“It was 2 in the morning and I was ambien tweeting, I made a mistake I wish I hadn’t but…don’t defend it please.”
Following a racist Twitter rant that cost Roseanne Barr her show on ABC, the television star apologized and bid farewell to the social media platform. Then, she returned and blamed the sleep aid Ambien in a tweet that was later deleted.
On Tuesday morning, Barr tweeted: “I apologize. I am now leaving Twitter.”
For a while, all was quiet.
But Barr did not leave Twitter.
Instead, she launched a tweetstorm late Tuesday evening, first with apologetic tweets, some of which were also deleted.
“I just want to apologize to the hundreds of people, and wonderful writers (all liberal) and talented actors who lost their jobs on my show due to my stupid tweet,” she wrote.
In one of her few remaining tweets, Barr asked her followers not to defend her, saying, “it’s sweet of you 2 try, but…losing my show is 0 compared 2 being labelled a racist over one tweet-that I regret even more.”
And then she opened fire with a volley of defensive retweets that appeared designed to make her look like a victim of “double standards,” as one user said, punished because she supports President Trump and conservative views, “the sacrificial conservative celebrity.”
Her retweets, among other things, called out Disney, the parent company of ABC, for tolerating an anti-Trump screed by Keith Olbermann, who recently returned to ESPN, also owned by Disney. Some retweeted posts also criticized ABC’s lack of response to comedian Jimmy Kimmel’s mocking of Melania Trump’s accent as well as “The View’s” Joy Behar calling Vice President Pence mentally ill because of his faith. Kimmel and Behar later apologized.
Even Harvey Weinstein was treated better by Disney than Barr, suggested one of her retweets.
Many of the retweeted posts were also later removed from Barr’s Twitter feed.
Here’s a sampler:
And finally, early Wednesday morning, Barr tweeted:
“I’m sorry 4 my tweet, AND I will also defend myself as well as talk to my followers. so, go away if u don’t like it. I will handle my sadness the way I want to. I’m tired of being attacked & belittled more than other comedians who have said worse.”
She later deleted that tweet, as well.
Meanwhile, the “Ambien tweet” had caused its own ruckus, despite its deletion.
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