Saturday 18 August 2018

Roseanne Barr praises Kanye West’s latest album and defends her ‘racist’ tweet

Barr claims her allegedly racist posting was “misunderstood”.

Roseanne Barr has tweeted a series of bizarre messages in which she defended her alleged racist comment as ‘misunderstood’ (Steve Parsons/PA)
Roseanne Barr has tweeted a series of bizarre messages in which she defended her alleged racist comment as ‘misunderstood’ (Steve Parsons/PA)

By Keiran Southern, Press Association Los Angeles Correspondent

Roseanne Barr praised Kanye West’s latest album as “about mental illness” and “the greatest thing ever” in a series of tweets in which she defended her allegedly racist comments as “misunderstood”.

The embattled TV star, 65, had her hit sitcom, Roseanne, cancelled in the wake of comments made about a former senior adviser to President Barack Obama.

She referred to Valerie Jarrett as a product of the “Muslim Brotherhood and the Planet Of The Apes”.

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US actress Roseanne Barr has claimed her allegedly racist tweet was ‘misunderstood’ Steve Parsons/PA

In a stream of tweets on Wednesday, Barr defended herself against allegations of racism before praising West’s new LP, tiled Ye.

In a since deleted tweet, she wrote: “MUCH LOVE 2 U all-thanks for helping and praying for me! It worked! Listen to @kanyewest new album about mental illness, it’s the greatest thing ever.”

Before the message in support of West, Barr once again insisted she was not a racist and claimed her comments had been “misunderstood”, also saying she had been watching a documentary about civil rights activist Malcolm X.

She wrote: “I want u all2 know I’m fine. I’ve been using this time2 reflect & 2 gain insight on what I said & how it was misunderstood.. Needless2 say I’m NOT what people have accused me of! I’ve never practiced “RACISM” in my entire life & never will.”

Barr then revealed her 2012 presidential campaign manager Thomas Muhammad is to be allowed to speak for her because, “he knows the work I have done in civil rights against racism ALL MY LIFE & understands my tweet was about Iran’s regime, not race”.

Her tweets then took a bizarre turn.

Barr wrote: “Guys, I have been planting trees digging in the earth singing and feeling a great deal of relief. I will begin to speak for myself in media soon. My mind went into deep shock and my body too. I see clearly now.”

Press Association

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