Roseanne Claims Anti-Semitism Played A Part In Her Firing
Roseanne Barr was fired by ABC last May after a tweet that likened former Obama advisor Valerie Jarrett to what would happen if the “Muslim Brotherhood & Planet of the Apes had a baby.” This week she told the Jerusalem Post that her abrupt firing was caused in part by anti-Semitism. Said Jewish people everywhere: Hey! Don’t drag us into this.
“I feel that what happened to me, a large part of it is anti-Semitism,” the Jewish comic said, adding, “They did something unprecedented that they’ve never done to any other artist. And at the base of that I think it’s because I am the most vocal person about Israel and BDS.”
Talking about the backlash to her comments on Jarrett, she said, “I was never allowed to explain what I meant — and what I meant was a commentary on Iran — so they purposely mischaracterized what I said and wouldn’t let me explain.” Experts on Iran are often quick to compare black women to apes (no, they aren’t,) so Barr’s explanation makes a lot of sense (it doesn’t.) “I think [the firing] had a lot to do with identifying with Israel,” she said.
Barr will be in Israel soon, giving a speech at the Knesset on January 31. She plans to talk about her experience being fired from ABC as well as her devotion to Israel and the reality of anti-Semitism in America. She has not ruled out, the Post confirmed, once again running for office in America, as she did in the 2012 presidential election.