UPDATE: ABC has canceled Roseanne. “Roseanne’s Twitter statement is abhorrent, repugnant and inconsistent with our values, and we have decided to cancel her show,” ABC Entertainment president Channing Dungey said Tuesday.
There may be hope for Twitter after all. After a string of racist and conspiracy theory-laden tweets, Roseanne Barr has announced she’s leaving Twitter. The 59-year-old actress and comedian came under fire (yet again) after comparing former Obama administration senior adviser Valerie Jarrett to an ape. This new racist Roseanne Barr Twitter meltdown initially began with tweets about Pizzagate.
Barr tweeted, “Muslim brotherhood & planet of the apes had a baby = vj.” CNN reporter Andrew Kaczynski responded to Barr’s tweets with, “ABC is doing their best to ignore some of these statements from Roseanne and she is making it really hard for them by taking it to next level here.”
Barr responded that she was only joking. While some of her jokes are funny, this isn’t one of them.
Barr’s racist insult of an African-American woman came hours after she re-shared several tweets about Pizzagate, the long-debunked conspiracy theory that went viral during the 2016 United States presidential election cycle about prominent Democrats being involved in a sex trafficking ring. Pizzagate resulted in Washington, D.C., pizzeria Comet Ping Pong attacked by a gunman after Donald Trump’s election.
But the Roseanne Barr Twitter tirade didn’t end at Pizzagate. Barr also suggests that Chelsea Clinton is part of a Jewish conspiracy, calling her “Chelsea Soros Clinton.” And she retweeted a meme suggesting Hillary Clinton should commit suicide. She then retweeted a meme mocking Chelsea Clinton’s appearance, comparing her to a donkey.
Less than an hour after retweeting conspiracy theories about Soros and the Clintons, Barr apologized “to Valerie Jarrett and to all Americans” for “making a bad joke about her politics and her looks,” and deleted her tweet comparing Jarrett to an ape.
But the best part? When Roseanne Barr announced she’s “leaving Twitter.”
We’re hoping that an ABC exec got on the phone with her and brought her back down to Earth. Being pro-Trump is one thing, but tweeting racist, violent, baseless conspiracy theories to her almost 700,000 followers is seriously dangerous. ABC has already given her quite the platform with her revived show and rehashed celebrity status.
No word yet on whether this new Roseanne Barr Twitter debacle will influence the Roseanne sitcom’s return for a second season.