Racism Not Among Known Side-Effects

This is hysterical.

Rosanne Barr has attempted to excuse her racist tweeting by claiming that she was on Ambien (an anti-insomnia medication) when she put out her last 10 years of tweets, or, well, at least that last one:

guys I did something unforgiveable so do not defend me. It was 2 in the morning and I was ambien tweeting-it was memorial day too-i went 2 far & do not want it defended

While it’s true that being awake while dead tired can make you think that you’re funnier and smarter than you really are, it doesn’t make you think different things. You’re just more likely to expect everyone to laugh at your comic genius. But, of course, being a wealthy celebrity has the same effect, and if you tweet out Rosanne-level shit over ten or more years and still get offered a new sitcom, that’s going to have an inhibition-lessening effect as well. All of which had the makers of Ambien feeling they had no reason to be generous to Barr. So they put out a tweet of their own:

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.

They were, of course, a little slower on the draw than individuals who didn’t have to get a tweet approved by some corporate supervisor, but I gotta say that I like the idea of a company willing to trash casual racism instead of taking some bullshit “above the fray”, supposedly morally neutral position.





  1. blf says

    And the wingnuts are frothing, How the right is defending Roseanne Barr’s racist tweets:

    Shortly after ABC cancelled the show, rightwing commentators were engaged in false equivalences and ‘mental gymnastics’

    At least you can say the Roseanne reboot lasted longer than most members of the Trump administration. […]


    Singer Ted Nugent, said: So Roseanne referencing a movie title is racist. Lying dishonest soulless freaks from Planet of the Apes.


    Nugent’s denial of the racist connotations of comparing an African American woman to an ape was common among avowed Trump supporters. Bill Mitchell, one of Trump’s most prolific supporters on social media, tweeted that, in the Planet of the Apes, the apes were superior and so comparing Jarrett to an ape was not racist. […] Mark Dice, a rightwing conspiracy theorist with 317,000 Twitter followers snarked: Time to ban monkey bars from all school playgrounds, because they’re ‘racist’ too […]


    In the past 24 hours Barr had also tweeted the false rumour that Chelsea Clinton is married to a relative of George Soros. Soros has become a favourite villain of the alt-right, and one that often inspires antisemitic dogwhistle tactics. This is what happens when you speak out against the mainstream media and George Soros. They attack you from every corner trying to destroy your life, tweeted Peter Imanuelsen, a Swedish commentator who has previously said the LGBT people should be killed and denied that that holocaust happened. Similarly, Lauren Rose, a self-proclaimed white nationalist with a large following, insinuated that Roseanne was only called a racist after her tweet about George Soros because of an obvious smear job for challenging the authority of the media.


    I know, I know, please, please, none of her decade’s-worth of twitterings were racist because, um, ah, err… yeah, they didn’t say they were racist. So they weren’t. QED

  2. sonofrojblake says

    Big pharma trying for Good Guy status and… succeeding? I officially have no idea any more.

  3. Jenora Feuer says

    Well, trying for higher moral ground than Rosanne Barr didn’t require a lot of reaching, admittedly.

  4. says

    I remember the nineties. Hating Roseanne was as popular with conservative misogynists as hating on “political correctness.” Now those same people have to defend her?

    Reminds me of how gamergaters defended Jack Thompson because he said some antifeminist stuff. He used to be the antichrist of gaming culture for wanting games censored and banned, but people would cut off their own heads to “own the libs.”

    Selling hate is clearly the easiest way to get people to sell out their own principles. Gotta watch out for what I’d be willing to do, as angry as I am at these fuckheads.

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