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.”
I look like a monkey. Why? My DNA is 96% similar to a monkey's. It makes scientific sense. But due to emotions, double standards & feelings science is cancelled this year. There are 5,000 genders & if you don't agree with me you're a racist xenophobe.— An0maly (@LegendaryEnergy) May 30, 2018
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:
Hollywood punished Roseanne for a tweet faster than they punished Woody Allen, Harvey Weinstein and Kevin Spacey for being sexual predators.— The Columbia Bugle 🇺🇸 (@ColumbiaBugle) May 29, 2018
This Rosanne thing was always a proxy for Pres Trump. They brought the show back so they could inevitably cancel the show when she said something they didn’t like. They can’t beat Trump so this is a symbolic show of force. Rosanne was always going to end this way.— A FREE BLACK MAN (@AFreeBlackMan) May 29, 2018
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.
I hope ambien has to issue a statement saying they don’t make people racist— Dana Schwartz (@DanaSchwartzzz) May 30, 2018
AMBIEN SIDE EFFECTS: Peddling bizarre conspiracy theories, voting for white nationalists, doing photo shoots while dressed as Hitler and tanking your career by calling black women apes. If your racism lasts longer than four hours, please see a doctor. pic.twitter.com/Q3GdHA8myV— Ragnarok Lobster (@eclecticbrotha) May 30, 2018
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