December 10, 2022

Roseanne just returned to Twitter and gave the worst excuse ever for racist “ape” tweet

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The star of ABC’s Roseanne, actress Roseanne Barr, lost her job and much of the nation’s respect this morning when she decided to fire off a slew of racist tweets.  One compared former Obama administration advisor Valerie Jarrett to an “ape,”  while the other accused Chelsea Clinton of being a secret member of the George Soros family and repeated a long-debunked anti-Semitic conspiracy theory about Soros collaborating with Nazis during the Second World War.


After the tweets went viral and the backlash started rolling in, Roseanne announced she would be leaving Twitter and apologized for the remarks.

But in typical fashion, she couldn’t stay away – and instead has decided to go back on the offensive and “tweet through it,” as Twitter users have dubbed the decision to continue as if nothing was wrong after tweeting something profoundly offensive.

She didn’t even wait an entire day before jumping back in it and engaging with her loyal defenders online, who have been twisting themselves into knots in their incessant efforts to try to argue that somehow calling a woman of color an “ape” wasn’t racist.

Roseanne’s excuse? “I thought she was Saudi.”

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That did not go over well, and Barr returned to Twitter soon after to blame Ambien for her racist hostility (story here).

Peering through the rest of her timeline, we see her retweeting a veritable “who’s who” of right-wing propagandists and loyal chuds whipping out their digital calipers and trying to use race science to determine what order of “blackness” one must be in order for her comment to be racist.

It is truly incredible to see so many people miss the point of the outrage this badly.  Then again, they don’t see anything wrong with what Roseanne said, and think the only thing wrong with this whole situation is the fact that she has to face consequences for it.

Colin Taylor

Managing Editor

Colin Taylor is the managing editor of the Washington Press. He graduated from Bennington College with a Bachelor's degree in history and political science. He now focuses on advancing the cause of social justice, equality, and universal health care in America.

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