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Roseanne Barr’s claims of antisemitism harm legitimate claims of antisemitism



Roseanne Barrs claims of antisemitism harm legitimate claims of antisemitism

Actress Roseanne Barr has been accused of strange thoughts throughout her career. She’s often characterized as unhinged, and based on her most recent claims, those characterizations may be accurate.

In an interview with the Jerusalem Post, Barr claimed her firing for making racist Tweets against Valerie Jarrett was fueled in large part by antisemitism.

Roseanne Barr to ‘Post’: Antisemitism played a role in my firing“I feel that what happened to me, a large part of it is antisemitism,” the Jewish actress told the Post in a phone interview on Thursday from her home in Hawaii. “I think it played a part – the fact that 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. And in haste 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.”

Barr was fired by ABC in May, less than a day after she sent a racist tweet about Valerie Jarrett, a former adviser in the Obama administration, writing: “Muslim Brotherhood & Planet of the Apes had a baby=vj.”

My Take

Roseanne Barr was fired because her idiotic Tweet was blatantly racist. She would have been fired if she were Hinda, Muslim, or Christian. She would have been fired regardless of her race. Trying to blame it on antisemitism detracts from legitimate claims of racism.