Roseanne's Response To James Gunn's Firing Continues A Cultural Downward Spiral
Where does all of this end?
Roseanne Barr is still tweeting, which is great, a really good decision on her part, well done hon.
In case you missed it, Barr was fired from the reboot of her series Roseanne in May after she tweeted a racist remark toward a former Obama aid, Valerie Jarrett.
Now the former star has hit out at those supporting James Gunn -- who was recently fired after disturbing tweets surfaced from his past. Barr decided to draw a parallel between the backlash she faced after her own tweet was used to get her fired.
There's a lot to unpack with Barr's relatively short sentiment, but if you don't mind, we'd love to get into it.
What's most surprising about Barr's tweet is the idea that the tweet that got her fired was a joke her vocal critics "didn't even understand". It's interesting, because Barr's story has changed again and again as to exactly what her intent with the tweet was.
Initially she defended the joke to critics, doubled down on ignoring the fact that she called a black woman an ape, and focused on the fact that she referred to her as also a part of the Muslim Brotherhood.
Barr also then claimed she tweeted the racist remark as a result of taking Ambien, calling it a "stupid joke", despite the fact that she's now indignant and claiming that it actually flew over the heads of her critics.
Barr was apologetic for the tweet when it had consequences, calling it a mistake only when it was clear that this tweet, unlike the many, many before it, would be the one to force her to face proper backlash.
In two videos released to her own YouTube channel, Barr has since defended her tweet, saying she "thought Valerie Jarrett was white". The second video saw Barr smoke a cigarette while looking disheveled, before screaming at the camera, "I THOUGHT THE BITCH WAS WHITE. I THOUGHT THE BITCH WAS WHITE".
But like we said, the Valerie Jarrett tweet wasn't the first of its kind to pop up on Barr's Twitter feed.
The 65-year-old's Twitter presence leading up to the racist tweet was a chaotic, garbled mix of racism, conspiracy theories and constantly changing political positions.
Following her firing, Barr purged a great deal of her tweets, like one from 2016 where she wrote, "jew hater hillary clinton's handler huma weiner is a filthy nazi whore".
Vox complied a history of what they could gather from Barr's conspiracy theories, her insults to the Clinton family, even other examples of her racist jabs.
In the case of Gunn, conservative alt-right figure Mike Cernovich uncovered and circulated the tweets from 2008-2011, provoking the conversation around tweets where Gunn made jokes about rape and pedophilia. Gunn issued his apology, unsurprisingly, via Twitter.
The subject matter is gross, and the tweets were bad, and Disney acted without hesitation. Gunn also said in his tweeted statement he was "very, very different" than he was a few years ago.
"As I have discussed publicly many times, as I've developed as a person, so has my work and my humour."
Meanwhile, Cernovich was bolstered by his success with Gunn's firing, pushing him to target more left-wing and vocal critics of Trump including -- and certainly not limited to -- Dan Harmon, Michael Ian Black, writers for John Oliver's Last Week Tonight and Patton Oswald.
In an increasingly divided world, our social media pasts are being used against us to prove a point that probably doesn't exist. It's like a game of chess where -- at the end of the day -- there are no winners, only strategic take-downs that force the hand of the other side.
But like, for what?
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