Roseanne Barr was terrified being on an 'island full of brown people' while living in mother's basement in Hawaii
After her racist comments on Twitter against Valerie Jarrett, Roseanne Barr claims that she, and all those who voted for Trump, are not racist
Roseanne Barr has opened up about the weeks that she had spent in hiding following her racist Twitter rant during her first interview since the scandal with Fox News' Sean Hannity. After the interview on Thursday, the former 'Roseanne' star made it to New York’s “Stand Up” Comedy Club where she reportedly spoke to her close friend Rabbi Schmuley Boteach.
Barr spoke about the backlash that she received following her racist Twitter post against the former senior advisor to Barack Obama, Valerie Jarrett. The 65-year-old comedian had to reside in her mother's basement in Hawaii for almost two months and she described the stay as "terrifying". She said, "I was afraid to go out, and also because when you’re called a racist and you live on an island full of brown people, it’s kind of terrifying... It was the end of the world and my life’s work. But I lived through it and God has shown me great love, and so have people. And that’s very healing."
Barr did apologize for her behavior against Jarrett whom during her appearance in 'The View', had clearly established the fact that she is concerned by much greater issues to be demotivated by someone's racism. Barr said, "If she’s watching, I’m so sorry that you thought I was racist and that you thought that my tweet was racist because it wasn’t. It was political. And I’m sorry for the misunderstanding that my ill-worded tweet caused. And, you know, I’m sorry that you feel harmed and hurt. I never meant that and, for that, I apologize. I never meant to hurt anybody or say anything negative about an entire race, which I think 30 years of my work can attest to. [sic]"
However, she completely denied being racist. "You call me a racist. I don’t accept it. I know who I am and I’m not a racist and the people who voted for Trump, they’re not racist either and Trump isn’t a racist. Sorry but, you know, we just have a different opinion." Barr also mentioned that this is a rather crippling situation for an artist. "Well, I’m a creative genius and this is not a good feeling for an artist to be treated this way. And it’s not a good feeling for a citizen either. And here’s who I am. I’m somebody who cares about civil rights."
She went on to compare her fallout from Hollywood to the practice of discrimination against Jews. "They lost a good friend; I clearly didn’t. I understand why [the cast] wanted to distance themselves because that’s how the blacklist works, and it’s always Jewish people, excuse me. Sometimes I’ve felt like I’m going to start wearing the yellow star in Hollywood on my arm wherever I go.”
Although she claims that she is over the whole episode of her show getting canceled, and said that she did find some solace on being dismissed from the show since it was already taking a toll upon her health. "I [had become] very physically depleted and ill,” Barr said about her time on the show. “I don’t think I could have lived through 13 more [episodes.] When you’re in a room with 25 writers who hate Trump’s guts — it was kind of a relief [to get out.]”
Watch a clip from the interview below.