Ambien Responds to Roseanne: 'Racism Is Not a Known Side Effect'

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Roseanne Barr has found a scapegoat for the racist Twitter tirade that got her sitcom cancelled Tuesday: Ambien.

In case you were wondering, Barr didn't actually leave Twitter. Her show was cancelled after she compared former Obama aide Valerie Jarrett, 61, to an "ape" on Twitter.

Jarrett, who said she was "fine" after the slur, urged in an MSNBC special Tuesday about racism that the incident become a teaching moment.

Overnight, though, she responded to a follower regarding the Ambien tweet and said, "I blamed myself, not ambien, stop lying".

Barr is also not the first to use what has come to be known as the "Ambien defense".

'The person walking down the street minding their own business and they see someone clinging to their purse or walk across the street. or every black parent I know who has a boy who has to sit down and have a conversation, the talk as we call it.

The original tweets have since been deleted, and Roseanne later wrote that she apologized by saying that her joke was in "bad taste".

Indeed, according to Sanofi's site, the most common side effects of Ambien are drowsiness, dizziness, diarrhea, grogginess or "feeling as if you have been drugged". Barr's explanation was deemed laughable. She repeatedly says that she blames herself, not the Ambien, despite earlier tweets to the contrary. I will handle my sadness the way I want to.

"I am sorry for making a thoughtless joke that does not reflect my values - I love all people and am very sorry".

Some of her replies to fans clearly expressed how she feels. She also lashed out at co-stars Michael Fishman and Sara Gilbert.

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On Wednesday morning, Barr also invoked President Trump. Through her selection of retweets, Barr implied that she was sacked over her support for President Trump.

The reboot of Barr's eponymous TV show was canceled Tuesday after one season.

But then she deleted her retweet of that post. "I'm not a censor and they have the right to do what they wish".

She previously called for Trump to fire White House special assistant Kelly Sadler after The Hill reported that the staffer mocked John McCain's brain cancer by saying his views don't matter because "he's dying anyway."

Before the controversial Jarret comment, Barr tweeted that Chelsea Clinton is married to billionaire philanthropist George Soros' nephew.

"I did something unforgiveable so do not defend me", Barr wrote.

In a lengthy November 2013 post titled "LETTER TO CONGRESS FROM PRES. CANDIDATE ROSEANNE BARR PEACE AND FREEDOM PARTY", Barr urged members of Congress to "stop the dictatorship initiated in the Executive Branch". A way to keep the cast and crew together in some way?

Others inevitably brought President Trump into the conversation.

- What will Barr do next?

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