Roseanne Blames Ambien for Racist Tweet
UPDATE: The original version of this article featured a tweet claiming Roseanne had accepted a job at Infowars. The tweet came from a fake account pretending to be Roseanne. We apologize for this error.
Even though Roseanne said she was leaving Twitter, the 59-year-old actress returned after news of her show’s cancelation broke. In a series of tweets, she tries to defend herself for what she said, and at one point Roseanne blames Ambien for her tweets.
Roseanne first tried to say she didn’t realize Valerie Jarrett was actually African-American. In a reply to one of her fans, she said, “I honestly thought she was Jewish and Persian – ignorant of me for sure, but…i did.”
Roseanne also said she had been on Ambien, a medication used to treat insomnia, at the time. In a now deleted tweet in which Roseanne blames Ambien, she wrote, “guys I did something unforgivable 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. I made a mistake I wish I hadn’t but…don’t defend it please.”
Roseanne cited Ambien again in a later tweet, also deleted, saying, “Not giving excuses for what I did (tweeted) but I’ve done weird stuff while on ambien — cracked eggs on the wall at 2am etc.”
She also said that even though her show was canceled because of “one lousy joke,” she has a new gig: over at Infowars.
“Yeah, ABC cancelled over one lousy joke. But I just received the two greatest honors of my life: 1) Infowars just offered me a slot, and I of course accepted. 2) Q just posted, and is a huge fan! ? #Qanon is my family now. #WWG1WGA Thank you all for your love and support!
Yeah, ABC cancelled over one lousy joke.
But I just received the two greatest honors of my life:
Thank you all for your love and support! pic.twitter.com/52rIdUp2FU
— Roseanne Barr (@therealroseane) May 29, 2018
The second part of that tweet has to deal with QAnon, an anonymous 4chan account that loves Trump and divulging conspiracy theories. QAnon is now an umbrella term for several more-specific conspiracy theories that claim Democrats and other liberal-leaning groups are secretly controlling the world — as well as a network of pedophile rings. The theory is popular in parts of the pro-Trump base because one of its key components is the idea that Trump is about to crack the case wide open.
QAnon is something that Barr has promoted before, right after her reboot premiered.