It’s been a few months since ABC pulled the plug on Roseanne Barr’s late-career comeback and the sitcom that bears her name. Since then, Roseanne has done some thinking about the debacle that ended her career and made her a pariah in Hollywood…and she’s come to some conclusions that will undoubtedly enrage her high-and-mighty detractors.
The actress drew scorn from all corners when she made a joking tweet about Obama Administration adviser Valerie Jarrett being the product of the Muslim Brotherhood and Planet of the Apes – a comparison that was not, in all earnestness, completely off the mark. But because Jarrett is a black woman and there was a mention of apes…well, look no further than last week’s Ron DeSantis controversy to see how that kind of thing goes over.
But in an interview with her friend Rabbi Shmuley Boteach, Roseanne said that she had probably mishandled the immediate aftermath of the controversy by apologizing.
“That’s what everybody said,” Barr said. “They said, ‘You made a fatal mistake … apologizing to the Left.’ Once you apologize to them they never forgive, they just try to beat you down until you don’t exist. That’s how they do things. They don’t accept apologies.”
In the immediate aftermath of the controversy, Roseanne released an apology that did nothing to help her keep her hit show.
“I apologize to Valerie Jarrett and to all Americans,” she wrote. “I am truly sorry for making a bad joke about her politics and her looks. I should have known better. Forgive me-my joke was in bad taste.”
Most would agree that the post was in “bad taste,” but then again, is bad taste a crime? Aren’t the vast majority of comedians guilty of telling jokes in bad taste? What was Michelle Wolf’s monologue at the White House Correspondents’ Dinner? An exercise in class and restraint?
Roseanne said that the people tearing her down as a racist didn’t know the first thing about her.
“They would put me in the same box where they have people who call for the death of all Jews and want to enslave all black people,” she said. “Real racists that actually exist. They put me in a box with them. And how do they think that’s going to affect me? They don’t think. They’re under mind control.”
Let’s face it: Whatever you might think about Roseanne’s Valerie Jarrett tweet, the fact of the matter is that the left had it out for her from the moment her sitcom re-debuted on ABC. They couldn’t stand the fact that an actual Trump supporter was going to go on television and portray…an actual Trump supporter. It was ghastly to them. Grotesque. How dare she? So if it hadn’t been the Jarrett tweet, it would have been something else.
And Roseanne is absolutely right – no apology (short of disavowing Trump and her entire political belief system) would have sufficed. The left saw their chance to claim another scalp, and once they dig their fingernails in, there’s no turning back.