If there is one consistency when it comes to Roseanne Barr’s offensive tweet directed at Obama royalty member Valerie Jarrett, it is that Barr was not aware that the light-skinned Jarrett was African American, thinking she was from the Middle East.
“Her skin tone is like mine. I’m brown,” Barr told Fox News’ Sean Hannity in her first broadcast appearance since ABC fired her and cancelled her show. “I didn’t know she was African-American, I assumed she was from Iran.”
Barr said as much back in May in responding to comments to the original tweet.
“You could’ve knocked me over with a feather when they said she was African-American,” she added later.
In classic Roseanne form, Barr said is a recent Youtube video, “I thought the b–ch was white!”
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The comedian admitted she “made a mistake, telling Hannity it “cost me everything,” but was adamant that her ill-fated tweet was political, not racist. Just as adamantly, Barr insisted she is not racist.
Barr, who is Jewish, suggested that the tweet was more about defending Israel. She referenced the Iran nuclear deal agreed to by the Obama administration.
“That is a tweet about asking for accountability from the previous administration about the Iran deal, which Valerie Jarrett is the author of,” she said. “That was in my head.”
Ironically, Barr said ABC asked her to get rid of her Twitter account. She also said her contract was supposed to protect her from exactly what happened.
“I walked away from that show despite the fact that I had a contract which protected me from if I got in trouble with tweets,” Barr said, adding that she was “allowed under my contract to have 24 hours to correct any mistakes.”
She said she asked ABC to let her go on “The View” to explain herself, but was denied the opportunity.
And while the network may not have succeeded in taking Twitter away from Barr, she said her children did.
Hannity gave Barr a chance to directly apologize to Jarrett — she has apologized online — but Barr was not about to grovel or accept the left’s narrative about what she meant in the tweet.
“Here’s what I have to say, ‘Let’s talk about it,” she said in a direct appeal to Jarrett, after Hannity pressed. “‘Let’s really turn this into a teachable moment.'”
She then pivoted to criticize Jarrett and Obama’s “globalist way of thinking.”
Hannity took another shot at it, asking what she’d say if she could speak directly to Jarrett, but got a similar result.
“I would say this, ‘Valerie, let’s discuss this,'” Barr replied. “‘Don’t assume that you know what I meant, because I think you don’t know what I meant. And I would like to make it clear to you what I did meant — mean. And I would like to find a way past all that to really discuss the issue at hand and to try to find common ground between us.'”
For what it’s worth, when Hannity mentioned the possibility of calling Jarrett, Barr was game for doing so — right there on the air!
Talk about captivating television.
After offering some compromise, Barr criticized Jarrett by saying, “she’s got to get a new haircut’ and would later take heat for it, but in doing so, Barr was clear it was Jarrett’s hair that prompted the comparison in her original tweet, not her skin color.
In the end, Barr did offer an apology to the 27 million people who tuned in for the debut of the reboot of “Roseanne.”
“I want to apologize to all of them,” Barr said, before addressing her fans directly. “‘You’ve heard my explanation in the first part of this show, and I hope you’ll try to understand me and accept my apologies for the part in this big misunderstanding.'”
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