Roseanne sets off fury with Ambien excuse for racist tweet
Roseanne Barr set off a furious reaction on Twitter when she blamed a racist tweet she sent Tuesday about a former Obama adviser partly on her use of Ambien.
In a now-deleted tweet Wednesday, Barr wrote: “Guys I did something unforgiveable so do not defend me. 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. I made a mistake I wish I hadn’t but…don’t defend it please. ty.”
Sanofi, the company that produces the prescription sleep aid, slammed Barr for trying to pass her tweet off as a side effect.
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
Dictionary.com chimed in, saying the name Ambien comes from French words and joking that it does not mean “prone to making racist comments.”
The name Ambien is thought to come from the word “ambient” or similar words in French. Ambient does not mean “prone to making racist comments,” but it does mean “of the surrounding area or environment.” https://t.co/UpYY5eKzIo https://t.co/XsPn8FthV5
— Dictionary.com (@Dictionarycom) May 30, 2018
Journalists, actors and other media personalities threw jabs at Barr for insinuating that a sleep medication used my millions of people spurred her outburst, in which she said Valerie Jarrett was a child of “The Planet of the Apes” and the Muslim Brotherhood.
National Rifle Association spokeswoman Dana Loesch shared an article from 2012 in which Barr apologized for attacking the restaurant chicken chain Chick-fil-A.
Was she on Ambien during the Chick-Fil-A thing, too?https://t.co/CSJh7eItRj
— Dana Loesch (@DLoesch) May 30, 2018
Actor and President Trump impersonator Alec Baldwin joked that he, too, took Ambien last night.
I took some Ambien last night.
I got out of bed, covered myself in Nutella and ran naked through my apartment lobby. My doorman said I called him Strawberry jelly.
— ABFoundation (@ABFalecbaldwin) May 30, 2018
Ana Navarro, a reporter with CNN, said on Twitter that taking Ambien was going to be her “new excuse for everything.”
My new excuse for everything -todo- in life, will be: “It wasn’t me. It was the #Ambien”.
— Ana Navarro (@ananavarro) May 30, 2018
Other social users shared their Ambien side-effect stories on Twitter or simply mocked Barr’s racist tweet.
things i’ve done on ambien:
— order things online that i didn’t need but really wanted
— text real feelings to a girl i’d been on a date with
— drool on my pillow while frasier plays endlessly
aka all things i *wanted* to do
— will defries (@WilldeFries) May 30, 2018
they must have been on so much ambien! pic.twitter.com/Xktng3lI0b
— jordan (@JordanUhl) May 30, 2018
One time my dad made an entire tray of flawless grilled cheese sandwiches on ambien. I’m talking like 10-12 sandwiches, perfect presentation. He offered to me and then brought them into his bed with him.
Not saying Ambien makes you racist but it can make you do some shit. https://t.co/ZbIXrHFF4p
— KFC (@KFCBarstool) May 30, 2018
The makers of Ambien looking at Roseanne’s tweets: pic.twitter.com/YLyXiEWO2j
— Ijeoma Oluo (@IjeomaOluo) May 30, 2018
Ambien doesn’t magically turn you into a racist asshole, but it does help Americans sleep while our country is being run by racist assholes.
— Adam Best (@adamcbest) May 30, 2018
When the Ambien kicks in… pic.twitter.com/zyNPy0y7WF
— Simar (@sahluwal) May 30, 2018
“Hi. I’m calling to see if my Ambien prescription is ready.” pic.twitter.com/mpqhysN8bU
— Matt Fernandez (@FattMernandez) May 30, 2018
Ambien’s kinda pricey, so I popped some black market Claritin and am now feeling very racist about pollen.
— Kashana (@kashanacauley) May 30, 2018
1 hour later: pic.twitter.com/U2vQEVpgrf
— Mark Holcomb (@MarkPeriphery) May 30, 2018
ABC on Tuesday canceled the reboot of the sitcom “Roseanne” following the star’s tweet. She has also been dropped by her talent agency.
Barr defended herself for the insulting tweet on Wednesday, writing she was “not a racist.”