Dumped by ABC after a tweet mocking former President Barack Obama’s adviser Valerie Jarrett, Roseanne Barr recently claimed her firing was politically motivated.
In her tweet back in May — for which she apologized the same day — Barr said that Jarrett, who is African-American, looked like a cross between the Muslim Brotherhood and “Planet of the Apes.” Despite offering an apology and then some, her employer, ABC, fired her.
Now, however, Barr says she thinks there may have been other reasons for the dismissal of her top-rated sitcom revival.
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On her YouTube channel this week, Barr offered up her perspective — and made some unexpected claims. Most notably, she claimed she was fired because she supports President Donald Trump, as Fox News reported.
“Now, instead what happened was about 40 minutes after that [tweet], my show was canceled before even one advertiser pulled out and I was labeled a racist,” Barr claimed. “Why, you ask? Well, the answer’s simple — it’s because I voted for Donald Trump. And that is not allowed in Hollywood.”
Regarding her joke about Jarrett, Barr said she did not see it as anything pertaining to race. She said she thought Jarrett was white and offered to make television appearances to give her side of the story on the issue.
It is in line with what she tweeted in late May, saying she thought Jarrett was of Saudi background.
Other than the swift timing of her firing, however, Barr did not have much to back up her claim that the firing was politically motivated. Even so, there may be a bit of a double standard at work with The Walt Disney Company —when leftists like Keith Olbermann (ESPN) and Joy Behar (ABC’s “The View”) are employed despite Olbermann’s attacks on conservative women (like Ann Coulter, Michelle Malkin and S.E. Cupp) and Behar’s implying that Christians, including Vice President Mike Pence, are mentally ill.
However, Disney did recently fire leftist “Guardians of the Galaxy” script writer James Gunn for a number of pedophilia jokes he made on Twitter from 2008-2011.
Even if Barr is not happy about the way things ended for her with “Roseanne,” it is clear she wants to make amends for what happened. In addition to her apology, she waived her rights to the show’s characters so that it could continue on as “The Conners” — and so that her mishap did not result in other people’s loss of work.
Whether or not the spinoff will success remains up for debate, but indeed, it’s moving forward.
Barr does not want to be labeled a hateful person and wants to restore her public image.
It’s also worth noting that back in May, Barr’s ex-husband Tom Arnold revealed she suffers from mental health issues, as many had speculated in the past. Regardless of the issues she faces, it is evident Barr does not want to be labeled a hateful person and wants to restore her public image.
At this point, the chances of her shining on another hit sitcom that lasts a full decade are slim — but at least she’s admitting to the errors she’s made.
Tom Joyce is a freelance writer from the South Shore of Massachusetts. He covers sports, pop culture, and politics and has contributed to The Federalist, Newsday and other outlets.