It’s hard to leave the spotlight. Especially when the departure is involuntary.
That may be the only reason that actress and comedian Roseanne Barr continues to do things that scream “look at me!” while courting controversy with the same brand of right-wing hate speech that destroyed her career in the first place.
With a fan base that shares her conspiracy theory-laden world view, Barr now shares her misguided rants via a dedicated YouTube channel to which she now randomly posts apparently whatever thoughts pop into her head as she consumes a steady diet of rabidly right-wing media, in much the same reactionary mode as our current president.
Barr set her sights on The Green New Deal being promoted by Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) and Senator Ed Markey (D-MA) in a rambling, barely coherent post on her YouTube channel recently. Her video included a dose of insulting and disparaging comments about the freshman Democratic Socialist representative whose name Barr didn’t have the intellectual capacity to remember, but who was obviously the target of the former TV star’s vitriol.
“That green new deal that that Farrakhan-loving bitch,” Barr says in the video, referring to Nation of Islam leader Louis Farrakhan. “I don’t even remember her name. The bug-eyed bitch that looks like a realtor. She got them realtor eyes. … Bug-eyed lying bitch, Farrakhan fan, Israel hater. Lefty. Dumbass, dumbass, dumb as they get,” the actress continued in her rant.
Barr has obviously absorbed the full Fox News talking points on AOC, as the congresswoman is known, and on the propaganda about the “evils’ of socialism judging from her remarks.
Besides associating the freshman congresswoman with Farrakhan in a racist assumption, she added a few conspiracy theories of her own including the accusation that Ocasio-Cortez was being paid by some unnamed outside forces to push the Green New Deal and that Democrats wanted immigrants in the U.S. because “all their buddies are hiring them for less than minimum wage.”
Barr seems completely unashamed at displaying her proud ignorance, saying things like Ocasio-Cortez’s opposition to billions in tax breaks — without the input of the local community — to Amazon in exchange for opening offices in her Queens district was “costing hundreds of people decent paying jobs because they breathe carbon in the air or some horseshit.”
It’s sad to watch the remnants of celebrity being exploited to propagate such ill-informed and hateful messages, but you can watch Roseanne Barr make a fool of her self in the video below.
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Original reporting by Justin Wise at The Hill.