Roseanne Barr has been running through various excuses for the racist comments that not only got her show canceled, even her management company dropped her, and some of her co-stars and producers condemned her, though I did notice that John Goodman has been silent during all his.
First there was the old standby that what she said was just a joke. Then came the attempt to shift blame by saying that other people have said worse things. Why do people consider that a defense? However bad your words or actions, you can ALWAYS find someone who is worse so it is hardly worth saying.
Then she blamed external factors, that she had taken the drug Ambien and that had caused her to become befuddled. This is the “It was the alcohol/drugs talking”, a subset of the “This was not the real me” excuse that is exceedingly common. This prompted a tart response from the maker of the pills
A spokeswoman for Sanofi, the pharmaceutical company that makes Ambien, said in response to Barr’s tweets about taking the sedative: “While all pharmaceutical treatments have side effects, racism is not a known side effect of any Sanofi medication.”
It is not a good sign when even major corporations mock you.
Today, she tweeted a new excuse, that she had thought that her target Valerie Jarrett was white! But that would not explain her earlier similar racist tweets against Susan Rice. Did she think Rice was white too?
I think Trevor Noah was right when he blamed Donald Trump for her tweets. Trump has said the most awful things and got away with it and so others think that they have the same kind of immunity and are finding out that it does not transfer entirely.
Jordan Klepper weighs in.
— The Opposition w/ Jordan Klepper (@TheOpposition) May 29, 2018