Roseanne Barr is back in the news for making inflammatory comments.
During an appearance on comedian Theo Von’s Last weekend podcast, Barr made Holocaust jokes that circulated on social media and sparked outrage. Days after the clip went viral, YouTube determined that the podcast episode violated its policies prohibiting hate speech.
The video version of the podcast is no longer available on YouTube. In its place is a message that reads, “This video has been removed for violating YouTube’s hate speech policy.” The episode is still available on all other platforms, including Apple Podcasts and Spotify.
The two-and-a-half-hour interview was posted on June 14 but went viral on Tuesday due to a segment with Barr and Von discussing misinformation policies on the internet. After condemning allegations that the 2022 election was rigged, the former Roseane star attempted a sarcastic anti-Semitic rant to make his point.
“The truth and the facts exist, and we have to stick to them,” Barr told Von. “And that’s the truth. And no one died in the holocaust either. That’s the truth. should arrive. Six million Jews should die now because they cause all the problems in the world. But that never happened.”
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Von later responded to the outrage by defending the comedian on Twitter.
“That clip of Roseanne Barr was sarcasm,” Von wrote. “An excerpt from a long sarcastic rant she had during our conversation. Can we not recognize sarcasm anymore?”
In a follow-up tweet, Von posted a longer snippet of their conversation to provide context for Barr’s comments. “Here is the full clip of Roseanne Barr obviously using sarcasm and satire,” he wrote. “She’s a mensch and one of the funniest people I’ve ever met.”
This is far from Barr’s first controversy. In 2018, his sitcom reboot was cut short by ABC after a racist tweet. In the now-deleted post, Barr compared former Barack Obama adviser Valerie Jarrett to “if the Muslim Brotherhood and the Planet of the Apes had a baby.”
Barr later dismissed her cancellation, calling it “witch burn”. In his 2022 documentary, Roseanne: kicked out of Hollywoodshe added: “Witch burn is what it is. Intellectual witch burn, arrogance and ignorance. All the press in the United States and the world, how they interpreted my tweet without any knowledge that I was sending a reporter in Iran about what was happening to the Iranian people. We are under such terrible censorship. It’s just terrible and scary.
months later Roseanethe cancellation came the spin-off, The Connerswhich has been renewed for a sixth season.
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