It’s difficult to feel bad for someone who has proven to be a crass and hateful person, but that didn't stop Roseanne Barr from going for the sympathy vote during a podcast interview with friend Rabbi Shmuley Boteach. The interview focused on “Repentance, Jewish Values, and the Pain We Cause Others.”
The interview was Barr's first since her newly revived sitcom, Roseanne, was canceled in response to the public outcry over a racist tweet she made regarding former Obama adviser Valerie Jarrett. During the interview, Barr claimed regret.
Interesting bit in this otherwise unnecessary article (she's been a spigot of hate for years, hurt so many, remorse only hit when cost was high) is that ABC gave her the option of saving the sitcom if she closed her Twitter account. Roseanne refused. So SHE chose cancellation. https://t.co/VEkRxBN9yG— Hend Amry (@LibyaLiberty) June 25, 2018
Among other things, Barr said:
I apologize to anyone who thought, or felt offended and who thought that I meant something that I, in fact, did not mean. It was my own ignorance, and there’s no excuse for that.
Knowing Valerie Jarrett a little bit, I am betting she is willing to forgive Roseanne Barr. So should everybody including ABC. Compassion needs to make a comeback.— Bill O'Reilly (@BillOReilly) June 25, 2018
The former sitcom star said she wanted to apologize personally to Jarrett but had been unable to reach her. When she couldn’t speak to Jarrett, she took to Twitter to issue an apology directly to the former adviser.
@ValerieJarrett i don't know if u saw it, but I wanted2 apologize to u 4 hurting and upsetting u with an insensitive & tasteless tweet. I am truly sorry-my whole life has been about fighting racism. I made a terrible mistake wh caused hundreds of ppl 2 lose their jobs. so sorry!— Roseanne Barr (@therealroseanne) May 30, 2018
During the interview Barr also said:
Sometimes you just say the wrong words and I should have known better. I shouldn’t have done it. I wish to hell I wouldn’t have done it or be more clear with a few letters.
Boteach referred to Barr as eloquent after she said:
The point is to feel remorse in your heart because that’s what unplugs your heart. You have to feel remorse, not just repentance. That’s just a step towards feeling remorse. And when you feel remorse you have to follow it with recompense.
Not everyone is buying Barr's claims of remorse.
How can you say you're sorry when you keep retweeting other's hateful tweets defending yours? Heartbreaker— Mary Costa (@Ovareasy) May 30, 2018
Barr's interview came just after ABC announced it would be canceling the second season of Roseanne.
ABC recently announced that it would be moving ahead with a continuation of Roseanne titled The Conners. The matriarch will not be involved in the future production but, at least so far, it appears the rest of the cast will be returning.
Boteach provided a full transcript of the interview, which Barr retweeted.
H/T: Huffington Post