Roseanne Barr is back in the spotlight again for the racist tweet that she posted back at the end of May. The 65-year old comedian was supposed to take part in a television interview to discuss the controversy, which resulted in the cancelation of the successful Roseanne revival series. However, Barr backed out of the interview, stating that she did not trust television, and said that she would post her own video on YouTube to explain her side of the story. Well, she delivered on her promise and it's pretty crazy.
Roseanne Barr posted a short video on her YouTube channel as an attempt to clear the air for her controversial tweet about Barack Obama's former Senior Advisor Valerie Jarrett. In a Twitter rant, Barr said that Jarrett, who is black, looked like an ape from Planet of the Apes. In her new "apology" video, Barr can be seen screaming at the camera, giving a pretty good unintentional Sam Kinison impression. She had this to say, or yell.
"I thought the bitch was white! Goddamnit, I thought the bitch was white. F*ck!"
It isn't clear if Roseanne Barr is engaging in some kind of Andy Kaufman-type of meta comedy in her short video or if she has truly come unhinged. She is smoking a cigarette and can't stop messing with her new blonde hair. Her hair is a mess and she appears to be under the influence. The use of drugs is not confirmed in any way, but it sure looks like she is out of her mind on something, possibly Ambien, which she blames the initial tweet on in the first place.
The video was released late Thursday night and it's still up as of this writing, which could mean that Roseanne Barr is pulling some kind of publicity stunt that is backfiring spectacularly, like Andy Kaufman getting the crap beat out of him by female wrestlers. It's almost as if Barr is doubling down on her tweet and really doesn't care anymore. Before she starts yelling, she can be seen muttering about Iran. She says.
"I'm trying to talk about Iran! I'm trying to talk about Valerie Jarrett about the Iran deal. That's what my tweet was about."
While it's not certain what exactly is going on in Roseanne Barr's mind, her apology hasn't really been turning a negative situation into a positive at all. She previously claimed that her original tweet was a commentary on anti-Semitism, comparing the social media post to Rod Serling's Planet of the Apes. She maintains that her tweet was "insensitive," but not racist, while posting more online. She has yet to comment on her new video that has nearly 300,000 views since its release last night. You can watch the "apology" video below, thanks to Roseanne Barr's YouTube channel, but be warned that the video is extremely NSFW.