After facing the consequences of her racist Twitter rant, Roseanne Barr ever-so-briefly found a defense for her actions: Ambien. From CNN:
She tweeted, “guys I did something unforgiveable so do not defend me. It was 2 in the morning and I was ambien tweeting — it was memorial day too — i went 2 far & do not want it defended — it was egregious Indefensible. I made a mistake I wish I hadn’t but…don’t defend it please.”
She cited Ambien again in a later tweet, saying, “Not giving excuses for what I did(tweeted) but I’ve done weird stuff while on ambien — cracked eggs on the wall at 2am etc.”
Oddly, she later deleted all of her references to the medication. Nevertheless, Ambien became the #1 trending topic on Twitter on Wednesday morning. Barr’s explanation was deemed laughable.
She deleted the Ambien references after being widely mocked online. Sanofi US, the pharmaceutical company which manufactures the sleeping medication, hit back HARD.
People of all races, religions and nationalities work at Sanofi every day to improve the lives of people around the world. While all pharmaceutical treatments have side effects, racism is not a known side effect of any Sanofi medication.
— Sanofi US (@SanofiUS) May 30, 2018
Others joined the fray:
WE! JUST! TOOK! AMBIEN! pic.twitter.com/esu3IMj8gu
— Jason O. Gilbert (@gilbertjasono) May 30, 2018
If your racism lasts longer than 4 hours…call your doctor? https://t.co/TTW8ilGjXv
— John Berman (@JohnBerman) May 30, 2018
I was on Ambien when I created mankind.
— God (@TheTweetOfGod) May 30, 2018
Meanwhile, Roseanne is going back on her promise to leave Twitter, ping-ponging between being really, really, really sorry and claiming she didn’t even know Valerie Jarrett is black.
@ValerieJarrett i don't know if u saw it, but I wanted2 apologize to u 4 hurting and upsetting u with an insensitive & tasteless tweet. I am truly sorry-my whole life has been about fighting racism. I made a terrible mistake wh caused hundreds of ppl 2 lose their jobs. so sorry!
— Roseanne Barr (@therealroseanne) May 30, 2018
Did Jarrett die?
Did every black American die?
My guess is Roseanne didn't know Jarrett is black. I didn't. https://t.co/NvnF7In5IP
— Thomas Wictor (@ThomasWictor) May 30, 2018
She’s also been retweeting a number of her supporters who are busy attacking Channing Dungey, the head of ABC Entertainment and other wild conspiracies that are not even worth mentioning here.
She tolerates misbehavior, vulgarity, profanity, threats of murder to our POTUS, and Weinstein behavior, amongst her employees, but if you are a conservative and misbehave,
well dammit youÃ¢ÂÂre fired! #RosanneBarr #1A pic.twitter.com/xdL4ytoKS9
Ã¢ÂÂ Carrie Ã¢ÂÂ¤Ã¯Â¸Â America Ã°ÂÂ¤Â is Tommy Robinson Ã°ÂÂÂ (@carrieksada_) May 29, 2018