In videos posted to her personal YouTube page Friday, defamed Hollywood actress Roseanne Barr revealed her side of the story regarding the Valerie Jarrett tweet scandal that caused her career to careen to an abrupt halt back in May.
At the time Barr posted a joking tweet that described Obama-era adviser Valerie Jarrett as the offspring of the Muslim Brotherhood and the “Planet of the Apes.” This tweet led to the cancellation of her top-rated sitcom revival, “Roseanne,” and her permanent ostracization from Hollywood.
“Hi, this is Roseanne Barr and I’d like to welcome you to my own studio, where I’m able to speak for myself to my fellow and sister Americans without the filter of the biased media,” Barr’s message to the American people began.
“This was my statement from the very beginning, and it will continue to be forever because it is the truth. When ABC called and asked me to explain my ‘egregious and unforgivable tweet,’ I told them I thought Valerie Jarrett was white.”
She added that she had offered to appear on talk shows like “The View” and “Jimmy Kimmel Live!” to explain herself to the American people, but ABC had refused.
“Now, instead what happened was, about 40 minutes after that, my show was canceled before even one advertiser pulled out and I was labeled a racist. Why, you ask? Well, the answer is simple. It’s because I voted for Donald Trump and that is not allowed in Hollywood,” she concluded.
Hollywood does indeed host an overwhelmingly anti-Trump bias so severe that the few conservative actors and actresses in the industry tend to hide their political leanings.
In another video posted to her YouTube — this one an impromptu, unedited recording uploaded a few hours prior to her official statement — Barr emphatically added, “I thought the b–ch was white!”
The video began with her cameraman pestering her about some other topic related to former President Bill Clinton. Toward the end of the video, Barr tried to redirect the cameraman’s attention to Jarrett. That’s when she blurted out the comment about Jarrett.
Barr had tried explaining herself after the scandal initially broke in May, but few had listened to her at the time.
“It’s really hard to say this but, I didn’t mean what they think I meant,” she said at the time. “And that’s what’s so painful. But I have to face that it hurt people. When you hurt people even unwillingly there’s no excuse.”
She added that she has black children in her own family and would never “wittingly” describe any black person as a monkey.
“I just wouldn’t do that. I didn’t do that. And people think that I did that and it just kills me,” she said through tears.
Her point had been that her joking tweet had not been motivated by some innate dislike of black people. She’d targeted Jarrett as an individual human being — one whom she didn’t even realize was black, in part because of Jarrett’s admittedly light complexion.
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