To say actress Roseanne Barr is in hot water is to be about three hours behind on the news cycle; at this point, Barr is fully cooked.
She lost whatever respect she had left (from everyone other than the far-right and Donald Trump Jr.), lost her titular television show, and effectively ended all future career prospects that don’t involve Periscope rants from the driver’s seat of her car and selling mindset supplements on InfoWars.
Amidst the current controversy in question – her early morning Tweets in which she called former Obama adviser Valerie Jarrett an “ape“, most news outlets jumped right over her rampant anti-Semitism in their rush to get to the anti-black racism.
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In an even earlier tweet, Barr chose to attack former first daughter Chelsea Clinton in what at first glance appears to be the usual far-right paranoia but in context of her other statements positively drips with anti-Semitism.
Barr alleges that Clinton is somehow related to Soros – whether by marriage with a hyphenated last name, or possibly as a middle name, which is an allusion to the right-wing conspiracy that Soros and the Clintons secretly intermarried and are part of a cabal of Jewish “globalists” who are working towards a New World Order in order to…what, exactly, is unclear.
The joke, like Barr’s comedy career, bombed so quickly it could be mistaken for George W. Bush’s response to 9/11 – but it still caught Chelsea Clinton’s attention:
Good morning Roseanne – my given middle name is Victoria. I imagine George Soros’s nephews are lovely people. I’m just not married to one. I am grateful for the important work @OpenSociety does in the world. Have a great day! https://t.co/mXokiTEwN7
— Chelsea Clinton (@ChelseaClinton) May 29, 2018
“Good morning Roseanne,’ she cheerfully began. “My given middle name is Victoria,” she says, somewhat clarifying the context of Barr’s joke.
“I imagine George Soros nephews are lovely people. I’m just not married to one,” she pointed out, calling out Barr’s invocation of the notorious Soros name.
She closes the tweet praising the work Soros’ Open Society does for the world, before wishing Barr a great day.
Barr, who had yet to lose everything she’d ever worked for, responded in a sub-tweet, again provided as a screenshot in case Barr loses, suspends, or deletes her account:
“Sorry to have tweeted incorrect info about you! Please forgive me! By the way, George Soros is a nazi who turned in his fellow Jews 2 be murdered in German concentration camps and stole their wealth – were you aware of that? But, we all make mistakes, Right Chealsea? (sic),” Barr rambles.
Clinton made the wise choice not to respond further, instead choosing to let Barr bring about her own downfall.
Barr’s statement about Soros, though, is so demonstrably untrue that it could only come from someone in the right-wing.
Hungarian-American George Soros was born in August 12, 1930. Hungary joined Germany in their war against the Soviet Union in June of 1941 when Soros was a whopping 10-years-old.
In March of 1944, when Soros was a mere 13, tension in the ranks of the Axis powers prompted Germany to turn on Hungary and invade the country, where Adolf Hitler set up a new government faithful to Germany.
Soros, therefore, could not have been “a nazi who turned in his fellow Jews 2 be murdered in German concentration camps,” as claimed Barr in her tweet. This disgusting over simplification of the horrors inflicted upon millions of people in the name of nationalism is an insult to every person who was affected by the Holocaust.
By contrast, the president she so vehemently defended until she got her own show canceled, is actively separating children from their parents when they cross the border, potentially paving the way for his own brand of concentration camps.
Clinton’s mother was incorrect in use of the word “deplorable” to describe Trump supporters on the campaign trail as it is nowhere near strong enough to truly define what these people are.
“Abhorrent,” as suggested by the Merriam-Webster’s dictionary, should be the new Trump term going forward – especially since none of his supporters will be able to define it.
This article has been edited to correct a typo making George Soros 20 in 1941 to the correct age of 10.