Roseanne Barr tried apologizing after she posted the racist tweet about Valerie Jarrett, a former senior advisor to President Barack Obama. Barr compared Jarrett, who is black, to an ape. After initially pushing back against criticism of the comment, Barr now admits her “joke” was in “bad taste” and says she is leaving Twitter.
“I apologize to Valerie Jarrett and to all Americans. I am truly sorry for making a bad joke about her politics and her looks. I should have known better. Forgive me-my joke was in bad taste.”
Earlier, Barr had rebuffed accusations of racism by insisting that “Islam is not a race.” But her eventual admission that the joke was about Jarrett’s “looks” seemed to confirm that the ape comment was indeed about Jarrett’s appearance.
The offending tweet came late Monday night, amidst a series of tweets referring to George Soros as a Nazi and Chelsea Clinton as a Soros family member (Barr apologized and took it back, then attacked the family of Clinton’s husband, Marc Mezvinsky, instead).
Barr is a vocal Trump supporter, as is her character on on ABC. to congratulate her after the first episode of the reboot scored record ratings.
The comedian Wanda Sykes, a consulting producer on the show, tweeted that she will not be returning in the wake of Barr’s comments.