Roseanne Barr slammed the ABC network for firing her over allegedly racist tweets, when they allow stars who have had blackface scandals keep their jobs.
Barr is making her comeback from cancellation in her new hourlong comedy special “Roseanne Bar: Cancel This!” on Fox Nation, which premieres on Monday.
The reboot of Barr’s hit 1990’s sitcom “Roseanne” was canceled by ABC in 2018, over a single tweet.
She posted that President Barack Obama’s adviser Valerie Jarrett could be the lovechild of the “Muslim brotherhood & planet of the apes.”
Barr explained that she made the crack under the assumption that Jarrett was white, but criticized the network for what she believes is a double standard, because she was a vocal supporter of former President Donald Trump.
“I’ll tell you what, just put me on the ‘Jimmy Kimmel Show’ and on “The View” and a lot of your other shows you’ve got on the ABC channel, you know, where people they’ve been in blackface and everything, I’ll go on there and surely, they’ll understand my mistake,” she said during the special.
“Because surely, they didn’t get fired for that s**t,” Barr continued. “And they’ll understand when people do something really stupid.”
Kimmel wore blackface in the 1990’s while impersonating former NBA player Karl Malone, but didn’t acknowledge his error until much later.
He apologized for performing the skits in 2020, after social media unearthed the footage and it went viral.
“I never considered that this might be seen as anything other than an imitation of a fellow human being, one that had no more to do with Karl’s skin color than it did his bulging muscles and bald head,” Kimmel said.
He explained that he had done impressions dozens of celebrities throughout his career, and didn’t view them as anything more than impersonating the famous for laughs.
“Looking back, many of these sketches are embarrassing, and it is frustrating that these thoughtless moments have become a weapon used by some to diminish my criticisms of social and other injustices.”
The same year, former Republican congressional candidate Kim Klacik blasted Behar for wearing blackface as a Halloween costume when she was 29-years-old.
Behar insisted it wasn’t “true,” and that the black community “know” that she was paying “homage” with her costume.
The costume in question was shown during a 2016 episode of “The View,” when she explained that she had once dressed as a “beautiful African woman” for Halloween.
Then co-host Raven-Symoné shot back, “Oh, yeah, you mean ‘black,'” and Behar asked her why she was upset with her.
“Because I thought that was… did you have tanning lotion on, Joy?” Symoné questioned.
“I probably had makeup that was a little bit darker than my skin. But that’s my actual hair, though,” said Behar detailed, which earned her an eye roll from Symoné.
After Barr’s own scandal, “Roseanne” was immediately cancelled by the network. Then CEO Bob Iger said that, “There was only one thing to do here, and that was the right thing.”
“They killed my character, and my character. And all of that was to say thank you for bringing 28 million viewers, which they never had before and will never see again,” she told the Los Angeles Times. “They can kiss my ass.”
Barr tweeted out her apology, and offered to make formal amends on her show, but said that ABC determined she was a “liar” and wouldn’t allow it.
“And they denied me the right to apologize. Oh my God, they just hated me so badly. I had never known that they hated me like that,” Barr claimed.
“They hate me because I have talent, because I have an opinion. Even though ‘Roseanne’ became their No. 1 show, they’d rather not have a No. 1 show.”
She said that her cancellation from Hollywood was a “witch-burning,” but she managed to survive it.
“I’m the only person who’s lost everything, whose life’s work was stolen, stolen by people who I thought loved me. And there was silence,” Barr remarked.
“Roseanne” was repackaged as “The Conners” the same year, with original cast members John Goodman, Laurie Metcalf, and Sara Gilbert headlining the show.
Now that Barr has “came out on the other side” of the “terrifying” ordeal, she isn’t pulling any punches against woke culture.
“These people, they have no concept of reality. They’ve been living in a bubble forever. Asking questions have nothing to do with the real world,” she said in her special.
“What is my gender, mom? What is my gender?” She cracked. “Your gender is, get a job. That’s your gender.”
Barr is also unafraid to let the public know about what her definition of a woman is.
“What is a woman? They don’t know that? That one they’re asking all the time. What is a woman? I’ll tell you what a woman is. A woman is me,” she detailed.
“That’s what a woman is, okay? A woman is someone who cleans up everybody else’s s–t. That’s what a woman is,” Barr continued.
“A woman is somebody whose boobs hang down to her knees with a prolapsed uterus from giving birth to five ungrateful little privileged bastards that have never had to work for anything in their whole damn life.”
“My pronouns are: ‘kiss my ass,’” she concluded.