Roseanne Barr has claimed that her racist tweet – which likened former Barack Obama aide Valerie Jarrett to a character from Planet of the Apes and caused her show to get axed – was in fact about anti-Semitism.
Back in May, the Roseanne star blasted the politician with the following tweet: "Muslim brotherhood & planet of the apes had a baby=vj," sparking a huge backlash against her.
The 65-year-old then blamed the debacle on her Ambien medication, which the company soon hit back about in an amazing statement that clarified it has no racist side-effects.
People of all races, religions and nationalities work at Sanofi every day to improve the lives of people around the world. While all pharmaceutical treatments have side effects, racism is not a known side effect of any Sanofi medication.- Sanofi US (@SanofiUS) May 30, 2018
Now, Barr has claimed that the post was in fact making a point about anti-Semitism, despite y'know, sounding pretty Islamophobic and all that.
In the latest post, she tweeted: "Rod Serling wrote Planet of The Apes. It was about anti-semitism. That is what my tweet referred to-the anti semitism of the Iran deal. Low IQ ppl can think whatever they want."
Rod Serling wrote Planet of The Apes. It was about anti-semitism. That is what my tweet referred to-the anti semitism of the Iran deal. Low IQ ppl can think whatever they want.- Roseanne Barr (@therealroseanne) June 14, 2018
Rod Serling was the screenplay writer on the original 1968 Planet of the Apes film, which itself was based on the 1963 novel La Planète des Singes by Pierre Boulle.
Elsewhere, Barr has explained that she's quitting using Ambien, along with thanking showbiz friends including Fox News host Sean Hannity and US radio host Lionel for their support.
Stars including Sara Gilbert, Michael Fishman and Emma Kenney have strongly condemned Barr's tweet, but Barr's long-term co-star John Goodman entirely avoided entering the debate around her racist tweet when questioned about it in a televised interview.
Speaking to Entertainment Tonight, Goodman said: "I respect you guys, but I just – I would rather say nothing than to cause more trouble."
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