If you’ve been living under a rock the past 24-hours, you may not know that Roseanne Barr got her show canceled after she tweeted something so racist and awful ABC executives could no longer pretend to not know about it. Though the reboot of Roseanne has had excellent ratings, the character of Roseanne is very different from her namesake. The fake one is a Trump supporter, but maintains a fairly respectful discourse with the people around her. The real Roseanne tweets that a former Obama advisor is an “ape,” and that Chelsea Clinton is related to George Soros.
They’re different people, but only one them makes money off a TV show. The recent string of racist and conspiracy theory racist tweets got the reboot cancelled on Tuesday, and though she apologized, it was too late.
“Roseanne’s Twitter statement is abhorrent, repugnant and inconsistent with our values, and we have decided to cancel her show,” ABC Entertainment president Channing Dungey told Variety.
After the backlash, Roseanne initially said she’d get off Twitter:
That hasn’t happened at all! In fact, she’s doubling down harder, and fighting with her fake TV children who renounced her racist comments.
But before it got there, Roseanne Barr also tweeted that it wasn’t that she was horribly racist when she said all those awful things—it’s that she was on Ambien, a sleeping pill, but still awake enough to hit send.
“It was 2 in the morning and I was ambien tweeting,” she wrote. “It was memorial day too-i went 2 far & do not want it defended-it was egregious Indefensible. I made a mistake I wish I hadn’t but…don’t defend it please.”
This tweet has also been deleted, but Barr is still getting dragged over it, probably because people feel that she’s been racist for years and years.
And then the makers of Ambien, Sanofi, stepped in to clarify what the exact side effects of racism are:
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
There you go.
People are loving a company getting in on the dragging action. The Dictionary was next:
And other people are wondering what Ambien will do to them:
18 minutes in… still love everyone. No judgement yet.
— Meredith Salenger (@MeredthSalenger) May 30, 2018
But mostly everyone is mocking Roseanne’s ridiculous claims:
Would Ambien change white supremacist David Duke’s outlook on the world for the better? Almost certainly not, but an interesting theory from Patton Oswalt:
“We must build a world where everyone is treated with equal respect and opportunity, no matter their race, creed or sexual orientation.”
— David Duke tweeting on Ambien
— Patton Oswalt (@pattonoswalt) May 30, 2018
Roseanne doesn’t like the jokes:
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
But they’re still coming:
Roseanne claims she was on Ambien at the time of her tweet. Sanofi-Aventis quickly amended their ads to include “may cause racism, ignorance, bigotry, support of authoritarians and demagogues, and loss of a hit television show. See your psychiatrist for assistance.”
— George Takei (@GeorgeTakei) May 30, 2018
Look, I’m not trying to make excuses for anyone, but the last time I took Ambien I annexed Poland
— Andy Richter (@AndyRichter) May 30, 2018
Who among us hasn’t taken Ambien, sleepwalked down to the fridge, and posted dozens of racist tweets over several years
— Jess Dweck (@TheDweck) May 30, 2018
Meanwhile, people are reaching out to the rest of Roseanne‘s cast to see if they want to work together:
Laurie Metcalf and John Goodman let me write things for you
— Mindy Kaling (@mindykaling) May 30, 2018
Racism is a helluva drug.