In her first televised interview since being fired by ABC, Roseanne Barr sat down with Fox News Channel’s Sean Hannity on Thursday and confirmed that she is racist by once again insulting Valerie Jarrett.
In May, Barr posted on Twitter that Jarrett, a Black woman who served as an adviser to former President Barack Obama, looks like the “Muslim brotherhood & planet of the apes had a baby.”
Barr chose her first TV interview since her dismissal to be conducted by Hannity, who notoriously gave Trump airtime to promote a conspiracy theory that Obama wasn’t born in the United States. She expressed that her tweet was not racist but “political.”
In a futile apology to Jarrett, Barr took the opportunity to poke fun at a Black woman’s hair.
“If she’s watching,” Barr said, turning directly to the camera, “I’m so sorry that you thought I was racist and that you thought my tweet was racist, because it wasn’t, it was political.
“And I’m sorry for the misunderstanding that caused my ill-worded tweet. And I’m sorry that you feel harmed and hurt. And I never meant that, and for that I apologize. I never meant to hurt anybody, or say anything negative about an entire race of people, which I think 30 years of my work can attest to.”
“Plus I’ll tell her, she’s got to get a new haircut,” Barr added. “Seriously. She needs a new haircut.”
Also in the interview, she said she thought Jarrett was Middle Eastern.
“You could have knocked me over with a feather when they said she was African American,” she told the TV host of the moment when executives asked her to explain the Twitter post. “I thought she was Middle Eastern.”
According to Barr’s logic, it’s perfectly fine to compare a person from a country in the Middle East to an ape and perpetuate stereotypes.
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She told Hannity that she wasn’t “stupid” enough to intentionally make fun of Black people at the height of her fame.
But in her current downtrodden times, Barr is willing to blatantly insult Jarrett.
Barr eventually said to Hannity, “I made a mistake,” referring to the tweet she made about Jarrett in May. “And I lost everything.”
However, the “mistake” she may have been referring to was forgetting that her contract with ABC actually addressed her Twitter feed, which was always controversial.
In 2013, Barr said in a tweet that Susan Rice, national security adviser for the Obama administration, was a man with the genitalia of an ape.