Roseanne Barr's Ambien Excuse Awakens Another Round of Backlash From Hollywood and Beyond
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"While all pharmaceutical treatments have side effects, racism is not a known side effect of any Sanofi medication," tweets the maker of Ambien.

Twitter is not sleeping on Roseanne Barr's bizarre excuse for a racist comment that resulted in the cancellation of her eponymous reboot "Roseanne." Turns out, side effects of blaming a drug for racism include over 238,000 tweets making fun of you.

In a since-deleted tweet after the termination of her titular show by ABC, the (former) sitcom star claimed she was "Ambien tweeting" when she wrote a racist comment comparing an African-American former White House adviser to an ape.

Twitter immediately erupted in outrage, shock and bewilderment that she would try to deflect obvious racism on the sleep drug. Even fellow Hollywood stars were quick to hop on the bandwagon, with Don Cheadle, Anna Kendrick, Pauley Perrette and Kumail Nanjiani weighing in.

Barr's original tweet read, "It was two in the morning and I was Ambien tweeting -- it was Memorial Day too -- I went too far and do not want it defended; it was egregious, indefensible. I made a mistake I wish I hadn't but... don't defend it please."

She later deleted that post and replaced it with another, in response to someone criticizing her Ambien excuse, claiming she was not blaming the drug, per se, for her original tweet.

Among those clapping back at the former sitcom star was Sanofi, the manufacturer of insomnia drug Ambien. In a perfectly dry and official statement, the pharmaceutical company made it very clear that racism is not a side effect of any of their drugs.

Even Wikipedia got in on the fun, though probably not at the behest of the company itself. The crowd-sourced Internet encyclopedia lets regular users update its entries, and someone did just that after Roseanne's Ambien excuse tweet. A new statement was added, updating the drug's side effects.

The addition, which has since been deleted, stated, "In 2018, the American Roseanne Barr made the public aware of a number of previously undisclosed side effects to Zolpidem (aka Ambien) including: racism, Trump-tweeting, anthem-spitting, unpatriotic crotch grabbing, public irritation, political agitation, sore losing, sore winning, special election upsets, butt-hurt, hate, avalanches, and loss of sitcom."

After the initial tweetstorm on Monday night, Barr had apologized and tweeted that she would not be returning to Twitter, but that didn't last the day. Overnight on Tuesday, she drafted several additional apologies, or "explanations," before deleting them and trying again. And while Barr's original Ambien-blaming tweet is gone, much like her deleted racist tweet, its legacy lives on.

Below are some of the best comments from Hollywood and beyond after Barr scapegoated Ambien for her racist tweet.

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