That’s not “outspoken”

Living in Trump World.

A week after Roseanne Barr’s ABC sitcom closed out a successful comeback season, the outspoken comedian was at the center of a social media storm prompted by her reference on Twitter to “The Planet of the Apes” when mentioning a former top adviser to President Barack Obama who is black.

Early on Tuesday, Ms. Barr posted a comment about Valerie Jarrett, the former adviser to Mr. Obama, that said if “muslim brotherhood & planet of the apes had a baby=vj.”

I’ve never seen her sitcom and I’ve never been able to keep track of all the people named Roseanne we’re supposed to pay attention to. but I know what “ape” jokes are about.

Can’t really explain that away.

Ms. Barr initially dismissed accusations that the comment was racist, defending it as “a joke.” She also said on Twitter, “ISLAM is not a RACE, lefties. Islam includes EVERY RACE of people.”

Yeeeaaaah but 1. I don’t think Valerie Jarrett is part of the Muslim Brotherhood and 2. don’t forget the planet of the apes part.

Then she deleted the tweet, then a bit later she apologized.

“I apologize to Valerie Jarrett and to all Americans,” she wrote. “I am truly sorry for making a bad joke about her politics and her looks. I should have known better. Forgive me – my joke was in bad taste.”

Nah. That’s not just “bad taste” and it’s not just about “her looks.” It’s also not a “bad joke.”

I know almost nothing about Roseanne Barr and don’t care about her personally, I care about the way the rise of Trump has made this kind of shit possible.

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