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‘Roseanne’ Writer Wanda Sykes Quits Show Over Roseanne Barr’s Racist Ape Tweet


‘Roseanne’ Writer Wanda Sykes Quits Show Over Roseanne Barr’s Racist Ape Tweet

Comedian Wanda Sykes, a writer for ABC’s “Roseanne,” said on Tuesday that she won’t be back for a second season after the show’s star, Roseanne Barr, attacked Obama White House adviser Valerie Jarrett with a racist tweet calling the African American a cross between “Planet of the Apes” and the “Muslim Brotherhood.”

“Muslim brotherhood & planet of the apes had a baby=vj,” Barr wrote, using Jarrett’s initials and responding to a tweet accusing the former Obama adviser of helping “hide” misdeeds for the Obama administration.

Sykes, who serves as a consulting producer on the ABC comedy’s reboot, wrote on Twitter on Tuesday:

Barr, an outspoken supporter of President Trump, issued an apology for the since-deleted tweet and said she was leaving Twitter.

Barr also sent out a number of other tweets Tuesday morning, attacking billionaire George Soros and Chelsea Clinton, whom the comedian linked to a right-wing conspiracy accusing Soros of trying to orchestrate “the overthrow of us constitutional republic.”

“Soros’ goal; the overthrow of us constitutional republic by buying/backing candidates 4 local district attorney races who will ignore US law & favor ‘feelings’ instead-and call everyone who is alarmed by that ‘racist,’” Barr tweeted.

In March, Barr was under fire for appearing to promote a far-right conspiracy theory about Parkland school shooting survivor and activist David Hogg.

In a since-deleted tweet, Barr wrote the words “NAZI SALUTE” in response to a conspiracy theorist’s post that tagged Hogg’s Twitter account.

As Mic notes, the controversial tweet appeared to reference the idea that Hogg used a Nazi salute during his March for Our Lives address to the crowd.

The conspiracy theory in question, which has been making the rounds in far-right circles on sites like InfoWars, alleges Hogg threw up his arm in a Nazi salute at a March for Our Lives rally on March 24. He was actually raising his fist over his head “as a classic symbol of defiance, solidarity and strength,” per the fact-checking site Snopes.

An image posted on InfoWars falsely claimed that Hogg saluted Hitler at a March for Our Lives rally (Snopes)

This is not the first time Barr has waded into contentious political issues. Barr has posted — and subsequently deleted — many pro-Trump tweets, some of which echoed heavily debunked far-right conspiracy theories, according to the Washington Post.

Though this most recent tweet was scrubbed from her account, the screenshot will live on — and it’s inspiring some Twitter users to post with the hashtag #BoycottRoseanne.

Mic did not see Barr’s original tweet, but other users’ responses to it are still up:

Barr later tweeted that the photo had been doctored and Hogg was not giving a Nazi salute.

The ratings success of Barr’s return to her self-titled TV sitcom prompted President Donald Trump to give her a congratulatory phone call.

“Even look at Roseanne, I called her yesterday. Look at her ratings! Look at her ratings! I got a call from Mark Burnett, he did The Apprentice. He’s a great guy. He said, ‘Donald, I called just to say hello and to tell you did you see Roseanne’s ratings?'” Trump said at the time.

“They were unbelievable,” Trump continued, “Over 18 million people. And it was about us.”

As DailyKos noted, there are still dozens of families who are still waiting to hear from Trump after their loved ones were killed in action. From the Associated Press in October 2017:

The Associated Press tried to reach the families of all 43 people who have died in military service since Trump became president and made contact with about 20 families. More than half said they had not heard from Trump.


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