Roseanne Barr’s new argument: she didn’t even know Valerie Jarrett is black

'Roseanne' at Walt Disney Studios - Premiere

Roseanne Barr is still tweeting… and deleting. I honestly haven’t even looked at her Twitter in days, because life’s too short. I’d like to thank all of the outlets, like People Mag, for wading through that messy feed to figure out WTF she’s actually talking about. Roseanne was fired on Tuesday, after a spectacular Memorial Day meltdown involving Ambien-tweeting, racism, anti-Semitism and more. The official reason for her firing was that she said Valerie Jarrett – an African-American woman who is close, personal and professional friends with the Obamas – is “Muslim brotherhood & planet of the apes had a baby.” The funny/sad thing is, she’s tweeted (and deleted) tons of other racist bullsh-t for years and ABC still gave her the show.

Anyway, since she was fired, Roseanne has been convinced that it was all just some kind of huge misunderstanding and that she can either talk her way out of it or scream at people until she’s rehired. Some of what she’s been tweeting and deleting:

“I begged Ben Sherwood at ABC 2 let me apologize & make amends,” Barr tweeted, referencing the Disney/ABC Television Group President. “I begged them not to cancel the show. I told them I was willing to do anything & asked 4 help in making things right. I’d worked doing publicity4 them 4free for weeks, traveling, thru bronchitis. I begged4 ppls jobs.”

She continued, tweeting, “He said: what were you thinking when you did this? I said: I thought she was white, she looks like my family! He scoffed & said: “what u have done is egregious, and unforgivable.’ I begged 4 my crews jobs. Will I ever recover from this pain? Omg.”

She also expressed her regret to actress Jayden Rey, who played Mary Connor, the daughter of DJ (Michael Fishman) and his African American wife Geena (Xosha Roquemore) on the show.

“I think I’ll b better tomorrow. The saddest part of all is 4 Jayden Rey on the show whom I grew2 love so much & am so ashamed of myself that she would ever think I do not love her bc she is African American,” Barr tweeted. “It’s the most gawd awful painful thing. I can’t let myself cave in tho.”

“I end by offering everyone involved one more apology and prayers for healing of our divided nation,” she wrote in another tweet. “Tomorrow is Shabbat and I will continue to pray that everything for everyone goes forward & ends well for all. signing off twitter for a while. love u guys!”

[From People]

Yes, she’s so sad for the young African-American child-actress on the show, even though that child and character was just used as a convenient prop to “prove” that Roseanne Barr (and the Roseanne character) couldn’t be that bad or racist, because look, she has a black grandchild/friend! That’s all it was.

As for Roseanne’s claim that she didn’t even know Valerie Jarrett was black… are you f–king kidding me? Is that going to be the new Deplorable talking point? “I didn’t even know so-and-so was black, therefore I can’t be racist!”

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  1. Maria says:

    That woman needs to put a sock in it.

  2. Whitecat says:

    Oh please, Roseanne knows what’s up. When she dressed up as hitler and was putting human shaped cookies, everyone thought they were meant to be Jews, then she helpfully corrected them and said they are suppose to be palestinians (as if that makes it better).

    I’m happy she’s finally getting what’s coming to her but I am bored with this ‘oh we didn’t know she’s that racist!!!’ Of everyone involved in this mess. Everyone knew jeez.

  3. Anon33 says:

    Why hasn’t she stopped tweeting??? My god.

  4. minx says:

    Sure, a white woman from Planet of the Apes. Totally believable 🙄

  5. Renee2 says:

    Let’s pretend that she is speaking the truth, that she was not aware that she is Black – her anti-Muslim /anti-Arab xenophobic statements are okay????? This B*TCH!!!!!

  6. Wren says:

    This is getting ridiculous. If you’re going to be racist, own it. Just effing own it. Don’t go around whining and feeling sorry for yourself when your opinions finally get you in trouble. She doesn’t give a hoot about any of the cast or crew, she cares that everybody hates her. She cares that she’s perceived as the bad guy.

    • whatWHAT? says:

      racists are gonna racist until they get called out as one, and then it’s pearl-clutching time.

      “I’m not a racist…I was just joking…I have black friends…I didn’t even know she’s black”

      sure, jan.

      • North of Boston says:

        Yeah, she even used a child as a prop for her “I have black friends routine”:

        “The saddest part of all is 4 Jayden Rey on the show whom I grew2 love so much & am so ashamed of myself that she would ever think I do not love her bc she is African American,” Barr tweeted.”

        Barr needs to just have a seat now.

    • AnnaKist says:

      I agree, Wren. She can be a racist and own it. She can offend people all she likes, but as we have seen, there are others with the power to put her in her place, albeit belatedly. All the talking to, explaining, pleading for empathy from, has no effect on diehard nasty racists, xenophobes such as Barr, so ABC got her where it really hurts – in her wallet. As a bonus, she is copping exactly what she deserves, in terms of the schitt now being hurled her way from many angles.

  7. Peg says:

    She did not know Susan Rice was black also.
    Jimmy Kimmel is asking for forgiveness for Roseanne, because she is ill, Twitter users let him know illness don’t make you racist, and then pull tapes of Jimmy on the ‘Man Show’ in black/brown makeup.

  8. KeWest says:

    Roseanne and Bill Cosby. There goes my 80s childhood.

  9. NameChange says:

    Imma need this a*hole to shut up.

  10. Morning Coffee says:

    She can’t be racist. She has black friends! Ugh….

  11. Alix says:

    This is the same woman who asked her cast and crew not to defend her, right? When is someone going to confiscate her phone?

    FWIW, if she feels so bad about the jobs of everyone on the show, she could easily cut them all a big fat check from her own account with no financial hardship.

  12. Christin says:

    Time to put down the shovel and quietly fade back into life at the macadamia farm.

  13. Insomniac says:

    Bull. Shit. I saw some deplorables floating that “She’s black? No way!” defense of Roseanne this week. I saw the stuff you said about Jarrett while Obama was in office, Deplorables. Cut the crap.

    And I’m sure Jayden Rey is already all too familiar with racist white ladies who smile in her face and then say horrible things to and about black people.

  14. Llamas in pajamas says:

    She is freaking gross for using her crew an the little girl for sympathy for herself. She can go sit by Ivanka Trump. They have the same terrible social media game.

  15. lightpurple says:

    Oh, Roseanne. She’s black and she was born in Iran. And you knew that.

  16. Tiffany says:

    Of course she is on damage control, she finally went after someone with pull and connections. The minute she learned Iger called Jarrett personally she knew she was screwed. She got away with it with Dr. Susan Rice and thought she was going to get away with it with Valarie Jarrett. Valarie Jarrett’s connections and relationships are far and wide and dummy is seeing the consequences.

  17. HK9 says:

    She’s an ignorant f-k and she deserves everything she gets.

  18. I’m With The Band says:

    She needs to shut up and f*ck off. Apologies for my lack of eloquence.

  19. LittleWing says:

    I can always tell a jokers identity by their jokes. For bigots it’s ALWAYS on the p.o.c. to be a good sport. Come on – it’s just a joke!! Tsk, you’re so sensitive!!! ” i liked the first show and felt at the time that it was judged on a class basis – or maybe simply insiders who dealt with disliked Roseanne personally – and attacked it where say Norman Lear shows were not. that’s where I place Roseanne, as a descendent of Norman Lear shows. He was never personally unhinged like Roseanne tho.

  20. Philo says:

    It seems odd that she would make a point to single out and insult someone that she knows so little about- but I have to admit that had I only seen of her, I would have not thought she was black either.

    • Insomniac says:

      I’m pretty sure she and other Deplorables have mixed up Jarrett and Loretta Lynch, because of course they would.

    • jwoolman says:

      Roseanne is of the generation to whom the identification of black or white is important enough that she certainly is very good at seeing African features on faces. Even I could see it, and I’m not great at remembering faces.

      As long as the distinction is very important, people know how to make it. I remember an old guy originally from the Netherlands said something to me as a teenager that revealed he knew I was Irish. Astonished, I asked him how he knew. He said I had the map of Ireland on my face. I couldn’t see it, but he was of my grandparents’ generation and for them it was still crucial to zero in on those ethnicities. They thought an Italian Catholic and an Irish Catholic marrying was a mixed marriage that would never work.

  21. Darla says:

    This whole thing is so disgusting. I can’t say that “I can’t believe she’s still tweeting” because this is so typical of trumpsters. She’s on her pity me tour now. Of course she’s the real victim. How could anyone think she knew Jarrett is black? Why I thought she was Irish!

  22. Giddy says:

    She didn’t know Valerie Jarrett is black? That’s a damn lie. I didn’t know Roseann is racist? Oops, another lie. She didn’t mean it, she was sorta asleep, she has black friends! I cannot tell another lie…I always knew that she was a hateful a-hole.

  23. Peg says:

    She did know Susan Rice was black also.
    Jimmy Kimmel is asking for forgiveness for Roseanne, because she is ill, Twitter users let him know illness don’t make you racist, and then pull tapes of Jimmy on the ‘Man Show’ in black/brown makeup.

    • Darla says:

      I can’t figure this out though. It’s obvious she does have some sort of mental health issues, hasn’t it long been obvious? Or no? I don’t know. She’s obviously a very cruel person. Mean and cruel. But that’s not a mental health thing. So, two different issues, and she is both? Or is she just one of the most horrible people out there, and was never mentally ill? It doesn’t matter, but I think her history of presumed and at times, self-proclaimed mental health issues is getting mixed up with the fact that this woman is truly deplorable.

      • AnnaKist says:

        Yeah, Darla, maybe not mental health issues, but she’s definitely a nutter.

      • Who ARE These People? says:

        Mental illness usually prevents people from working. People with serious mental disorders don’t usually get starring roles in prime-time television shows and go out on comedy tours.

        That leaves Roseanne Barr as one of the worried well. And in this case, she’s one of the racist worried well. She’s just crude and coarse and doesn’t know how to filter herself.

      • North of Boston says:

        Yeah, mental health issues do not equate with being a mean racist.

        If you’ve got mental health issues, and you’ve got Roseanne’s assets, contacts and wealth, you get help, you put bumpers and guardrails in place to keep you moving along without hurting other people.

        And even if, for some reason you fail to do that and you wind up doing something nasty, you apologize, you admit what you did was wrong. You don’t spin the excuse wheel of “I’m sorry, the Ambien made me do it, I didn’t know, my mean boss fired me even though I said I was sorry, but but I know one black person and I really like her, oh, people think it’s offensive to insult Muslims and to equate people with apes?”

    • LV487 says:

      Carrie Fisher struggled with mental illness most of her life. She used comedy as an outlet, and was funnier than hell doing it. Mental illness doesn’t make you vicious, Roseanne is just a vile, nasty woman all on her own. Jimmy needs to shut it.

  24. Spike says:

    Poor misunderstood, compassionate, holier than thou Roseanne. She is praying for us for our misunderstandings; right after baking her Nazi /Holocaust cookies. Because…you know Holocaust cookies are sometimes funny. Let’s face it she is a despicable horrible human being.×9&h=576&w=1024&$p$f$h$w=0e7a364×437/

  25. girl_ninja says:

    What a pathetic soul.

  26. Elle says:

    I can’t put my finger on it but there’s something in this conversation about what traits she ascribes to dark-skin blacks and what traits she ascribes to light-skinned blacks…and why.

  27. LittleWing says:

    Why make ugly attacks on her appearance in any case?

    • Who ARE These People? says:

      This is a longstanding hallmark of racism — from describing to Jewish people as having “hooked” noses to likening Black people to apes and monkeys as if they stopped developing earlier on the evolutionary tree and white people are the latest, most superior form of development.

  28. Indiana Joanna says:

    OMG. She’s horrible. Just go away, Roseanne. You and your likeminded fans can go commiserate in a hole somewhere.

  29. AnnaKist says:

    “…and prayers for healing of our divided nation,” Umm. It’s people like you, Ms Barr, who have divided your nation. Gawd, just shut your gob, you ignorant, disrespectful, mouthy cow.

  30. Valerie says:

    lmao, oh, okay. All is forgiven. /s.

  31. adastraperaspera says:

    I thought Anderson Cooper’s interview about this with Tom Arnold on CNN was interesting. He says she needs help, but doesn’t excuse her racism.

    • Who ARE These People? says:

      She needs help with her value system is what she needs. And maybe something to control her impulsivity. However, given that her race hatred is so strong that it overcomes her inhibitions, she needs help with her value system FIRST.

    • ravynrobyn says:

      I freaking love Tom Arnold. Yes, he took advantage of this situation (how fortunate he has a new show to promote! So timely!) but at the same time he seems to own his own shite, and he knew Rosie pretty well 14 years ago. I don’t think her character has positively developed since they divorced, so although what he’s saying now may be somewhat made up, I think most of it rings true.

      She should write big fat checks for everyone in the cast & crew, then S.T.F.U.

      • Ange says:

        The funny thing is too that chicken/egg brooch she’s wearing up there? Tom Arnold hated the original shirt(?) with that design on it when he was on the show and married to her and didn’t want her wearing it. After they divorced that design started popping up everywhere in the show on everything and she’s still wearing it today. So funnily enough I have no issue imagining Roseanne doesn’t let go of things easily and doesn’t develop much as a person.

    • jwoolman says:

      Yes, Tom Arnold was very direct about the significance of white people comparing black people to monkeys and how long it has been going on. Not only in insults – but I’ve seen it in old cartoons and comics and various racist pop art pieces popular in earlier times. Roseanne knew what she was doing and she knew the woman is black, no matter how much Ambien she had ingested recently.

      The Muslim bit is an alt right xenophobia/ Obama-associated blacks are secret Muslims thing also – the woman was born in Iran of American parents while her dad was running a children’s hospital as part of some farming/health project. Then they went to the UK and finally to Chicago. Let viewing with alarm commence.

  32. Marianne says:

    This is exactly why I eyeroll when I see comments on facebook about giving her a second chance and what not. Like, if she was truly sorry then she would own up to it and take some responsibility. But no, she didnt know she was black. But no, she was on ambien. And how dare her co-workers criticize her and not take her side.

  33. JRenee says:

    The more she tweets, the more demented and unhinged she reveals herself to be. Such liars.

  34. Jayna says:

    Sure, Roseanne. That’s why you went after our previous First Lady Michelle Obama, who just happens to be black, blaming her for your show being cancelled. I mean, it’s not the network ABC or its parent company Disney that made that decision. No. According to you, It’s Michelle Obama who got you fired. Yeah, that’s really helping to prove you’re not a racist.

  35. jferber says:

    Liar. Just stop. Nobody believes you.

  36. Lorelei says:

    This is one of the reasons I loathe Deplorables so much. If they see this from Roseanne and aren’t sure who VJ is or what she looks like, they could take literally two seconds to google her and find out. But they won’t, and instead will just shout in support of Roseanne.

    Facts truly do not matter anymore.

  37. RspbryChelly says:

    I can’t go on her Twitter because A) even though I like crazy, this level of crazy needs to shut it. But its mostly B) I end up reading the comments & im floored by almost ALL of the people who continue to write “we support you, Roseanne” “we forgive you” “it was ONE mistake” and I just want to drag each and every one of them. But I also have a job

  38. Amelie says:

    I actually thought Valerie Jarrett was maybe Native American but I didn’t know much about her. When I Wikipedia-ed, it said she did a DNA test which showed 5% Native American ancestry so I was 5% right. This just goes to show you should never assume what people are based on their appearance! Many people can “look” different things, it doesn’t give you license to spout racist garbage.

  39. ZigZags says:

    Here’s the thing. Valerie Jarrett wasn’t famous or nationally known outside of political circles before the Obama administration. If you knew the name Valerie Jarrett before the 2008 election, you were either from Chicago, had an interest in the Obama campaign, or worked in politics.

    So she had to know who Valerie Jarrett was and that she is a woman of color. She isn’t some random staffer from the White House circa 2009.

  40. paranormalgirl says:

    She didn’t give a thought to the crew. She can stop.

  41. Yes Doubtful says:

    You still don’t call a POC an ape Roseanne. PERIOD. All these excuses and no accountability. She is a racist.

  42. holly hobby says:

    I call bs on her. The way she used THOSE WORDS to describe VJ shows she does know she is black. She was also tweeting about keeping her legal options open so no I dont’ believe she’s remorseful.

    She sucks on so many levels.

  43. Anare says:

    I cancelled her years ago. She has an ugly personality and is one of those people who makes crazy, offensive remarks just to keep her name in the news. Truly hideous.

  44. Sza says:

    I can’t take any of this faux outrage against this vile woman seriously.

    She dressed up as Hitler for a photo shoot and was photographed putting human shaped cookies into an oven. When an interviewer asked her about it, she defended her decision by saying the cookies were meant to be Palestinians. She has been vile, racist and horrible for years but she still got a show and all these actors worked with her, people gave her views. But all of a sudden everyone’s like omfg she’s so racist. Cue the fake outrage brigade.

    I don’t buy it.

  45. Carbonara says:

    As English is not my mother tongue I have a question about grammar : Is it right to say “she didn’t even know Valerie Jarrett is black” or should we say “she didn’t even know Valerie Jarrett was black”, so as to preserve verb tenses concordance ? I would instinctively go for the second as the first sentence sounds weird to my hear, but perhaps it applies differently in english ?