Despite Roseanne Barr’s earlier promise to get off Twitter, she continued tweeting Wednesday morning, criticizing her former co-stars Michael Fishman and Sara Gilbert - who played D.J. and Darlene Conner, respectively in Roseanne - for throwing her “under the bus” in their reactions to her now infamous tweet about Valerie Jarrett.
In the wake of Barr’s racist tweet about Jarrett, which led ABC to cancel Roseanne, Fishman took to his own Twitter to condemn and distance Barr’s comments from the rest of the cast and crew, expressing how “reprehensible and intolerable” they were and antithetical to the “inclusive” nature of the show. Gilbert, who is also a producer, echoed Fishman’s statement noting, “Roseanne’s recent comments about Valerie Jarrett, and so much more, are abhorrent and do not reflect the beliefs of our cast and crew or anyone associated with our show.”
In response to these tweets, as reported by THR, Barr responded in a particularly defensive and antagonistic manner. She tweeted in response to Fishman, “I created the platform for that inclusivity and you know it.ME. You throw me under the bus. Nice!” Then responded with the succinct, “Wow! Unreal” to Gilbert. She followed up her thoughts on Gilbert later by writing, “I understand her position and why she said what she said. I forgive her. It just shocked me a bit, but I indeed fucked up … She’s distancing herself from me and my tweet-she has to.”
These tweets seemingly contradict Barr’s previous attempts at an apology in which she wrote, in a since deleted tweet, “I just want to apologize to the hundreds of people, and wonderful writers (all liberal) and talented actors who lost their jobs on my show due to my stupid tweet.”
Barr has oscillated between blanket apologies and defensiveness in the past day, almost immediately retweeting supporters who were outraged at the cancellation while, also, begging for her fans to stop defending her for the “egregious” mistake she made. In a particularly strange move, she also pointed out, “It was 2 in the morning and I was ambien tweeting - it was memorial day too,” as an explanation for her initial tweet about Jarrett, as if this was the only time that Barr has posted a racist or conspiracy laden tweet. The maker of Ambien has responded to Barr's tweet, pointing out that racism is not a side effect.
Backlash against Barr has been swift, with not only the cancellation of her highly rated show, but also the removal of reruns in syndication. Barr was also quick to plug her next appearance on The Joe Rogan Experience podcast on Friday, which may offer a more coherent explanation of Barr’s positions. While the cancellation of Roseanne leaves a big hole in programming for ABC, a few other creators have some ideas about how to fill that gap.