Talk radio host Larry Elder responded to the controversy over actress Roseanne Barr tweeting that Obama royalty member Valerie Jarrett was the offspring of the Muslim brotherhood and the Planet of the Apes by comparing the remark to comments made about President Donald Trump.
Elder highlighted a tweet from vile comedian Bill Maher, where he suggested Trump was “the spawn of his mother having sex with an orangutan,” saying Barr had made the “same joke” — the African American political commentator included a photo of Jarrett juxtaposed with a character from the Planet of the Apes film.
@therealroseanne makes the same joke about Obama aide Valerie Jarrett–and Barr’s show gets cancelled,” he tweeted
— Larry Elder (@larryelder) May 30, 2018
Barr later apologized for the joke that “was in bad taste,” and included an apology to Jarrett, but ABC canceled the reboot of her hit sitcom “Roseanne.”
The actress has since said that she was tweeting in the wee hours of the morning after taking Ambien for insomnia, although she took responsibility for the bad joke.
“I’m not a racist, just an idiot who made a bad joke,” she tweeted.
She also said that she was unaware that Jarrett, who was born in Iran, was African American.
“I honestly thought she was Jewish and Persian — ignorant of me for sure, but…i did,” she told a social media user.
To another user, Barr said that she “mistakenly thought [Jarrett] was white.”
Jarrett responded to the controversy Tuesday during a town hall on racism — on MSNBC, of course — saying, “We have to turn it into a teaching moment. I’m fine.”
She was above dragging President Trump into the mix — Barr has been supportive of the president, as was her character in the sitcom.
“Tone does start at the top and we like to look up to our President and feel as though he reflects the values of our country,” Jarrett said.
Social media users expressed appreciation for Elder posting the tweet:
You’re on a roll today Larry. Keep it up.
— Ty Shute’ (@TyShute331) May 30, 2018
Mr. Elder words of wisdom that cannot be denied. You’re a well spoken educated American that I respect and always have accurate comments and opinions that others should certainly listen to with intent to comprehend your intellectual meanings. God bless you sir.
— Yahweh (@Yahweh06520129) May 30, 2018
Fantastic ! Keep bringing the heat Larry. “The Great Eldersky” ?
— Bama (@BryantBamaFan) May 30, 2018
Elder wasn’t the only black voice to boldly speak out. Here’s a passionate video from comedian Terrence Williams:
— Terrence K. Williams (@w_terrence) May 29, 2018
Here’s a sampling of other responses to Elder that note the double standard at play, AND how it centers more on Trump than some may realize:
Either all inter species reproduction jokes involving apes are ok or none of them are ok. https://t.co/fl0SL2BoVw
— Atlas (@AtlasAwakes) May 30, 2018
— Linda French (@FrenchLinda) May 30, 2018
Its not about @therealroseanne joke. @ABCNetwork cancelled her show because she's a Trump supporter attracting millions of viewers. The #DeepState tyrants who control the media and the flow of information just cant tolerate that. https://t.co/7xW8wwJas2
— Joe Fairbanks (@Fairbanks357) May 30, 2018
And now Jarrett says Trump shares the blame for Roseanne's tweet! Libs can connect the dots to whatever suits them. https://t.co/WrcJqPJQYz
— america1st76er (@america1st76er) May 30, 2018
Here is the issue. It is one-sided. No justification for Roseanne, but the double standard is impressive. https://t.co/jjcwBemKAq
— Grateful Gary (@grateful_gary) May 30, 2018
It' only a joke if it's at the expense of the conservatives… jabs at the left are not allowed – you bullies. Hypocrites!!! https://t.co/ZxvYWxkhtS
— Hamsa (@oregondaydream) May 30, 2018
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