Despite it being the cause of her downfall, Roseanne Barr is unable to stay away from Twitter, and she went on a tweetstorm Wednesday night where she claimed, among other things, that her tweet comparing former Obama advisor Valerie Jarrett, a black woman, to a character from Planet of the Apes was actually about "the anti semitism of the Iran deal" and not an expression of racism.
Barr's claim is a stretch at best, and is probably more accurately characterized as a lie. Barr denies that she's ever "practiced 'RACISM,'" but the overt racism of the original tweet -- "Muslim brotherhood & planet of the apes had a baby=vj" -- is what got Roseanne canceled.
She also gave an update on what she's been up to since her show was canceled -- "planting trees digging in the earth singing and feeling a great deal of relief" -- and thanked some friends who are helping her through her troubled time, including conservative news host Sean Hannity, comedian and Roseanne writer Norm Macdonald and Rosie O'Donnell, whom Barr said shows "support and love and understanding even when we disagree!"
Finally, she said she's "developed a bit of palsy in my head and hands due to the stress I have lived thru" and that she's sleeping a lot without Ambien, the prescription sleep aid she said she was under the influence of when she sent her racist tweet.
Her full tweetstorm is below.
ABC is reportedly considering a Roseanne spin-off focused on Sara Gilbert's character that would not include Barr.