Roseanne’s bizarre coronavirus theories are turning heads
Roseanne Barr has yet another controversy under her belt. The outspoken comedienne has come under fire for bizarre comments she made about the coronavirus during an appearance on Norm Macdonald’s YouTube talk show, Quarantined with Norm Macdonald, on April 5, 2020. During the talk, the former Roseanne star (who was cut from the show in May 2018 because of another controversial comment she made) said she believes the pandemic is truly a plot to kill off her generation: the baby boomers.
“You know what it is, Norm?” the 67-year-old said (via Independent). “I think they’re just trying to get rid of all my generation. The boomer ladies that, you know, that inherited their, you know, are widows. [sic] They inherited the money so they got to go wherever the money is and figure out a way to get it from people.”
The actress essentially suggested that “they” (whomever she claims is the mastermind behind the outbreak) is trying to get rid of the boomers who have money and don’t work, so that money can be redistributed amongst the younger generations.
Roseanne Barr also believes this coronavirus is the rapture
In her explosive video interview with Norm Macdonald, Roseanne Barr even went as far as to say that the COVID-19 crisis may be the much-awaited rapture. For those who don’t know, the rapture is a concept believed by some Christians (particularly within branches of American evangelicalism), which consists of an end-of-the-world event when all Christian believers — alive and resurrected — will rise into the sky to meet face-to-face with Jesus and be saved (via Bible Info).
“Well, you know it’s all connected in my head because I’m on the autism spectrum,” Barr explained, according to Yahoo U.K. “So everything has to fit perfectly or else I go insane. So I’m always trying to put things together, but it’s all interrelated. I think we’re being forced to evolve.” In the same interview, the actress added, “You know I’m crazy. So I’m speaking as a crazy woman right now.”
Roseanne Barr doesn't think the virus is threatening her area
The interview madness didn’t end with Roseanne Barr’s conspiracy theories. The actress — who is currently living in Hawaii — insisted during her talk with Norm Macdonald that there’s only been one positive case of COVID-19 “on the island” she’s in.
It’s unclear what part of Hawaii Barr lives in, but according to the State of Hawaii’s Department of Health, there are 371 reported cases of COVID-19 and “99 percent of the Hawaiian people are sequestered and doing exactly what they were told to do.” So, is Barr the 1 percent? Apparently not. She joked to Macdonald that she’s been self-isolating since her fall from grace in Hollywood!
On top of everything, the star — who now has much time in her hands due to her ABC firing — dropped another bombshell during her interview: She wants to sue all of Hollywood. “I have the time now to research and come up with the perfect lawsuit,” Barr said (via Independent), adding that she began planning her retaliation against the industry after she was kicked off her sitcom Roseanne. Now, she’s ready to “f*** over everybody in the f***ing world over there.”
This is definitely not Roseanne Barr's first controversy
Of course, her coronavirus controversy is not Roseanne Barr’s first rodeo. The comedian and longtime TV actress has made headlines for years due to her polarizing comments. In 2018, ABC cut Barr out of the Roseanne revival — which was named after her and featured her as the main star — after she made racist comments about former White House official Valerie Jarrett. Her remark came in the form of a tweet, which read that if the “muslim brotherhood & planet of the apes had a baby,” it would be Jarrett.
While Jarrett — the African-American woman, who served as an influential senior adviser to Barack Obama during his presidency — dismissed Barr’s tweet as just more hate mail, fans and stars immediately shamed Barr for the insensitive words. Though she apologized (and insisted she thought Jarrett was white, for some reason), it was much too late. ABC abruptly canceled Roseanne hours later, and the network’s entertainment president, Channing Dungey, said in a statement, “Roseanne’s Twitter statement is abhorrent, repugnant and inconsistent with our values.” Eventually, the show returned, without Barr, in the form of The Conners.
Since her firing, Barr has somewhat stepped back from Twitter and rarely publishes any personal comments of reactions — but that doesn’t mean she’s stopped speaking out. Will the controversies ever end?
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