Roseanne Barr Blames Ambien Sleep Aid for Racist Tweet, Twitter Explodes

The comedian may want to lay off Twitter for a while – though she shows no signs of doing so after her sitcom was canceled by ABC on Tuesday

Roseanne Barr arriving at the Los Angeles premiere of "Roseanne" in Burbank, California, March 2018.
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Twitter acted in typically restrained fasion on Tuesday and Wednesday after Roseanne Barr blamed her racist tweet about a former Obama aide on a sleep aid she had taken.

Barr's eponymous sitcom "Roseanne" was canceled by ABC on Tuesday, after she tweeted that Valerie Jarrett was the baby of the Muslim Brotherhood and "Planet of the Apes."

A screenshot of the offensive tweet that was deleted by Roseanne Barr.
Twitter screengrab

If Barr had been taking Ambien it didn't seem to be working, since she spent the best part of 24 hours firing out tweets to her supporters and detractors alike. She also found time to retweet messages about the Gazan mortar shelling of Israeli communities on Tuesday.

Many tweeters found Barr's Ambien excuse a tweet too far, and responded accordingly, including the actual drugmaker Sanofi:

Others were unable to restrain themselves from linking Barr and U.S. President Donald Trump (including a certain someone in the White House):

And of course, still others were happy to revisit another controversy from Barr's past, when she donned Nazi regalia for a magazine cover shoot:

TV stars also offered their thoughts on the cancellation of "Roseanne," with one tweeter (cough, Zach Braff) eager to put a word in for their own recently canceled ABC sitcom. One of the best came from "Ken Tremendous" (aka "Good Place" creator Mike Schur), who pointed out who else is a known taker of Ambien:

Barr may want to stay away from the internet, period, for the next few days, since her tweets also dominated late-night shows on Tuesday. Watch what Jimmel Kimmel and Jordan Klepper had to say about the cancellation of "Roseanne" here: