Now that Roseanne Barr is back on Twitter, looking back through some of her old tweets is hilarious, particularly the ones that caused chaos in the leftist press. Among her best was one from 2018 in which she tore into Whoopi Goldberg and Joy Behar of ABC’s “The View” for attacking her but defending director James Gunn, who had posted pedophilic content on Twitter.
As background, Roseanne Barr was brought back by ABC for a TV show, “Roseanne.” It got great ratings, as it was billed as the one conservative-leaning, or at least not overtly leftist, sitcom, but was then was canceled when Roseanne went on a Twitter rant about former Obama advisor Valerie Jarret.
As further background, around the same time as Barr was being canceled, “Guardians of the Galaxy” director James Gunn was exposed by conservative Twitter personalities Jack Posobiec and Mike Cernovich as having posted numerous inappropriate jokes about pedophilia and rape.
That infamous tweet read, “Muslim brotherhood & planet of the apes had a baby=vj [Valerie Jarrett].” Roseanne went on to apologize for the tweet, though she maintained it wasn’t meant in a racial way, but the left freaked out, so her show was canceled and she was a persona non grata in the media for many years.
Then, when Roseanne was under attack after posting the tweet, “The View” jumped into the fray and attacked her too. Joy Behar, who attacked then-President Donald Trump for creating a “racist atmosphere,” said, “It [Roseanne’s tweet] went over the line, so I can’t defend it, she deserves to be fired.”
Whoopi Goldberg, jumping in to agree with Joy, said, “So this is what I’m going to say, Roseanne: Just because you were caught with your pants down, don’t try to drag other people down with you. Don’t do that. There are times when you got to suck it up because you step in doo.”
Around the same time, “The View” also defending James Gunn despite his horrific tweets, with one host saying, “Should he be fired? I’m on the fence on this because we’re talking 2008 so we’re talking about ten years ago. I don’t know what he means by he wanted to be provocative, but he’d since apologized and said I’m a different person now. So, do you lose your current position because of something you did ten years ago?”
Well, Roseanne noticed that and sounded off on Twitter about it, posting, “I’m disgusted to read all of the support for James Gunn’s pedophile jokes-as the same people supported blacklisting me for a joke they didn’t even understand.”
I’m disgusted to read all of the support for James Gunn’s pedophile jokes-as the same people supported blacklisting me for a joke they didn’t even understand.
— Roseanne Barr (@therealroseanne) July 24, 2018
Gunn, apologizing for his deleted tweets, said, “My words of nearly a decade ago were, at the time, totally failed and unfortunate efforts to be provocative. I have regretted them for many years since — not just because they were stupid, not at all funny, wildly insensitive, and certainly not provocative like I had hoped, but also because they don’t reflect the person I am today or have been for some time.”
Continuing, he added, “Regardless of how much time has passed, I understand and accept the business decisions taken today. Even these many years later, I take full responsibility for the way I conducted myself then. All I can do now, beyond offering my sincere and heartfelt regret, is to be the best human being I can be: accepting, understanding, committed to equality, and far more thoughtful about my public statements and my obligations to our public discourse. To everyone inside my industry and beyond, I again offer my deepest apologies. Love to all.”
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