When Roseanne Barr made a racist tweet Tuesday, it wasn’t because she is racist – it was simply a joke made in bad taste, inspired by the sleeping aid she had taken that night.
At least, this is how Barr has explained herself, following intense backlash which included ABC Entertainment cancelling the sitcom reboot of “Roseanne”.
The comedian’s apology was offset, however, as Barr continued tweeting through the day Tuesday.
She zig-zagged between apologizing for her foul Twitter behavior and retweeting memes that made her apology sound insincere. She retweeted fans who portrayed her as the victim of a liberal media double standard. All told, she posted more than 100 times.
Among her retweets: Photos of former Obama aide Valerie Jarrett side by side with an ape.
It was Barr's earlier tweet about Jarrett that caused outrage and ultimately led to the show's cancellation. In a response to a comment about Jarrett, Barr had said: "Muslim brotherhood & planet of the apes had a baby=vj."
Barr also asked her fans not to defend the initial tweet, noting that it was “indefensible” but also blaming her sleep aid:
She tweeted, "guys I did something unforgiveable so do not defend me. It was 2 in the morning and I was ambien tweeting -- it was memorial day too -- i went 2 far & 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 cited Ambien again in a later tweet, saying, "Not giving excuses for what I did(tweeted) but I've done weird stuff while on ambien -- cracked eggs on the wall at 2am etc."
CNN reported that Barr later deleted the tweets referencing the drug, but its maker jumped into the fray as well:
Sanofi, the maker of Ambien, responded with a statement full of shade: "While all pharmaceutical treatments have side effects, racism is not a known side effect of any Sanofi medication."