Roseanne Barr’s tweets online caused quite the controversy last week after she compared Valerie Jarrett to a Muslim ape. If you haven’t been watching the news, Roseanne said that the former Barack Obama administration aide was a mixture of “Planet Of The Apes” and the “Muslim Brotherhood.”
Following her badly worded tweets, to put it one way, Roseanne apologized and said she would be avoiding Twitter for a little while. However, she hasn’t done so yet. In fact, she didn’t stop at all, and has created and then deleted numerous tweets.
Barr took to Twitter once again except this time she addressed the nine-year-old girl, Jayden Rey, who played her granddaughter in the series.
Rey portrayed Mary Conner, the daughter of Roseanne’s son, DJ. And in the first airing of the series, DJ wouldn’t kiss a black girl at school, but went on to marry the same woman and they had a daughter together, Mary.
In a tweet which she has since deleted, Roseanne said she felt great remorse because it’s incredibly painful for her to think that Rey would think she’s a racist.
Hi everyone! I saw a video posted by @theshaderoom of @tayneely95 singing this song written and produced by @alpiano81_alphaeus. Although I am only 9 yrs old, I've learned at a very early age that things will work in my favor but I just have to believe! When I got to California I didn't book any auditions for 8 months. That can be very discouraging but I didn't stop praying and I didn't stop believing. I stayed the course! One day I had a callback for the iconic @roseanneonabc show as Mary Conner. I had 3 more callbacks and my final one I was told I got the job on the spot. Imagine if I gave up after 8 months of auditions and not booking one single thing. Now I am excited about our second season! Your situation may be different. However, whatever your circumstances are I want you to know that THINGS WILL WORK IN YOUR FAVOR, YOU JUST GOTTA BELIEVE! . . . . #theshaderoom #nytola #actor #singer #song #dancer #believer #childofgod #roseanneabc #blessed #believe #encouragement #humble #grateful #positivevibes
She said, “I am so ashamed of myself that she would ever think I do not love her because she is African-American.”
However, according to multiple reports, Roseanne has made inflammatory comments toward African-American women before. Back in 2013, she said that Susan Rice looked like “swinging ape balls.”
Roseanne is a comedienne, and sometimes it’s easy for them to forget where the boundaries are, and that some people might not think their jokes are as funny as they do.
Either way, the Twitter incident has been great ammunition for other comedians including Bill Maher, who joked about the controversy on his own talk show, Real Time With Bill Maher. Bill joked that, even though they will always be friends, he didn’t realize she had another personality that is a racist.