Roseanne Barr: Anti-Semitism, my stance on Israel and BDS played into dismissal from ABC

Amercian comedian Roseanne Barr said anti-Semitism played part in her dismissal from ABC following a racist tweet. “I feel that what happened to me, a large part of it is anti-Semitism,” she told The Jerusalem Post in an interview published on Friday.

“I was never allowed to explain what I meant – and what I meant was a commentary on Iran,” Barr added. “They purposely mischaracterized what I said and wouldn’t let me explain. And in haste they did something unprecedented that they’ve never done to any other artist.”

According to Barr, who is scheduled to visit Israel later in January, “at the base of that I think it’s because I am the most vocal person about Israel and BDS… I have never in my life done anything racist, and I think my career proves that. And they did it so quickly – to fire and label and slander my name. I think it had a lot to do with identifying with Israel.”

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Barr said in an interview with Fox News’ Sean Hannity in July that her tweet about former Obama official Valerie Jarrett was a political statement that had nothing to do with race. “That is a tweet about asking for accountability from the previous administration about the Iran deal, which Valerie Jarrett is the author of, and that was what was in my head,” Barr said.

ABC announced in May it had canceled its hit reboot of “Roseanne” following her racist tweet, which read: “muslim brotherhood planet of the apes had a baby=vj.” After deleting that tweet, Barr tweeted to Jarrett, who is African-American, that she was sorry “for making a bad joke” about her politics and her looks.

ABC Entertainment President Channing Dungey says the comment “is abhorrent, repugnant and inconsistent with our values, and we have decided to cancel the show.” It had eventually been decided that Roseanna would be killed off for the spinoff, titled “The Conners,” which aired in October.

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Barr announced in December that she would visit the Israeli Knesset on January 30 to speak out against the boycott, divest and sanctions movement. She is set to tour Israel with Rabbi Shmuley Boteach, founder of the World Values Network, and had reportedly been invited to speak at the Knesset by Deputy Speaker Hilik Bar.