Valerie Jarrett addresses Roseanne Barr controversy with iconic levels of shade
Back in May, millions of people across America were left shook as Roseanne Barr launched a racist attack on former Obama White House adviser Valerie Jarrett. Tweeting in response to a post about the African-American woman who was born in Iran, the actress posted saying: "muslim brotherhood & planet of the apes had a baby=vj". However, she soon suffered the consequences of her decision, with her show being cancelled and her reputation dragged through the mud.
We were all completely disgusted - but what about the victim of the so-called 'joke'? Well, while you might initially think that Jarrett would be hurt by Barr's abhorrent comment, you'd be sorely mistaken. In fact, the 61-year-old's main response is as follows: Roseanne who?
Jarrett insisted that the incident doesn't keep her up at night in a new interview on The View in which she threw phenomenal levels of shade at the TV star. Talking to the hosts of the American talk show, the former government official joked "if one of you said something like that about me, that might hurt my feelings", going on to claim that there were more important things in the world than a racist tweet.
"This isn’t what keeps me up at night." she said. "What keeps me up at night are those families being separated at the border. Or our children who go to school worrying about whether or not they’re going to be safe and the parents dropping them off. These are the things that keep me up at night. Not a racist tweet."
Despite having no damns to give, this didn't stop Jarrett from roasting the American actress who had caused country-wide outrage. When asked how she would respond to the bizarre video in which Barr screams, “I thought the b**** was white!” Jarrett smiled and asked: "Roseanne who?"
In addition, she burned the American comedian once again when co-host Sunny Hostin told her that Barr will be a guest on Sean Hannity’s Fox News show on Thursday night. "Less is more, don’t you think?" she said. "I won’t be watching; I hope you all won’t be watching either."
In other news related to the racist tweet, Roseanne Barr is reportedly set to be interviewed by Sean Hannity on Fox News on Thursday, the TV appearance apparently being the actress' first since she was fired from hit show Roseanne.
The Conners family are due to return without Barr later in the year, with new show The Conners debuting on ABC on Tuesday October 16 at 8pm. The spinoff will focus on the rest of the family - including John Goodman (Dan), Laurie Metcalf (Jackie), Sara Gilbert (Darlene), Lecy Goranson (Becky) and Michael Fishman (D.J.) - with its shamed former star having no financial or creative involvement in the new series.
"We have received a tremendous amount of support from fans of our show, and it’s clear that these characters not only have a place in our hearts, but in the hearts and homes of our audience," said the cast in a joint statement released by ABC. "We all came back last season because we wanted to tell stories about the challenges facing a working-class family today. We are so happy to have the opportunity to return with the cast and crew to continue to share those stories through love and laughter."