Roseanne Barr by the Forward

Roseanne Barr returns with a new Trump conspiracy theory

It feels like a century has passed since Roseanne Barr blamed a racist Twitter tirade on Ambien. Now, the comedian is back to send an altogether different — if no less puzzling — message about the leader of the free world.

In a video posted to Twitter, Barr, from her home, launched into a one-minute musing:

“You know what I think? Y’know, discuss amongst yourselves — if you don’t agree you don’t really have to burn me at the stake,” Barr says. Given her penchant for saying heinous things, there seems to be no way this will end well.

Many watching who once held fond feelings for the “Roseanne” star might bury their head in their hands, rock into a fetal position or cover their ears for fear of what’s next. Those who don’t care for Barr may perk up in anticipation of whatever reprehensible insight she is about to unload on us. (Around this time, an out of frame cigar makes an appearance.)

After a long, paranoid windup, Barr finally hits us with her truth: “Trump is, in my opinion, the first woman president of the United States.”

Is it a joke? It can be read as some form of commentary on policing free speech and her own reputation for being labelled a fringe bigot for referring to a Black Obama official as a hybrid of the Muslim Brotherhood and the “Planet of the Apes.” But that reputation is so strong and her online presence so rife with conspiracy theories that this may be something Barr actually believes. In any event, her comedic timing is still right on if discomfort is the ultimate end game. She may have been killed off of “The Connors,” but she still seems to be working on some new material.

Whatever Barr’s fear of blowback, she can rest assured she’s safer than her namesake in the administration, who may face a protracted legal cancellation known as impeachment. But at least, as far as Roseanne is concerned, Bill Barr will have had the honor of serving under the first female commander in chief.

PJ Grisar is the Forward’s culture fellow. He can be reached at

Roseanne Barr’s back with a new Trump conspiracy theory


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