The fired sitcom star says her tweet comparing Valerie Jarrett to "Planet of the Apes" was a statement on anti-Semitism.
Roseanne Barr has been on a tweetstorm the last 24 hours, including one claiming she'd intended the tweet everyone saw as racist to be a comment on anti-Semitism.
After a series of tweets in which she vehemently denied being racist, Barr finally addressed the elephant in the room late Wednesday night. "Rod Serling wrote 'Planet of The Apes.' It was about anti-semitism," she tweeted. "That is what my tweet referred to: the anti-Semitism of the Iran deal."
Barr could have left things there, but she didn't. She instead added a line that sounded like it could have come from Donald Trump's Twitter feed, including a familiar insult he's used before. "Low IQ people can think whatever they want," she closed out her tweet.
It was after a tweet in late May comparing former Obama administration adviser Valiere Jarrett, who is black, to the "Planet of the Apes" film that Barr quickly found herself in trouble. She was raked over the coals for that comment, as well as attacks on Chelsea Clinton and billionaire philanthropist George Soros, and ultimately got her top-rated sitcom cancelled by ABC.
In an apology to Clinton, whom she mistakenly said was married to Soros' grandson, Barr claimed that Soros was a Nazi sympathizer who sold out his fellow Jews during World War II. It was only two days ago that she returned to Twitter to retract this second claim and apologize for it.
Both assertions are common among right-wing conspiracy theories, and both have been proven wrong.
On Thursday morning, she added a few more tweets thanking some of those who she says have helped her through this ordeal, including Norm MacDonald, Sean Hannity and Rosie O'Donnell. She then defended her stance with links to articles about Rod Serling's original "Planet of the Apes" film, and talked about how she's reconnecting with her family during this time. She closed with a cautionary warning for her fans.
My childhood was spent growing up in an apartment house owned by my grandmother filled with survivors of Auschwitz and Belsen. I am an advocate 4 them & for all oppressed ppl. I will always be 4 FREEDOM FROM MOB MENTALITY.— Roseanne Barr (@therealroseanne) June 14, 2018
Today I am making picture frames with my beautiful precious mom, and listening to her and Johnny play music together.I'm in heaven!— Roseanne Barr (@therealroseanne) June 14, 2018
guys, don't ever try to frame an existential threat thru a tweet at 2:45 am.— Roseanne Barr (@therealroseanne) June 14, 2018
i'm singing all day. I'm learning amy winehouse songs. Life is great. The hounds bark but the caravan moves on. LAUGH ALL YOU CAN EVERYDAY! love u all.— Roseanne Barr (@therealroseanne) June 14, 2018
She has expressed remorse several times that her actions resulted in the loss of the "Roseanne" series, impacting its cast and crew for something they didn't do. Since the cancellation, there has been speculation that the network was looking into continuing the show without its lead, which is something fans have been receptive to.
The hitch in this plan is that as the show's creator and executive producer, Barr would make money off of any spinoff. But a report by Page Six on Tuesday indicates Barr may be "seriously considering" giving up her profit rights on "Roseanne" to help the spinoff move forward.
For now, Barr is spending time with family, and apparently reflecting on everything that has happened over the last few weeks.