Roseanne Barr Explains Why She Thinks ABC Fired Her: "A Large Part Of It Is Anti-Semitism"
January 14, 2019 13:32 By Fabiosa
In the spring of 2018, things were going great for Roseanne Barr. The reboot of her hit sitcom, Roseanne, was a huge success, and she was looking forward to continuing her work on the show. Sadly, it wasn’t meant to be.
The ill-fated tweet
Roseanne was fired by ABC following a racist tweet about Valerie Jarrett, a former adviser to President Obama. The tweet read:
Muslim Brotherhood & Planet of the Apes had a baby=vj.
The comedienne’s attempts at damage control failed. She publicly apologized to Jarrett and tried to explain herself to ABC executives, but they would have none of it. Roseanne was kicked out of the show, which continued its run without her and was renamed as The Conners.
ABC had a hidden motive for her firing, Roseanne says
It's difficult for Roseanne to come to terms with being sacked from the show that was her life’s work. She has repeatedly tried to explain that the tweet wasn’t taken as she had meant it.
In fact, the actress says her firing didn’t happen because of the insult contained in the tweet, but for an entirely different reason. In an interview with The Jerusalem Post, the actress (who is Jewish) said ABC found her political views inconvenient. She told the paper:
I feel that what happened to me, a large part of it is anti-Semitism. 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.
Roseanne said in the interview that ABC’s interpretation of the tweet was skewed and they used it as a pretext to kick her out, while the real reason for her firing had to do with her Jewish heritage and support for Israel:
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. 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.
Roseanne’s upcoming visit to Israel
Although, as she says, her support for Israel landed her in trouble, Roseanne will continue speaking out in favor of the Jewish state. She has recently announced a visit to Israel ahead of the elections.
The actress is scheduled to give an address at the Knesset, where she will speak about the rise of anti-Semitism in the United States, among other things.
She had to sacrifice a lot for her right to speak openly about her views, and we hope it was worth it.