Charlie Sheen says he can 'relate' to Roseanne Barr's behavior in the wake of backlash over racist tweet
Roseanne Barr has been having a strange year. It should have been going smoothly, as the revival of the sitcom Roseanne - over twenty years since it came to an end - made its way onto our screens. It was getting good ratings, but the reception from fans and critics were mixed, to say the least.
The show's stance on certain heated political topics frustrated many, especially in how it backtracked on many of its more progressive views in the original run. However, it wasn't the show itself that eventually led to its cancellation, but the actions of its star on social media.
In May, Barr tweeted a racist joke about a former advisor to the Obama administration, Valerie Jarrett. The African-American woman, who was born in Iran, was referred to by Barr in the tweet. "muslim brotherhood & planet of the apes had a baby=vj," Barr wrote.
It wasn't the first time that Roseanne had got in trouble for her tweets, as she has also attacked Parkland school shooting survivors and posted various right-wing conspiracy theories, but it was the breaking point for ABC.
"Roseanne’s Twitter statement is abhorrent, repugnant and inconsistent with our values, and we have decided to cancel her show," the network said in a statement.
Recently, Barr made headlines once again when she was filmed defending her tweet. "I thought the b***h was white! God dammit! I thought the b***h was white! F**k!" she said in the video. Now, in a recent interview, Charlie Sheen has come forward to say that he "can relate" to her behaviour as of late.
The 52-year-old actor was fired from sitcom Two and a Half Men in 2011 when his behaviour went off the rails, and a very public feud with the show's creator, Chuck Lorre. He was the highest-paid actor on television in 2010, but things soon went south.
Speaking of Roseanne on the Kyle and Jackie O Show on Monday, he said:
"I can relate to that tone of absolute despair because it's not just about herself it's about the people that she knows she affected as well.
"What I hear in her voice, trying not to focus on the words but the emotion, is - I hear the frustration, pain, there's such a sadness there.
"The thing that is a little bit sad is that when someone does melt, everything good they have ever done that has entertained millions of people is always forgotten."
However, he doesn't believe people should be forgiven just because they have done great work, either, as he explained. What he does touch on, is how when put in this position on the public stage - justified or not - people can act very strangely.
Around the time that the show's cancellation was announced, Sheen said "good riddance" at the news, and suggested a Two and a Half Men revival to replace the axed show.
Now, he has some regrets. "I shouldn't have said 'Roseanne good riddance' because whatever happened she's been nothing but nice to me in the past so that part I would delete," he said.
Sheen has seen his fair share of criticism for controversial comments he has made over the years, which is likely why he relates to Roseanne's situation. After all, he did get in a lot of trouble for claiming that 9/11 was an inside job...