It's no secret that Roseanne Barr is one of Hollywood's most politically outspoken actresses; she even attempted to secure the Green Party's nomination for presidency in 2016. But her step back into the spotlight with the Roseanne revival in March has also drawn attention to her political beliefs, increasingly causing controversy on the Twittersphere. In famously liberal Hollywood, Roseanne's views are...unorthodox, to say the least, but they're now causing enough hubbub to make even Roseanne herself think twice about what she's posting.
According to The Wrap, Barr threatened to retire from Twitter, and proceeded to erase many of her former tweets, after engaging in a heated online debate with "liberals."
"I won't be censored or silence chided or corrected and continue to work. I retire right now. I've had enough. bye!" she wrote on Friday, before launching into a tirade of tweets about why she's been such a vocal supporter of Donald Trump's administration, like: "Trump is fighting pedophiles and he likes Jews-that infuriates some people."
Her comment about Trump's alleged efforts to combat pedophilia may be related to another retweet that survived her self-propelled purge, centering on the post-Pizzagate conspiracy theory that's been hounding others — most recently, John Legend and Chrissy Teigen — in recent weeks and months. But Barr's tweets may have come in response to a #BoycottRoseanne hashtag that's been making the rounds on the social media site — one instance of which she even retweeted admist her outrage over the weekend.
Barr later clarified in a since-deleted tweet that she has no intention of stepping away from her regular place in the spotlight, writing (via MSN), "I'm going to step back from Twitter for a while-if you want me ... I resign from twitter for a while, for those who misunderstood me, I am NOT resigning from TV, just social media 4 a bit."
It's not clear if and how her political views might affect the forthcoming 10th season of her hit sitcom series (although she has promised in the past it will not be centered on Trump). In its original run, Roseanne was relatively apolitical but did often lean left on certain hot button issues, like fair wages and gender-centric harassment in the workplace, as well as gay marriage. However, many have still dinged the series for featuring so few persons of color throughout its run, which is a commonly-maligned attribute of its contemporaries as well.
For what it's worth, following her tweet-and-delete-storm, Barr did offer a message of unity as it relates to the series.
I am extremely proud and excited for the world to see ROSEANNE on ABC! I'm fully committed to its artistic success & I loved working with all of the amazing people that made Season 10 ONE OF THE BEST EVER!! I honestly hope 2018 is a year where people come together. Thank you!— Roseanne Barr (@therealroseanne) December 31, 2017
Roseanne will return in 2018 for a limited 10th season.