Tuesday, 25 September, 2018

Roseanne Barr says she's 'never practiced racism' as she defends controversial tweet

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Julia Gonzales | 14 June, 2018, 20:56

The comedian, whose hit sitcom revival was cancelled after she posted a racist tweet about former Obama administration official Valerie Jarrett last month, took to Twitter Wednesday night to give everyone an update on how she's doing.

Before the message in support of West, Barr once again insisted she was not a racist and claimed her comments had been "misunderstood", also saying she had been watching a documentary about civil rights activist Malcolm X. That is what my tweet referred to-the anti semitism of the Iran deal. "I have faith in the American people to free their minds & unite".

"I'm making restitution for the pain I have caused", she tweeted then. "I've never practiced "RACISM" in my entire life & never will". I will begin to speak for myself in media soon. "My faith is stronger today than ever before".

Barr also thanked fellow comedians, who she says helped her through this hard time, and revealed some physical issues she believes have developed as a result of stress.

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But Barr tweeted Wednesday that she was really tweeting about anti-Semitism.

After sharing her controversial tweet about Jarrett back in May, the actress blamed her behavior on her use of ambien.

Sara Gilbert, who played Barr's daughter on the show, called the tweet, "abhorrent and do not reflect the beliefs of our cast and crew", and stood by ABC's decision to cancel the show.

"Roseanne's Twitter statement is abhorrent, repugnant and inconsistent with our values, and we have chose to cancel her show", ABC Entertainment president Channing Dungey said in a statement at the time. However, the star wrote, she has "developed a bit of palsy" due to stress over the incident.

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