"You throw me under the bus. Nice!": Roseanne Barr responds after show's co-stars slam her for her racist comments
Responding to co-star Fishman, Roseanne said that it was she who created the platform for inclusivity with the TV series.
ABC announced that it would be canceling Roseanne following the racist comment passed by Roseanne Barr on Twitter. Even though Roseanne later apologized for the comment, it did not seem to make any difference. Some of her co-stars took to Twitter to announce that they were as shocked by the comments as anyone else.
It all started when Roseanne took aim at former Obama administration advisor Valerie Jarrett and wrote "Muslim brotherhood & planet of the apes had a baby=vj." Following the cancelation, co-stars Sara Gilbert and Michael Fishman issued their own response. Sarah was the first one to address the issue and assured people that it did not reflect any of the beliefs held by her fellow cast members.
"Roseanne's recent comments about Valerie Jarrett, and so much more, are abhorrent and do not reflect the beliefs of our cast and crew or anyone associated with our show," she wrote. "I am disappointed in her actions, to say the least." Following this, Roseanne replied to the tweet by writing "Wow! unreal."
Meanwhile, Michael posted a lengthy message with regard to the incident and stated that Roseanne's words were "reprehensible and intolerable." "I believe our show strived to embrace different backgrounds and opinions, through open dialogue," he said in his statement.
"While I am going to miss being part of the ABC family, I believe that to sit back or remain silent in an attempt to distance myself from the actions/statements of others would unintentionally endorse or placate those statements which I find truly offensive. My character was designed to represent the inclusive nature of my views. To represent portions of society often marginalized. At this moment it is important to be clear. We must stand-up against; bias, hatred, bigotry, and ignorance to make society a better place for all," he continued.
Roseanne responded to this by commenting, "I created the platform for that inclusivity and you know it.ME. You throw me under the bus. nice!" Michael later responded to Roseanne's tweet by writing, "You fought, built, and designed Roseanne for inclusiveness. That is why yesterday was so out of character with the last 30 years. It was in your hands from the beginning to the end. No one can deny that."