“Roseanne” Behind the Scenes: What Happened?
BY: Kristen Doering
WALESKA, Ga. – In 1988 “Roseanne”, a television sitcom about a blue-collar American family starring comedian Roseanne Barr, premiered on ABC. The show was groundbreaking for its realistic portrayal of a working-class family and the issues that they faced.
Barr has a history of controversial tweets ranging from racism to conspiracy theories, the most recent of which she directed at former White House adviser Valerie Jarrett, writing: “Muslim brotherhood & planet of the apes had a baby=vj.”
ABC was developing a reboot of the “Rosanne” series for television, but responded by firing Barr from the project, and released a statement saying that Barr’s tweet was “abhorrent, repugnant and inconsistent with our values.” Barr’s talent agency, ICM, also dropped her as a client.
In the months prior to Roseanne ‘s revival premiere, Barr said that her children took away her social media accounts to stave off any offensive screeds. In 2013, Barr said former National Security Advisor Susan Rice was a “big man with swinging ape balls” in a since-deleted tweet.
Barr has also espoused fringe conspiracy theories and false statements, including one that incorrectly claimed Chelsea Clinton was married to a nephew of the investor George Soros. Barr also called Soros a Nazi and accused him of wanting to “overthrow” the “constitutional republic.” Barr later apologized to the Clintons.
Earlier this year, Barr shared a conspiracy theory about Trump that claimed he had freed hundreds of children who were the victims of sex trafficking by breaking up their rings. The theory originated with an anonymous user on an online forum, according to CNN. Other unfounded theories Barr has commented on including “Pizzagate,” “Spy-gate” and the death of Democratic National Committee staffer Seth Rich.
Barr has also made Islamophobic comments, including attacking former Hillary Clinton adviser Huma Abedin in 2016, calling her a “Jew hater” and “the Nazi whore,” according to The Daily Beast.
Beyond Twitter, and even at the heyday of “Roseanne” in the 90s, Barr has always been controversial. In 1990, she shrieked and yelled through the national anthem during the baseball game and responded to boos from the crowd by spitting on the ground and grabbing her crotch. In 2009, Barr reportedly asked a satirical Jewish publication magazine if she could pose dressed as Adolph Hitler in the spread. The writer Oliver Noble wrote that Barr told him she “may, in fact, be the reincarnation of Adolf Hitler, whom she has requested to be dressed as for her photo shoot.”
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