Roseanne Barr: Dave Chappelle, Louis CK Show Cancel Culture Sexist
The comedian draws attention to the sexist double standards of cancel culture, noting the post-scandal success of Dave Chappelle and Louis CK.
Roseanne Barr has said she believes there’s a sexist double standard in cancel culture and has hit out at ABC for firing her from the reboot of her own sitcom, “Roseanne,” before renaming it “The Conners.”
“It was a witch-burning,” Barr said of the fallout in a new interview The Los Angeles Times. “I was denied the right to apologise. God, they hated me so much. I never knew they hated me like that. They hate me because I have talent, because I have an opinion. Even though Roseanne became (ABC’s) No. 1 show, they better not have it be their No. 1 show.”
Barr continued, “When they cut my character out, it sent a message to me that I was mentally ill or had mental health issues – that they wanted me to kill myself.”
Barr pointed out that fellow stand-ups Dave Chappelle and Louis CK have continued to tour and draw audiences since being “written off” by the public.
“They haven’t done that with anybody else in Hollywood, although they always (mention) Dave Chappelle and Louis CK,” Barr said. “Well, Louis CK lost everything, but he actually committed (a crime). And Dave Chappelle was protected by Netflix. I’m the only person who’s lost everything, whose life’s work has been stolen, stolen by people I thought loved me.”
He added: “And there was silence. No one in Hollywood has really publicly defended her except Mo’Nique, who is a brave, close, dear friend.
Mo’Nique similarly filed a lawsuit against Netflix, alleging that the streamer engaged in racial and gender discrimination when it negotiated pay for a stand-up special. The lawsuit was later settled, and Mo’Nique announced a new special.
Barr, meanwhile, got “Roseanne” after tweeting in 2018 that White House adviser Valerie Jarrett had ties to the “Planet of the Apes” movies and the Muslim Brotherhood. Barr later said she didn’t know Jarrett was black and was on Ambien at the time of the tweet.
Now, Barr hosts “Roseanne Barr: Not That!” stand-up special. on Fox Nation and said the new network allowed him to be the “most offensive” yet.
“I’m so happy that this is the most offensive in my stance that I’ve ever been,” Barr said.
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