Last year, the popular conservative sitcom "Roseanne" was suddenly pulled from television. After the audience that loved it fought hard for its return, however, it was reinstated. Several weeks ago, however, it was canceled once again. This time, it was pulled from the network over a harmful Tweet that the show's star, Roseanne Barr, posted.
The tweet was regarding Valerie Jarrett, a former aide for President Obama. The Tweet said that Jarrett, who is black, is like the "Muslim brotherhood & planet of the apes had a baby."
The harmful Tweet was called out almost immediately for racial undertones. After a complete uproar on the Internet, Barr revealed that she had no idea that Jarrett was black and that she was not intending for her joke to be racist in any way.
Still, ABC canceled "Roseanne." They said that the Tweet was "inconsistent with our values." Weeks later, however, the network revealed that they would be doing a spinoff of the popular sitcom. This time, the show will be called "The Connors" and won't include Roseanne Barr or her name.
Now, Roseanne has spoken out about the entire situation. In a tear-prompting interview with Shmuley Boteach, she talked about how sorry she is that this ever happened.
She fought through tears, saying, "I have to get a hold of myself..."
Barr then said, "I horribly regret it. Are you kidding? I lost everything, and I regretted it before I lost everything. And I said to God, 'I am willing to accept whatever consequences this brings because I know I've done wrong. I'm going to accept what the consequences are,' and I do, I have."
She continued, "And I've made myself a hate magnet, and as a Jew, it's just horrible. It's horrible...I thought she was white. I didn't know she was black and I cop to it."
"I have black children in my family. I can't, I can't let them say these things about that, after 30 years of putting my family and my health and my livelihood at risk to stand up for people," Barr added.
"I'm a lot of things, a loud mouth and all that stuff. But I'm not stupid, for God's sake. I never would have wittingly called any black person, they are a monkey. I just wouldn't do that. I didn't do that," she said.
Barr then noted that it's not about excuses. At this point, people were hurt and it is her responsibility to accept her ignorance that caused the pain.
She said, "But I have to face that it hurt people. When you hurt people, even unwillingly, there's no excuse. I don't want to run off and blather on with excuses. But I apologize to anyone who thought, or felt offended and who thought that I meant something that I, in fact, did not mean. It was my own ignorance, and there's no excuse for that ignorance."
Roseanne concluded, "You have to feel remorse, not just repentance. You have to take action in the world- whether it's through money or other things- to correct your sin. After your heart is unfrozen and after it stops being broken from the pain you caused others, you stop being a robot and you gotta' come back to God. So it's remorse, and I definitely feel remorse."
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