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Roseanne sets off fury with Ambien excuse for racist tweet

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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. chimed in, saying the name Ambien comes from French words and joking that it does not mean “prone to making racist comments.”

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.

Actor and President Trump impersonator Alec Baldwin joked that he, too, took Ambien last night.

Ana Navarro, a reporter with CNN, said on Twitter that taking Ambien was going to be her “new excuse for everything.” 

Other social users shared their Ambien side-effect stories on Twitter or simply mocked Barr’s racist tweet.

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.”

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