Thursday evening, Roseanne Barr appeared on Sean Hannity’s Fox News show, and the interview turned out to be nothing short of a disaster.
During the course of the one-hour gabfest, Barr repeatedly tried to make excuses for the incredibly racist things she said that got her fired from her ABC sitcom, said she suffers from mental illness, and insisted that she’s a defender of Israel.
At one point, Barr declared herself a “creative genius,” telling Hannity:
“I’m a creative genius, and this is not a good feeling for an artist to be treated this way, and it’s not a good feeling for a citizen either. And here’s who I am: I’m somebody who cares about civil rights. . . . You call me racist. I don’t accept it. I know who I am and uh, I’m not a racist. And the people who voted for Trump, they’re not racists either and Trump isn’t a racist.”
Close your eyes for a second, and you can almost hear the egomaniacal racist current residing at the White House saying those same exact words, can’t you?
As for that incredibly racist tweet she sent about former Obama adviser Valerie Jarrett in which she compared Jarrett to an “ape,” Roseanne wants the world to know her remarks weren’t the least bit racist. Instead, she maintains, they were political:
“I told ABC this at the beginning. I will always defend Israel because I’m a Jew and I also have family that lives there. So that is a tweet about, I’m asking for accountability from the previous administration about the Iran deal, which Valerie Jarrett is the author of.”
Translation: Barr apologized, but she takes back her apology because she was making a political statement we simply aren’t able to comprehend if we aren’t Jewish.
Asked to directly address Jarrett, Barr turned to the camera and made a bad situation even worse:
“Here’s what I have to say: let’s talk about it. Let’s really turn this into a teachable moment. We need to talk about race and uh, often everything that’s connected to it, including not knowing that someone who looks like me, her skin tone is like mine. And I’m brown.”
Minutes later, Barr added:
“I would say this: Valerie, let’s discuss this. 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. I mean, 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.”
The one moment of accidental honesty in the interview came when Hannity asked what had been going through Barr’s mind when she sent that fateful tweet that wound up getting her fired:
“What did you not understand?”
“Why I don’t understand a lot, to tell you the truth.”
That may well be the understatement of the century.
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