Roseanne Barr: I would never have ‘wittingly called any black person’ a ‘monkey’

Roseanne Barr promotes the new season of 'Roseanne' at The Wendy Williams Show

Just know that I’d rather not even acknowledge Roseanne Barr at this point, but I understand that she and this whole situation are still newsworthy. Perhaps Roseanne is even some kind of f–ked up new cautionary tale for the dumbasses: your words and actions have consequences. I guess it’s never too late for them to learn that. If you spend years saying racist and bigoted sh-t, chances are pretty good that it will eventually catch up to you and you’ll lose your job, your income, your standing, and more. Maybe people will heckle you while you’re eating. Maybe you’ll be kicked out of establishments for your deplorable beliefs. Or maybe a corporation will decide that your dumb ass just isn’t worth the trouble.

So Roseanne Barr has already half-heartedly apologized a few times for her tweets about Valerie Jarrett. She claimed she was on Ambien. She claimed that she didn’t even know that Valerie Jarrett is black. She claimed that, despite all evidence to the contrary, she never “practiced racism.” Well, she has a “new interview,” only it was apparently recorded the day after ABC fired her racist ass. The interview was conducted by Rabbi Shmuley Boteach, and he only posted it online this weekend. You can hear this mess here. Some highlights:

On the “Muslim brotherhood & planet of the apes had a baby=vj” tweet: “It’s really hard to say this but, I didn’t mean what they think I meant. And that’s what’s so painful. But I have to face that it hurt people. When you hurt people, even unwillingly, there’s no excuse. I don’t want to run off and blather on with excuses. But I apologize to anyone who thought, or felt offended and who thought that I meant something that I, in fact, did not mean. It was my own ignorance, and there’s no excuse for that ignorance.”

She’s remorseful, she swears: “You have to feel remorse, not just repentance. That’s just a step towards feeling remorse. And when you feel remorse you have to follow it with recompense. You have to take an action in the world — whether it’s through money or other things — to correct your sin. After your heart is unfrozen and after it stops being broken from the pain you caused others, you stop being a robot and you’ve got to come back to God. So it’s remorse, and I definitely feel remorse.”

She’s swears she’s not stupid or a racist: “I have black children in my family. I can’t, I can’t let ‘em say these things about that, after 30 years of my putting my family and my health and my livelihood at risk to stand up for people. I’m a lot of things, a loud mouth and all that stuff. But I’m not stupid, for God’s sake. I never would have wittingly called any black person, [I would never have said] they are a monkey. I just wouldn’t do that. I didn’t do that. People think that I did that and it just kills me. I didn’t do that. And if they do think that, I’m just so sorry that I was so unclear and stupid. I’m very sorry. But I don’t think that and I would never do that. I have loved ones who are African-American, and I just can’t stand it. I’ve made a huge error and I told ABC when they called me.”

Her regrets: “I horribly regret it. Are you kidding? I lost everything, and I regretted it before I lost everything. And I said to God, ‘I am willing to accept whatever consequences this brings because I know I’ve done wrong. I’m going to accept what the consequences are,’ and I do, and I have. But they don’t ever stop. They don’t accept my apology, or explanation. And I’ve made myself a hate magnet. And as a Jew, it’s just horrible. It’s horrible.”

[From THR]

I love how everyone – from ABC to the Roseanne cast to Roseanne Barr herself – are all going along with the cover story that Roseanne was fired because of ONE tweet. Granted, it was an awful, hateful, racist, trash tweet. Granted, she’s still lying about what she meant and all of that. But let’s be clear: the reason I know Roseanne Barr is a racist is because she’s tweeted deranged, racist sh-t for years. All of it was out in the open, on her Twitter feed, for YEARS. She hated Barack Obama. She hated Michelle Obama. She spread right-wing fringe conspiracies about the Obamas and people in the Obama administration. The Valerie Jarrett tweet was not some one-off, one simple mistake in an unblemished history. The question was always: why did ABC even get back into bed with Roseanne Barr in the first place?

'Roseanne' at Walt Disney Studios - Premiere

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  1. sqss says:

    If it wasn’t meant as a racist slur, then her joke about Planet of the Apes doesn’t even make sense.

    • fishface says:

      This. And also – weren’t her handlers trying to get hold of her cellphone because they knew it was only a matter of time before she said something revolting again on Twitter?

    • diana says:

      She’s full of shit. She called another black person “ape” sometime ago. Screenshots are all over twitter. And her timeline is still full of conspiracy crap and bigotry. Granted most of her bigotry is targeting Palestinians or muslims and so that’s fair game apparently.

      • Jan90067 (aka imqrious2) says:

        Susan Rice was the one she called that, too.

        Roseanne is a Dump-loving, right-winged, nut job biggot. End of.

    • ann says:

      She’s full of shit.

  2. ValiantlyVarnished says:

    She would never have wittingly call any black person a monkey…except she did. TWICE. The first black woman she called a monkey on Twitter wasn’t Valerie Jarrett. It was Susan Rice. Three years ago. She likes referring to black women specifically as monkeys. I really want this corn husk of a human being to go away.

  3. heh says:

    B*tch, STFU.

  4. paranormalgirl says:

    …and yet, she did.

    • still_sarah says:

      On the “Muslim brotherhood & planet of the apes had a baby=vj” tweet: “It’s really hard to say this but, I didn’t mean what they think I meant”

      @ Paranormalgirl : Exactly. She wants us to believe that the only logical explanation (based on her words) ISN’T what she meant ….. except it is what you meant, Rosanne. It’s exactly what you meant. Her OWN words.

  5. girl_ninja says:

    That show never should have gotten a reboot. She has said and shared hateful and awful things for years.

    • marjiscott says:

      The studio authorized a reboot as a face saving and job saving measure for the lesser cast and, most importantly, the crew. Network shows have really large workers in every category. It was so unfair for THEM to lose their jobs, and trying to support their families. As far Roseanne herself? Forgettaboutit!

  6. ocjulia says:

    Ape. She “wittingly” called a black person an ape.

    She’s a garbage human.

  7. Naomi says:

    She’s crying cos she loses money, abc hired in the first instance because of money. Sadly it’s about the bottom line, not ethics or morals.

    • BearcatLawyer says:

      And she didn’t “lose everything.” She still has millions. What she is upset about is how many people are actively shunning her now whereas in the past they likely overlooked her behaviour.

  8. Lightpurple says:

    So, she admits that was wrong but still think the anti-Muslim slur in the Same tweet was okay? Jarrett was born in Iran.

    • magnoliarose says:

      I didn’t know she was born in Iran. So she just so happened to make a Muslim slur and a slur against black people involving Valerie J. Suuuuuure.

  9. Beth says:

    Get lost, Roseanne. She’s had a history of racism and ignorance, so does she really think we’ll believe the disgusting tweets that caused her to completely lose her career were really just a side effect of meds? She’s probably rip shit pissed the rest of the cast is moving on to a show without her

  10. Lizzie says:

    she said it. she meant it. she’s a racist conspiracy theory pushing lunatic. you reap what you sow. bye bye bitch.

  11. Neelyo says:

    It’s amazing how loud, brash and in your face she was when her show was #1 a few weeks ago. How the stupid have fallen. And now that she’s not #1, Trump predictably has no use for her.

    Where’s your messiah now? (spoken in Edward G. Robinson’s voice)

  12. Rapunzel says:

    Dear Roseanne,

    If you have to explain the joke, then it isn’t funny. If after all these years in the public eye, you can’t say exactly what you mean, then you need help. If you get fired for a tweet, then maybe you should get off Twitter. And if you called Susan Rice a monkey years ago, then you ain’t got no right saying you’ve never called black people a monkey.

    Signed, sane people everywhere

  13. Rapunzel says:

    This is exactly why the Rosanne spinoff should not be happening. Rosanne is clearly trying to get back into the public’s good graces and that spinoff allows her a vehicle. I hope it doesn’t happen.

  14. me46 says:

    Womp Womp Roseanne

  15. Shelley says:

    It’s about $$$. There have been a Ton of pictures of her in Utah (I think) crying on lawn etc. The house seemed basic and middle class. There is a missing piece and it’s money that’s why she’s apologizing.

  16. marjiscott says:

    Oh, Stop It! Don’t we have enough lying going on already?

  17. The Original G says:

    Wit had nothing to do with this.

  18. LuckyZeGrand says:

    Of all the hellfires on Earth,I can’t find an iota of sympathy for the poor racist white woman.
    There is no way to learn how to get up unless you fall.The idealist in me wants to think she might change but I know she won’t so as soon as the media stops talking about her,the better.

  19. Originaltessa says:

    Ok, Roseanne… What did you mean?

  20. Ruyana says:

    I especially despise people who glory in their public expressions of racism. Who laugh and think they’re so very clever. And we know you’re a racist, Roseanne – so just own it. It’s not like a MAGA hat you can take off. It’s part of your very ugly psyche. Part of *you*.

    This reminds me so much of the “men” who were filmed during vile racist attacks and later, after identified and arrested and/or fired they made a big blubbering, crying “sorry” tape. You’re not sorry, obviously your were enjoying yourself while attacking others. You’re only sorry that now you have to pay the price.

    Since Cheetolini got put into office racists seem to think public displays of their hatred are socially acceptable now. They are not. The majority of Americans are *not* racist and we think those of you who are as sick and stupid people. Just my two cents.

  21. tealily says:

    I’m wracking my brain, trying to figure out what else her comment could have meant. I got nothin’.

  22. Lala says:

    Roseanne’s show was cancelled for one reason…she FINALLY messed with the WRONG ONE…you can mess with POTUS/FLOTUS Obama…Susan Rice…ect…but you WILL NOT…mess with Valarie Jarrett…when folks go low…she buries them (and/or run them out of town…ask Rham Emmanuel)

    • Betsy says:

      I didn’t know that she had a reputation like that! But if she was the one to finally get Roseanne appropriately punished, I’m glad Jarrett did it.

  23. Cayy says:

    Then why is she still Tweeting this nonsense?

  24. Betsy says:

    If I knew Valerie Jarrett was African American before the Roseanne’s a racist dummy dust up, I didn’t remember.

    But a good way not to “accidentally” use racial slurs is not to use them anywhere ever because they’re so wounding. The only people who use them are the same kind of people who kick puppies and knock ice cream cones out of children’s’ hands. I should let Roseanne know this secret to life. Stop saying racist junk. It’s easy. Most of us live our lives without slurs!

    • AnneC says:

      Jarret was a favorite person to hate by the right wing during the obama presidency. She was constantly vilified by right wingers. Roseanne knew exactly who she was, just like she knew who Susan Rice was when she called her a racist name. Go away Roseanne.

  25. Ginger says:

    Roseann lost everything? Womp, womp. I don’t really care, do u?

    • Jan90067 (aka imqrious2) says:


      Wonder if I can get that printed on a jacket…hmmmmm 🤔

  26. khaveman says:

    And yet……….she did. Loser.

  27. RBC says:

    I still don’t understand why this reboot was given the green light in the first place. It takes only a few minutes to look up Roseanne’s disgusting and disturbing posts on social media in recent years. No one at ABC/Disney was aware of this? This story is far from over

  28. Who ARE These People? says:

    So now we know how a celebrity Chabad-Orthodox rabbi coaches racist celebrities to deal with massive and disgusting public f**k-ups.

    (FYI, I’m Jewish.)

  29. Starkiller says:

    As soon as someone starts with the “I can’t be racist, I have a black family member/friend/lover/coworker” diatribe, I pretty much immediately tune them out.

    • Betsy says:

      I’m not black, but even I know that phrase is the racism equivalent of, “not to be rude, but…”

  30. hogtowngooner says:

    I’m so tired of this woe-is-me nonsense when racists are held accountable for their racism. She’s had a million chances to defend herself and comes up with a new excuse every single time, and we’re supposed to just pat her head and say “it’s OK because you’re sad”. THAT’S white privilege.

  31. Xtrology says:

    It wasn’t that ABC got back into bed with Roseanne, she’s a ratings bonanza. It’s that they didn’t prepare for this very scenario in the way they structured the contract. As I said on my blog, Roseanne should never have been fired. We can’t deal with racism by firing everyone. She should have been forced to be racist on the show itself and then shown what horror this type of behavior causes — all the people it hurts. And even the issue of mental illness — all this — on the show. I don’t want to see more Darlene. Just not interested in her at all. Can she carry the show? I think not.

  32. J.Mo says:

    Except Susan Rice. When is she going to come up with an excuse for that time?

  33. Spike says:

    I could only read a sentence of her apology/nonapology. The old “some of my best friends are…” please. Throughout she keeps coming back to I, I, I. And then to wrap it up with referring to her Judiasm. Just don’t. As for people misunderstanding you; nope they understood perfectly.

    Denigrating a black person by labeling them as an ape is a hoary racist trope. I know from where from I speak – I heard this and many other contemptuous sentiments throughout my childhood. Just a thought -

    Your beliefs become your thoughts,
    Your thoughts become your words,
    Your words become your actions,
    Your actions become your habits,
    Your habits become your values,
    Your values become your destiny.