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Roseanne Barr’s racism is welcome in Israel

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13.02.2019

The disgraced American actor-comedian Roseanne Barr was welcomed warmly in Israel last month. No surprise in that, you may think, but it now appears that this was precisely because of her racism. Once the toast of the liberal Hollywood establishment, Barr has over the past few years re-modelled herself as a rabid supporter of US President Donald Trump as well as Israel’s racism and war crimes.

Her fame peaked in the early 1990s, as the star of her eponymous hit sitcom about working class family life. However, like many US sitcoms, Roseanne ultimately outstayed its welcome, with increasingly far-fetched plot lines.

Barr’s attempt last year to revive and reboot the show was predicated on injecting her real-life persona as a Trump fan into her character, Roseanne Conner. The revamped show was scrapped in May, though, after outrage over an incident which demonstrated Barr’s inability to curb her more openly racist tendencies.

She had written on Twitter that former Obama administration advisor Valerie Jarrett, a Black woman, was the offspring of the “muslim [sic] brotherhood and [the] planet of the apes”. After a public outcry, Barr’s show was cancelled by ABC, which condemned her Tweet as “abhorrent” and contrary to their “values”.

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