Unless you are living in a cave… on Mars, you must have heard about Roseanne’s tweet.
Ms. Barr wrote if the “ brotherhood & planet of the apes had a baby=vj.”
I saw it and had two reactions. First I was confused and thought, ‘who is this ‘vj’?
Well, after doing a Google search I found that is Valerie Jarrett. She was a senior adviser to Barack Obama throughout his presidency. She was born in Iran where her father, a doctor, was part of a program that sent American physicians to developing countries. And her ethnicity is mixed black and white.
I dug deeper and saw that Valerie’s great-grandfather, Robert Robinson Taylor, he was born, June 8, 1868. He was the first African-American to graduate from MIT(1888-1892) Her great-great-grandfather, Henry, was the son of a white slave owner and a Black mother.
Valerie Jarrett did her undergraduate work at Stanford and received her law degree from the University of Michigan. She married in 1983 and divorced in 1988. She has one child. She worked in two private law firms. She eventually specialized in Commercial real estate. She worked for the city of Chicago’s Law Department under Mayer Harold Washington and a series of positions under Mayor Richard M. Daley. Valerie Jarrett met Barack Obama in 1991 through Michelle who was applying for a position in the Chicago Mayors office. And, Valerie was the CEO of the Habitat Co.
I could go on and on, but this is an amazing resume.
Let’s get back to Roseanne’s tweet: the ‘muslim brotherhood’ is a documentary, filmed in Egypt examining the Muslim Brotherhood in Egypt after 2011’s uprisings.
This movie, the second referenced in the tweet, I didn’t have to search out, ‘planet of the apes’ the 1968 version with Charlton Heston and Roddy Mcdowall.
Or maybe you prefer the novel, Planet of the Apes by
Pierre Boulle. Here is a sentence from the synopsis on Amazon: “On this world, humans are savage beasts, and apes rule as their civilized masters.”
The intelligent species were evolved from apes. They were scientist and thinkers. The gorillas were the law keepers. They were a very intelligent, decent species. Well, the Gorillas were controlling asses.
Hmmm. Dare I say, just like some bosses?
And lastly, “…had a baby=vj.”
Okay, I still didn’t get the reference. Roseanne hadn’t added a picture to her tweet. So it was all up to the reader’s imagination. I searched out Valerie’s pictures online and wondered what picture Roseanne had been looking at, Valerie is very pretty.
I have taken some horrible selfies where I resembled a cast member on the walking dead. But…I couldn’t find a picture of Valerie that resembled that tweet. Roseanna didn’t add a picture to her tweet, and reading this tweet we can see why. Roseanne tried to explain her reasoning for the tweet- with this tweet.
I was drinking my morning coffee and my local news station put up a picture. That did it…. and I nearly choked on my coffee.
Really! Yes, really. Oh, wait I am supposed to lie. I didn’t find that picture; my local news station did. Wait, how do I know it was local? –Because I only have antenna TV.-
Some history on Roseanne, “ I did have a few nervous breakdowns and was hospitalized several times. It was very difficult,” this was said in January 2018 on Page Six.
“Roseanne, who first told the world that she has multiple personality disorder in 1994, says it’s not easy dealing with switching between “Somebody” and “Nobody.” ~ by By ABC NEWS July 12, 2001~abcnews.go.com
Even with Mental health issues, Roseanne continues trying to make us laugh. And we do.
According to Variety: “Roseanne” averaged a 3.9 rating in adults 18-49 and 15.2 million viewers. The first two episodes of “Roseanne,” airing back-to-back last week, stunned industry analysts when they averaged a 5.2 and 18.4 million viewers between them.” That’s a lot of guffaws.
So when Roseanne’s tweet went out and people ‘complained’ on Twitter. Roseanne took it down and apologized, more than once.
And then she begged ABC/Disney to forgive her. She even explained her thought process was mixed with Ambien, movie references and she thought she was white.
Some people got it.
Of, course the makers of Ambien had to chime in and cover their pharmaceutical butts, and adding their own slice of hate.
Gotta love the way Sanofi US shows concern for the people who take their drugs. I hope Roseanne sends them an email and they add this side effect.
The list of side effects for Ambien is staggering. Let me grab one:
quick to react or overreact emotionally
Now, we know why kids mental health issues are ignored in schools. Not my problem- our drugs don’t cause that- we don’t know what you’re talking about- didn’t hear about it- not my department- not a known side effect- let me take a message- Zero tolerance no gray area-they should have known better- I don’t want to discuss it-
The Twitter community can be downright threatening.
Guess, we now know how Disney feels about people with mental health issue; they don’t help them or back them up, they fire them.
Hmmm, or maybe its just woman with mental health issues they don’t like because I found an article titled:
Huge pedophile ring exposed working at Disney World
Back to my views on Rosanne’s tweet. I was insulted by the powers that be- not Roseanne.
They tossed Roseanne Barr to the dogs. She is a comedian who keeps trying to make us laugh, while she cries inside.
Shame on you Disney, shame on all the haters. Next time try and read the text and figure out what it means before you take a word like ‘ape’ and think you ‘get it’ you didn’t, shame on you for hating just for the sake of hating.
I agree she should never have said it. But, the fast and swift ax that fell is ridiculous. People shake their heads and insult the person and make fun of the illness while not even understanding it or ever having known the effects of mental illness or what can happen while taking Ambien.
It is like telling a person who is in pain or who has cancer that their illness doesn’t matter or it isn’t real. That they -the person in pain- needs to take responsibility for the inconvenience that they are causing everyone. Some illness don’t have borders. Just because you aren’t hurting like Roseanne doesn’t mean her pain is any less. One day you may be in her shoes.
Go ahead tell me why I am wrong. Just stick to the subject matter. I hope I gave you enough to work with.
- Articles Chicago Tribune 1993