In a new interview with the Jerusalem Post, Actress Roseanne Barr contended that antisemitism contributed to her firing from ABC’s “Roseanne” last year.
USA Today reports:
In an interview published Friday in the Jerusalem-based English-language newspaper ahead of her visit to address Israel’s parliament, Barr expanded on one of the multiple theories she’s offered to explain why she was kicked off her revived show, “Roseanne,” last summer.
“I feel that what happened to me, a large part of it is antisemitism,” Barr told the Post in a phone interview on Thursday from her home in Hawaii. “I think it played a part – the fact that I was never allowed to explain what I meant – and what I meant was a commentary on Iran – so they purposely mischaracterized what I said and wouldn’t let me explain.”
She said ABC acted in haste and did something “unprecedented that they’ve never done to any other artist” because she is “the most vocal person about Israel and (against) BDS,” the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions movement to pressure Israel over its treatment of Palestinians.
Barr was dropped from her show with ABC after she posted a disparaging tweet of former Obama administration official Valerie Jarrett. In the tweet, Barr said: “Muslim Brotherhood & Planet of the Apes had a baby=vj.” Many people thought the tweet was racist and Barr’s contract was subsequently ended with ABC.
USA Today adds:
The network reacted within hours, saying the tweet was “abhorrent, repugnant and inconsistent with our values, and we have decided to cancel her show.” Now the rebooted show has been rebooted again, without Barr, and it’s called “The Conners.”
Barr apologized abjectly and repeatedly but kept tweeting, trying to explain what she meant. She claimed it was the Ambien talking, that she didn’t know that Jarrett is black, and that she didn’t understand the racist implications of her tweet.
“What I said was mischaracterized purposely and repeatedly, so they didn’t even know what I meant, but they wanted to shape it and they did – they said it was something racial, when it was actually something political,” Barr said to the Jerusalem Post. “And I have never in my life done anything racist, and I think my career proves that. And they did it so quickly – to fire and label and slander my name. I think it had a lot to do with identifying with Israel.”
In June of last year, Barr tweeted that the tweet was a reference to anti-semitism rooted in the Iran deal—which Jarrett helped negotiate.
“Rod Serling wrote Planet of The Apes. It was about anti-semitism,” Barr wrote in tweet over the summer. “That is what my tweet referred to-the anti semitism of the Iran deal. Low IQ ppl can think whatever they want.”