fans”
    Soory/Not sorry apology I guess

    • Indiana Joanna says:

      She’s not in the least sorry about her insane, incomprehensible comments and doesn’t care about anyone losing a job. Like you say she’s back soaking up crazy fan comments (and those fan tweets are scary).

      She’s unbelievably cruel, just plain horrible and attracts the worst in people. What a sociopath.

      • Christin says:

        Years ago, before she faded away to her Hawaiian nut farm, I simply thought she was awful. The anthem stunt and the constant tabloid nonsense of Tom and Ben just became too much.

        And that was before social media. She now has that, instead of just using one tabloid rag to keep her in the news.

  18. Mariposa says:

    I take Ambien about once a month, and I usually have no memory of anything I do for the first 3 or 4 hours after I wake up. I have sent texts, had conversations (and even booked a flight once) and have no memory of any of it, it is freaky! I do seem a bit more prone to messaging and phoning people when I’m in that state, but I’ve never said anything out of character. So, I would believe Rosanne doesn’t remember what she did, but I don’t believe the Ambien made her say it.

    • rabbitgirl says:

      She first said it was a joke. So she was certainly aware of her actions while on Ambien (cough). She tried the joke excuse, it did not work. It took her a while, but 24 hours later she came up with the Ambien defense. I have taken Ambien too. I have talked to my cat. I also made breakfast for my family. I have no memory of any of this. She remembers, defends with one explanation and when that does not work, defends with this.

      I hope Ambien sues her ass

  19. Snowflake says:

    What a load of B.S. I can’t believe peopke are defending her comment. It looks like if you claim they’d party, you can do anything and they’ll defend you. Liberal comments are in no way comparable to her racist comment. How can anyone defend that? I’m so sad, I had no idea America was this racist. This Presidency has really opened my eyes.

    • Kitten says:

      Because a lot of these people who are so brave on social media would never have the balls to show their hatred in public. F*cking racist, cowardly people who spew the most vitriolic sh*t from the safety of their house.

    • IlsaLund says:

      America was built on genocide and slavery…..racism is at America’s very core

      • magnoliarose says:

        Yep. This country was founded on murdering Native Americans, enslaving, demoralizing and abusing people. Our National Anthem was written by a slave owner for crying out loud. Interesting article about Francis Scott Key.

        I remember when I was little and was told during WW2 America turned away Jews fleeing from the Holocaust and knew it was happening the entire time. They knew they were sending them back to die. Though history likes to make America the heroes of WW2 the truth is something much darker and self-interested.
        I remember my feelings were hurt and it seemed like too big a truth to understand. In my child mind, I imagined they were long lost family members that we would never know almost made it.
        It is just another example of the history of this country that isn’t noble or fair. Freedom and liberty have always been reserved for some people but sold as if it was meant for all of us.
        45′s presidency has really made me remember things I pushed away. And I see people so clearly now. I made excuses for their ignorance. It is painful but long overdue.

  20. Tania says:

    Man I missed the Roseanne post from yesterday! Stupid job! I came home and while he was prepping dinner my husband flippantly said, “Oh that sucks about Roseanne being cancelled” and I said, “I commented on Celebitchy hours ago about it!” and logged on to show him, only to see Celebitchy posted after the links. I should have known.

    Roseanne will be fine. Stupid people will pay her stupid money to keep being a racist shill. She doesn’t care about her co-stars or all the works out of jobs because of her.

    ABC was dumb to re-boot this show so I don’t give them a cookie for cancelling. They wouldn’t even touch the Blackish episode of taking a knee during the anthem in the NFL BUT still gave this racist air space.

  21. tracking says:

    Every right-winger I know is like this. Crows about personal responsibility, then promptly evades it when called out on wrong-doing.

  22. Eric says:

    If Roseanne is on Ambien, then what kind of pharmaceutical-induced haze is Emperor Zero on?

    Holy opioids, Batman! Trump is high!

  23. Neelyo says:

    “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,”

    Why does it matter that the writers are liberal? Is that to make her fanbase happy that a bunch of liberals lost their jobs?

  24. jferber says:

    I will say she got exactly what was coming to her regarding her quick cancellation, but so many of the men who do shit like this get chance after chance. Hell, look who’s president! If shit men were dealt with promptly, fairly and courageously, their behavior wouldn’t be allowed to escalate,
    causing so much more damage. How come it takes a mob of women to take down one man who is a sexual abuser?

    • whatWHAT? says:

      “so many of the men who do shit like this get chance after chance. Hell, look who’s president! If shit men were dealt with promptly, fairly and courageously, their behavior wouldn’t be allowed to escalate, causing so much more damage.”

      so true. not sure whose twitter feed it was from, but the jist was “if Trump had been fired from the Apprentice for his racist birther crap, he would have gone back to his “real estate deals”, and he wouldn’t have been elected president”.

      and, as we all know, it wasn’t just birther crap going on while he was doing that show. there was all sorts of racism and sexual harassment going on that NBC ignored and allowed to continue. but…white male, so….

  25. Ms says:

    I’m sure the shocks no one, but it’s a completely fake apology. The same time she was “apologizing” she was retweeting conspiracy theories about Jarrett and Obama.

  26. Darla says:

    Would you believe she’s still tweeting, right now? She deleted her apologies (there were 2 where she @’ed Jarrett directly) and now she is tweeting at Gilbert and the man who played DJ, and all kinds of other crazy stuff.

  27. Ce2495 says:

    She is the worst. She is not sorry for making all those people loose their jobs and she doesn’t care about anyone but herself. Ambien should sue her. Taken Ambien before and it sure made me do weird things like eating in the bathroom one time but it doesn’t make you a racist. She is a terrible person and has been for a long time with or without Ambien.

  28. rabbitgirl says:

    LMAO!!! I would be floored if I had not already known Roseanne to be a conspiracy theory nutcase racist. Now it’s just laughable. When Fox hires her (and they will, because Trumpy will ask them to), her “Ambien” filled rants will be scheduled as a prime-time show.

  29. Amelie says:

    I really loved you guys including Dana Schwartz’s tweet! I’ve followed her on Twitter since before she graduated from college and she was regularly updating the @guyinyourmfa and @dystopianYAnovel Twitter, she’s absolutely hilarious. She just recently came out with a new book which I keep meaning to order. When she briefly worked for The New York Observer, she called out Jared Kushner for defending Trump in an open letter.

    Anyways as for Roseanne, she got what she deserved. You reap what you sow.

  30. wood dragon says:

    Yep, her contrition didn’t last long. Like Trump, she can’t help but show her true colors again and again. Her career is over unless Fox news gives her an outlet to spout and pout.

  31. Lala says:

    Ambien’s parent company just released this tweet…
    People of all races, religions and nationalities work at Sanofi every day to improve the lives of people around the world. While all pharmaceutical treatments have side effects, racism is not a known side effect of any Sanofi medication.

    I’M SCREAMING!!!!!!!!!!! LOL!!!!!!

    • Kitten says:

      *deep breath*

    • magnoliarose says:

      OMG. I am dying. HAHAHA!
      Can you imagine the meetings and perfecting of the statement?
      I can’t breathe hahahaha…

    • Shijel says:

      AAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAA! I’m howling! Ambien can make you do weird stuff, I’ve gone through this, but honest to god when I’m talking to other sleep med users, the only ones that get bigoted under ambienfluence are people who are already bigots. And look, I do believe that there’s merit in recognising that some parts of your core tenets and opinions are scummy, but suppressing them. You’re still a bit of a shit, but you’re trying to be less shit by trying to suppress your awfulness even if it’s out of the fear of repercussions. In the end it’s important that nobody suffers because of your awfulness.

      But still. To prevent further racist ambient outbursts, one should work towards being less of a racist. Sure wish there was a pill for that. Alas, it’s all hard work and having to sit down and listen and learn. :/

      Good on Ambien’s parent company for calling her out.

  32. aerohead21 says:

    Is no one going to talk about Abby Lee Miller’s tweet referencing MLK’s speech “free at last”? Like it wasn’t a horrible choice given the comparison!!??

  33. themummy says:

    Yeah. Nice try, Roseanne. I took Ambien for a year or so, and while I have heard the wackadoo Ambien stories people tell, I never had any experience like that at all. It just helped me sleep–and it didn’t even do that very well.

    • Valerie says:

      I’ve never taken it, but Courtney Love said taking it made everything feel cool and trippy, like Betty Boop was in the room and smiling at you. Whatever the frig that means, but it sounds good, not like something that would inspire a racist rampage. Roseanne got caught showing her ass and now she has to pay the consequences.

      • themummy says:

        It didn’t feel like any of that to me, but I know different people have different reactions to things. My sisters says Ambien made her do some crazy stuff. For me it made me a little sleepy and then I went to sleep. And that’s it. I know it’s likely just my personal chemical reaction with it, but I felt like Nyquil worked better for sleep.

  34. Marianne says:

    She cant even take responsibility for herself. Its not HER fault guys, its the ambien. No. Maybe you didnt have the self control to stop yourself from tweeting, but you still had those thoughts in your head. Ambien didnt make that happen.

  35. Chef Grace says:

    I took Ambien for 6 months. Only weird shit I did was sleep walk, twice.
    Never felt like crazy tweeting on a holiday.

  36. SJhere says:

    Oh for crying out loud, Roseanne.
    You are no longer funny, your writers are exhausted from carrying your butt.
    This stupid, crude, racist, not all funny tweet is your doing.
    Do not try an make excuses! You are an idiot. Own it.
    Pisses me off when as soon as a jackass is called out for being a jackass, here come the excuses.
    Perfectly fine with me that the shows been cancelled.
    And yeah, she can dish it out but she sure can’t take it.
    Lawsuits a plenty coming her way. If nothing else the lawyers will be employed.

  37. Valerie says:

    Candice Bergen just puts pesto on Newman’s Own popcorn when she takes Ambien. Feck off, Roseanne.

  38. LouLou says:

    A boyfriend of mine texted me a bunch of gibberish with some sexual stuff mixed in one night. I was really freaked out and thought someone hacked his phone. He actually thought so too until he talked to the phone company and was told that the texts did come from his phone and that if he still had possession of it then it was someone in his house. It was then that he told me that he had taken Ambien. He was horrified. But he didn’t say anything racist, mostly total gibberish. It made me want to never take that stuff.

  39. ocjulia says:

    Sanofi, the company that produces Ambien, has released this (hilarious) statement:

    “While all pharmaceutical treatments have side effects, racism is not a known side effect of any Sanofi medication.”


  40. Erandyn says:

    Was she also on ambien in 2013 when she compared Susan Rice to an ape? :P

  41. M says:

    Ambien brings out that which you want/believe deep down. No doubt. I bought the Pure Moods CD (from the 90s) off Amazon when I was in an Ambien haze. No regrets for me but shows this is such bs.

  42. Redneck Ruby says:

    I have always felt weird about Roseanne because she bears an uncanny resemblance with my grandmother. She looks, sounds and acts so much like her, it is impossible for me to emotionally separate the two women.

    My grandmother dropped out of school very early because the only point of going was to get a husband who would take care of her for life. She is barely literate. She is proud of her ignorance and is always right because people should “respect their elders”. She feels that violence is an acceptable method of child (and adult) discipline. She is just as loud and polarizing as Roseanne too.

    I haven’t had any contact with my grandmother in 20 years. In her eyes, I am defective because I went to school for an education, not to get pregnant or married.

    I feel conflicted because I want people to see and understand why I cannot have a relationship with my grandmother, and Roseanne (the REAL Roseanne, not the televised fiction) perfectly demonstrates my family dynamic. Her TV show was never a depiction of real working-class family dynamics. Her racism, her pathetic excuses, her non-apologies and the fact that her self-destructive behavior also negatively impacts everyone around her is plain truth. But I don’t feel validated or vindicated at all by this.

    I feel sadness that nothing has changed in 20 years. Roseanne was cancelled for being obnoxious over 20 years ago and she is cancelled again today. I know if I reached out to my grandmother I would regret it.

    I feel guilt that I have not found a way to counteract entrenched ignorance in my own family. My only defense is that I am protecting my children from their great-grandmother. I tell my own kids about their relatives, not so that they can connect with their roots or heritage, but as a cautionary tale.

    Seeing that Roseanne has not changed makes me sad because it means that I have done the right thing by cutting my grandparents out of my life. It shows me that the only way to deal with an entire generation of “Roseannes” is to ignore them and wait for them to die off before the rest of society can heal. Roseanne is malignant cancer and I don’t have a cure.

    I feel conflicted in that I still have so much hope and optimism for the future, but am also very deeply cynical about society in general. Knowing that a corporation as powerful as ABC hoped that they could renew Roseanne and force her self-righteous ignorance on a whole new generation is disheartening. Seeing her self-destruct within months, instead of years, brings me hope that society has taken a very small step forwards. Things have gotten a tiny bit better in the world, but there is still a long way to go.

    • magnoliarose says:

      Ruby, I can relate to you and your conflicted feelings. I recently cut off nearly an entire side of my family which also cuts me off from half of my heritage. I can’t with them anymore. Some of them I miss because I miss the good things, but as they are right now they aren’t welcome in my life. If they change and it is sincere then my door is open. Until then I don’t want that toxicity near me or my children.
      It isn’t easy but I think it is right.
      Good luck to you.

    • me says:

      The problem is, yes they will “die off” but so many of them raised ignorant a$$holes to take their place. This is why racism will truly never die. There are millions of people raising children to believe they are superior based on their skin color. I am sorry you don’t have a relationship with your grandparents but you did the right thing for your kids. You should be proud of yourself. We don’t have to keep people in our lives just because we share blood. You wouldn’t force yourself to stay friends with a horrible person, so same goes for family.

    • A says:

      I sympathize with your predicament. I think that family really is confusing, and it’s not easy to deal with them. I deeply appreciate the people who have made an effort in the last few years to explain that it’s not bad of you or I to cut off racist family members who have hurt us in the past and will continue to hurt us well into the future if we let them. The truth is that these conflicting feelings are things that will never go away, and accepting them as part and parcel of what it takes to live a better life is the only thing that helps sometimes.

      The disappointing thing is that there are just as many people like your grandmother in the younger generation as before. :/ I deal with them daily. They’re my co-workers, my colleagues, my fellow students. People like Tomi Lahren, and Ben Shapiro and the neo-Nazis that marched on Charlottesville. Racism and misogyny are entrenched systematic problems that won’t go away with a single generation. It will always be a constant work in progress, and I don’t think that’s a bad thing either. We’re all in this together.

      I hope, even if you can’t make peace with your grandmother, that you can make peace with your conflict. And realize that, while you may always be conflicted, that’s a small price to pay for continuing a relationship with your grandmother that would have only hurt you, and that you can’t change her, but you can work on how you treat others every day. <3

    • Dee Kay says:

      I really appreciate this thread. I recently got into an almost-shouting match with an elderly man in my family whom I have deeply loved all of my life. He is a Trump voter and Fox news watcher, and we used to have arguments over climate change etc. before, but our recent “discussion” felt like things were reaching a whole new level. Now, talking to him feels toxic. I hate to cut him off because of my lifelong affection for him, but the fact is, I just don’t know if I can stand talking to him ever again. It’s hard and painful. But continuing to listen to him spew nonsense would be harder and more painful, I think.

  43. IdenticalOskar says:

    I used Ambien and I’d sort of sleepwalk but be aware enough only to try and go places and wake up hours later with vague recollections of it being imperative to go out (I had someone at home to prevent me and I stopped taking it shortly after the first incident). Other than a feeling of drugged, but not restful sleep and a chemical hangover, that’s about it. Most people report the same issue and have had various accidents relating to trying to travel while still asleep. If she wasn’t already obviously and overtly racist, I’d say she was drunk, and I believe drinking tends to bring out a person’s true nature. In her case, we already knew so it doesn’t really matter. I hope she never works again.

  44. DSW says:

    The comments about this on my local news station’s Facebook was full of butt hurt, middle aged white people who apparently don’t understand the difference between parody or criticism and outright racism, because they kept arguing that SNL and The View should also be cancelled for daring to not kiss Donald Trump’s ass. There was even one woman who tried to argue she was a victim of “racism”, because a black man called her “the b-word” once. Well, if she doesn’t see the problem with Roseanne comparing African Americans to apes, she is a b-word! After seeing all that, I am the one who needs the Ambien.

  45. Christina S. says:

    This needs an update, ambien did make a statement. Honestly I think they should sue for defamation. There are some stupid people out there that still defend her and believe the nonsense that it’s ambiens fault.

    • Lizabeth says:

      I certainly don’t buy that Ambien caused Roseanne to become a racist. She’s made objectionable statements for years– remember when she ran for president? (Green party, I think) But I also don’t think the manufacturer can “sue for defamation” nor would they want to. Remember Patrick Kennedy crashed his car at 3AM near the Capitol apparently believing he was late for a House vote. He had taken Ambien hours earlier before going to bed. A few years later Kerry Kennedy was acquitted of an impaired driving charge after she accidentally took Ambien in the morning instead of her thyroid medication. When police first arrived at the scene of her crash, she said she hadn’t been in a crash because she didn’t realize she had been. She failed roadside sobriety tests (but was later determined to have no alcohol in her system.) These cases drew attention because they involved Kennedys but these kinds of cases aren’t that rare. I doubt Ambien’s manufacturer would want court testimony about documented cases of bizarre and dangerous behavior under the influence of Ambien. And I am sure there are plenty of cases–some mentioned by posters here–of people saying or texting seemingly out of character things while taking Ambien. Of course, the recent comments are in-character for RB, but it’s possible she might win in court if Ambien did bring a lawsuit against her!

  46. M.A.F. says:

    I knew Ambien was risky but after reading some of the stories here, my goodness. I rather just go the night without any sleep (but I do understand why some would take it).

    • Anastasia says:

      Trazadone is a very mild sleep aid with no addictive qualities and none of the dangers of Ambien. It was developed in the 50s or 60s as an anti-depressant, but it just made people sleepy, LOL. It’s good for people who can get to sleep, but can’t stay asleep. I think it’s prescribed more often now than Ambien. I use it, my husband uses it, and our daughter uses it (we all have the same sleep problems) and it’s awesome.

  47. me says:

    Let’s just sit and watch with our popcorn as all these racists keep destroying themselves.

  48. Indiana Joanna says:

    45 is now crying that ABC never fired anyone making fun of him.

    He is a weak, infantile, impotent moron. He is exposing himself as deeply insecure, inept and intellectually inferior. The uncoming NK summit and China trade talks will only reinforce his stupidity and desperation for validation.

  49. A says:

    Hmm. Far be it from me to defend Roseanne, but I do think she’s troubled in ways that she’s likely not letting on. It’s not an excuse for her behaviour in the slightest. As others before me have said, there are people who are just as troubled, if not more so, than she is, who don’t behave in reprehensible, egregious ways.

    But there’s a tone of, I dunno, something in her tweets since that’s struck me as somewhat out of character for her. It’s not remorse, I think it’s more a sense of confusion than anything else. She’s been allowed to get away with so much for so long, and tune out the criticism as long as the cash was rolling in, that maybe she even thought of herself as something harmless in the grand scheme of things? And having to deal with the realities of her actions is probably new to her lol.

    All this to say f*ck her. She’s gotten by without a shred of self-awareness until now, so I’m glad that it’s finally come back to bite her in the behind. She deserves this, and I don’t give her very long before she’s making the rounds on the talk shows, screaming about how she was “silenced” by the evil black woman at the helm of ABC.

    • A says:

      “I will handle my sadness the way I want to” is a very striking and perceptive thing to say. This is what I find out of character for her. Of course, her handling her sadness means more racist conspiracy theories, but the fact that she’s being somewhat vulnerable about any of this is strange to me.

  50. Eileen says:

    As a RN for 20 years yes I have seen Ambien affect the elderly (usually inducing psychosis) on occasion but never changing them into evil racists what did she think would happen after sending out that tweet? Never watched her work but she has caused so many people to lose their jobs

  51. Rescue Cat says:

    I feel like we had this conversation back in 1992 when the term ‘political correctness’ entered the public domain. Now here we are in 2018 having the same arguments all over again. It’s f@#king tedious. We should’ve moved on from this by now and turned our focus on to tackling climate change and economic inequality AKA Class War. Yet here we are experiencing Groundhog Day adfinitam.

  52. Anastasia says:

    I’m gad the makers of Ambien tweeted what they did! That slayed me!

    My husband took it for a VERY brief time. One night a small electrical fire started in the kitchen. I was still awake and so I smelled it and tried to wake him and he literally actually would not wake up. (The fire was put out quickly–thank God for kitchen fire extinguishers.) It scared me that he couldn’t wake up.

    Another time, he got up around 3 am, and thinking he was going to work, backed his car out of the garage. He hit the rearview window on the side of the garage so hard, it ripped off and was hanging by wires. He LEFT THE CAR THERE (keys and all) and came back to bed (I had no idea this was happening). When I got up at 6 am, I found him in the living room, on the phone and very confused. Turns out he booked a first class flight to San Diego for that day (we don’t know anyone in San Diego) and the booking agent wanted a credit card number.

    He stopped taking Ambien. Seeing his car was bad enough. Imagine if he had kept driving!

    Oh and Roseann is human garbage.

  53. Amanda says:

    I used to take Ambien a regularly for severe insomnia. While I was on it I bought clip in hair on QVC once and a couple times I ate leftovers and when I was finished I’d put the empty Styrofoam box and fork back in the refrigerator. Also, on more than one occasion I woke up having sent texts and made phone calls that I had no memory of, which were generally nonsensical but it never racist! I did switch to Lunesta though, the sleep eating was creepy and I was tired of explaining to my ex why I was texting him. The clip in hair was a total win though!

  54. Sue says:

    She would be better off looking at whatever anti-depressants she’s taking. Sleeping pills might take away your inhibitions, but they don’t change your underlying personality in the way that SSRI anti-depressants do. I’ve seen them make people nasty. Not racist, but nasty enough to realise that they really can change people’s brains.