Roseanne Barr Responds Defiantly
Barr did return to social media, tweeting up a storm. Initially, she seemed apologetic, and made a point of saying she felt bad for all those who had lost their jobs. Only then she began retweeting her fans, who were defending her with the hashtag #StandbyRoseanne. Shortly after that, in another abrupt turn, she asked her supporters not to defend her. However, since then, the actress has continued to retweet and engage with supporters, especially those who claim her treatment was unfair in comparison to liberal's behavior.
Barr also responded to Gilbert and Fishman's tweets, seemingly trying to provoke further reaction, though she was unsuccessful. In response to Fishman, who played D.J. on the show both as a child and an adult, she replied: "I created the platform for that inclusivity and you know it.ME. You throw me under the bus. Nice!” While to Gilbert she seemed slightly less hostile, simply replying with "Wow! Unreal." Later on, Barr seemed to (sort of) excuse Gilbert's stance on the matter: “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.”
The Blame Shifts to Ambien
While everyone was shocked by Barr's initial tweet and then the very quick backlash and repercussions, the most shocking (and frankly, hilarious) moment came when Barr took to Twitter again to try and defend her actions in yet another tweet that is now deleted: "guys I did something unforgivable 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 -- it was egregious Indefensible. I made a mistake I wish I hadn't but...don't defend it please." As if to reiterate that the sleeping drug was to blame, she also added that she's done "weird stuff" when on Ambien including, apparently, cracking eggs on the wall at 2am.
The Makers of Ambien Respond
Sonofi, the makers of Ambien, were quick to respond to Barr's tweets with a statement that reflected the ludicrous nature of her claims when they pointed out "While all pharmaceutical treatments have side effects, racism is not a known side effect of any Sanofi medication." Dictionary.com went one further on Twitter, giving the the meaning of the word "ambient," which is where the brand name Ambien comes from.
The name Ambien is thought to come from the word "ambient" or similar words in French. Ambient does not mean "prone to making racist comments," but it does mean "of the surrounding area or environment." https://t.co/UpYY5eKzIo https://t.co/XsPn8FthV5— Dictionary.com (@Dictionarycom) May 30, 2018
Replacements Line Up
The cancellation of Roseanne leaves a hole in ABC's scheduling, of course, but they needn't worry; many Twitter users are suggesting alternatives, including the return of Agent Carter. Zach Braff not so subtly pointed out that his own ABC show, Alex, Inc. had been cancelled even though he's not a racist, while Brian Fuller was quick to offer the return of Pushing Daisies, which would certainly be popular with its fanbase. However, there's still a possibility that the spirit of Roseanne could live on in one way or another, whether that's with a spinoff following one or other of the central characters, or by killing the character of Roseanne off and continuing the show without her. Right now, though, ABC has remained silent any possible replacement.
When your show got canceled, but you’re not racist. pic.twitter.com/Do2n37Akij— Zach Braff (@zachbraff) May 29, 2018
President Trump Wades In
Never one to let a tweeting opportunity pass him by, Donald Trump came to the aid of his long-term supporter, Barr, by attacking Disney Chairman Bob Iger on May 30th and May 31st.
Bob Iger of ABC called Valerie Jarrett to let her know that “ABC does not tolerate comments like those” made by Roseanne Barr. Gee, he never called President Donald J. Trump to apologize for the HORRIBLE statements made and said about me on ABC. Maybe I just didn’t get the call?— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) May 30, 2018
Iger, where is my call of apology? You and ABC have offended millions of people, and they demand a response. How is Brian Ross doing? He tanked the market with an ABC lie, yet no apology. Double Standard!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) May 31, 2018
Meanwhile, a former Trump aide, Michael Caputo, has announced his plans to try and save Roseanne by taking it to his online streaming startup, Bond. But with cast and crew distancing themselves from Barr's comments, regardless of their political leanings, would anyone from the show be willing to work with her again?