Almost one year after being fired from ABC following racist tweets, comic Roseanne Barr believes Michelle Obama is to blame.
Barr’s controversial tweet compared former White House adviser Valerie Jarrett to the Muslim brotherhood and The Planet of the Apes. She apologized for the remark, but it wasn’t enough to keep former ABC Entertainment president Channing Dungey from giving her the boot.
In a new interview with The Times UK, Barr says she believes Mrs. Obama gave Dungey the order to let her go.
“[Michelle] said, ‘This tweet is unforgivable.’ That’s what I was told, and I tend to believe it, because the woman who fired me is now working with the Obamas at Netflix.”
Dungey now develops original programming for the streaming giant, including future content from the Obamas’ Higher Ground Productions.
“I should have written it backwards,” she said of the offensive tweet. “It came out dyslexic. It should have been, ‘Valerie Jarrett’s ties to the Muslim Brotherhood have now allowed Iran’s government to remain, as in the movie Planet of the Apes.’”
The comedian also believes ABC resented her support of President Donald Trump.
“They hate powerful women and they hate powerful, deplorable women and I do consider myself deplorable,” she said. “Deplorable is the greatest thing Hillary [Clinton] ever called us, because it empowered a revolution — we are deplorable to her kind. Of course, all working-class people are deplorable to her because it was working-class people that elected Trump.”
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Born and raised in Compton, California, Jessica Bennett began her career as an intern at The Oakland Post, and later, The Source Magazine. She went on to write for respected hip hop publications such as DJ Booth and Hip Hop DX before becoming the Urban Editor of pop culture website, Wetpaint.com. She joined Ebony as the Entertainment Editor August 2017. Bennett has interviewed such names as Vanessa Williams, Spike Lee, Tyra Banks, Forest Whitaker, Magic & Cookie Johnson and several others.