Roseanne Barr claims her tweet about Valerie Jarrett was actually about anti-Semitism, not race
Roseanne Barr now insists her offensive tweet about Valerie Jarrett had nothing to do with race, and was instead her way of speaking out against anti-Semitism.
The actress posted a puzzling new explanation Wednesday for her tweet calling Jarrett, who is black, the baby of “muslim brotherhood & planet of the apes,” which led to the cancellation of her sitcom “Roseanne” more than two weeks ago.
“Rod Serling wrote Planet of The Apes. It was about anti-semitism,” Barr wrote on Twitter. “That is what my tweet referred to – the anti semitism of the Iran deal. Low IQ ppl can think whatever they want.”
Serling, who was Jewish, did indeed co-write the 1968 film “The Planet of the Apes” starring Charles Heston, but the script was based on the novel “La Planète des singes,” which was published by French author Pierre Boulles in 1963.
The film featured undertones that examine civil rights and race relations, but it does not explicitly address anti-Semitism.
Barr also retweeted a 2014 link from the website Haaretz that speculated whether the films symbolize Jewish people. The article contended that the chimpanzees in one of the newer movies were intellectuals who get “discriminated against and denied power and influence through the use of quotas – a position analogous to Jews in America, not long before the first Apes film was made.”
The most recent film in the franchise, “Wars for the Planet of the Apes,” which came out in 2017, featured the apes being imprisoned in camps.
The 65-year-old Barr posted the shocking tweet about Jarrett, a former Barack Obama adviser, in late May, and ABC pulled her show off the air hours later. Many condemned Barr for being racist, but the actress – who previously called the tweet about Jarrett a “joke” – refuted that as well Wednesday.
“I want u all2 know I’m fine. I’ve been using this time2 reflect &2 gain insight on what I said & how it was misunderstood.. Needless2 say I’m NOT what people have accused me of! I’ve never practiced “RACISM” in my entire life & never will,” she tweeted.
She also wrote that Thomas Muhammad, who directed the documentary “Malcolm X: An Overwhelming Influence on the Black Power Movement,” agreed to speak on her behalf.
“He knows the work I have done in civil rights against racism ALL MY LIFE & understands my tweet was about Iran’s regime, not race,” Barr tweeted, noting she has been watching Muhammad’s documentary.
In addition to her post about Jarrett last month, Barr also shared a tweet calling investor George Soros “a nazi” shortly before her show was canceled.