Jenny Pentland: Roseanne Barr got daughter handcuffed and sent her to woods for 'being FAT'
Jenny Pentland, daughter of actress Roseanne Barr, has opened up about her traumatic teenage experience in her soon-to-be-released memoir, 'This Will Be Funny Later'. It is described as "a funny, biting, and entertaining memoir of coming of age in the shadow of a celebrity and finding your own way in the face of absolute chaos that is both a moving portrait of a complicated family and an exploration of the cost of fame," and will be released on January 18, 2022.
During a conversation with People, Pentland revealed, "I was locked up. I was getting bad grades, and I was mouthy, cutting my arms and smoking cigarettes. Just depressed." Roseanne Barr and Bill Pentland admitted her to a problematic teenage facility after specialists suggested treatment for her behavior. She was sent to a series of reform schools, psychiatric facilities, and a wilderness boot camp while she was a teenager. Pentland added that "the worst abuse I feel I suffered was having my free will removed — the lack of freedom."
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Page Six reported, "When she was 15 years old, Jenny Pentland — the daughter of actress Roseanne Barr — was surprised in her Los Angeles home by a group of large men who, with no warning, placed her in handcuffs, drove her to an airport, and flew her to Utah. There, against her will, she was brought to a wilderness survival camp where she was forced to live in the woods for two months. She ate little more than raisins, peanuts, raw cornmeal and half-cooked beans, braving the elements with no connection to her family or the outside world."
According to the report, Pentland still considers the incidents an attempt at kidnapping. Everything that happened to her was fully sanctioned and paid for by Barr. Pentland still doesn’t understand why she was repeatedly put into these situations and prevented from living a normal teenager’s life. The only reason she can think of is her “being fat.”
Pentland revealed that she experienced such emotional turmoil at the facilities, that she struggled with major PTSD later. She hopes to raise awareness regarding these traumatic facilities by sharing her harsh teenage experiences with the world.
In her memoir, she mentions how she contemplated being a better mother to her kids than Barr was to her. “I thought about what I could do differently than what my parents did, and my answer was to listen,” Pentland writes.