Valerie Jarrett addresses Roseanne Barr's racist tweet with class just as we expected she would. Find out what she said, plus the epic response from the drug company that makes Ambien after Roseanne blamed the drug for her racism inside...
"When they go low, we go high" - Michelle Obama couldn't have said it better. Roseanne Barr's world is crumbling down to the ground after she sent out a racist tweet comparing Valerie Jarrett, former White House Senior Advisor to President Barack Obama, to a monkey/ape.
Since then, Wanda Sykes quit the show as a consulting producer, ABC president Channing Dungey canceled her show, and all of the "Roseanne" reruns are being pulled from TV streaming services like Hulu. She has also lost endorsement deals as well.
Amid all of the controversy, Valerie Jarrett is now speaking out to address the racism she was involuntarily faced with. While speaking to MSNBC, Valerie assured everyone she's fine and said this moment in time certainly counts as a "teaching moment" for us all. While she said she's OK, she's more concerned for people who face racism on a daily who may not have people to come to their defense such as she had.
"I think we have to turn it into a teaching moment," she said. "I'm fine. I'm worried about all the people out there who don't have a circle of friends and followers who come right to their defense. The person who is walking down the street minding their own business and they see somebody cling to their purse, or run across the street, or every black parent I know who has a boy who has to sit down and have a conversation -- the talk -- as we call it. As you say, those ordinary examples of racism that happen every single day."
Now this is a class act. While all this is going on, she's more concerned about everyday people who deal with racism. Real woman status.
Roseanne made claims she was quitting Twitter after apologizing for her racist tweet, but it appears she's still tweeting and deleting.
The 65-year-old actress posted a tweet where she tried to explain where the racist tweet came about. She blamed the prescription insomia drug Ambien as the reason why she sent that tweet.
“Guys I did something unforgiveable so do not defend me," she wrote in the now deleted tweet. "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 [sic]. I made a mistake I wish I hadn’t but…don’t defend it please."
She then tweeted that her mention of Ambien was an "explanation" not an "excuse":
no, i didnt i blamed myself. stop lying. Yes, I have had odd ambien experiences on tweeting late at night-like many other ppl do. I BLAME MYSELF OK? it's just an explanation not an excuse, Ok, bully?
— Roseanne Barr (@therealroseanne) May 30, 2018
The drug company who makes Ambien caught wind of Roseanne's claims and made sure to clear their name in the ordeal. The drug company, Sanofi, checked Roseanne's claims with epic shade. Peep the tweet:
People of all races, religions and nationalities work at Sanofi every day to improve the lives of people around the world. While all pharmaceutical treatments have side effects, racism is not a known side effect of any Sanofi medication.
— Sanofi US (@SanofiUS) May 30, 2018
Nice try Roseanne. You need more people though.
Oh. And y'alls president had to throw his 2 cents in the mix as well:
Bob Iger of ABC called Valerie Jarrett to let her know that “ABC does not tolerate comments like those” made by Roseanne Barr. Gee, he never called President Donald J. Trump to apologize for the HORRIBLE statements made and said about me on ABC. Maybe I just didn’t get the call?
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) May 30, 2018