Roseanne Barr explained what led her to tweet a message many called racist, and led to her leaving the revival of her hit show “Roseanne.”
Barr spoke to Sean Hannity of Fox News on Thursday in an attempt to explain that the tweet was not motivated by any racism on her part.
“Actually I was hacked!” Barr joked. “No, I’m kidding.”
The Blaze reports,
Barr tweeted a joke saying that former Obama official Valerie Jarrett was an “ape,” which immediately led to a public outcry. Barr said that she didn’t know Jarrett was African-American, and believed she was white. ABC subsequently cancelled the show.
“That is a political tweet,” she explained.
“That is a tweet about asking for accountability from the previous administration about the Iran Deal,” she added, “which Valerie Jarrett is the author of. And that’s what was in my head.”
“The first thing was shock that they were saying it was racial, when it’s political,” she said. “And, that was a hard one to take.”
“And then everybody started saying I was a racist,” Barr continued, “which is like the worst thing you could call a Jewish person, especially one who like me, grew up with Holocaust survivors.”
“I was so sad that people thought it was racist,” she added. Barr said it upset her to think how the accusations affected minority members of her family.
“She’s got to get a new haircut, I mean seriously,” Barr joked of Jarrett. “She needs a new haircut.”