A pharmaceutical company took aim at Roseanne Barr after the star of ABC’s now-canceled television show “Roseanne” blamed a racist tweet on the sleep medication Ambien. Meanwhile, President Trumpo took to Twitter to tweet about the lack of an apology from ABC about the “horrible things” the network says about him.
After Barr tweeted that Valerie Jarrett, a former advisor to President Obama, was a cross between the Muslim Brotherhood and “Planet of the Apes,” the actress wrote that it was “2 in the morning and I was ambien tweeting-it was memorial day too-i went 2 far & and do not want it defended-it was egregious indefensible. I made a mistake I wish I hadn’t…don’t defend it please.”
Sanofi, a French pharmaceutical company and the maker of the Ambien, responded to Barr’s statement, saying:
“People of all races, religions and nationalities work at Sanofi every day to improve the lives of people around the world. While all pharmaceutical treatments have side effects, racism is not a known side effect of any Sanofi medication.”
People of all races, religions and nationalities work at Sanofi every day to improve the lives of people around the world. While all pharmaceutical treatments have side effects, racism is not a known side effect of any Sanofi medication.— Sanofi US (@SanofiUS) May 30, 2018
Trump, who reveled in the success of “Roseanne” after Barr’s character in the show came out as a supporter of his presidency, made no mention of the firing in a campaign-style rally in Tennessee on Tuesday evening.
However, the president tweeted Wednesday morning, saying that ABC never called him to apologize for the statements they make about him on the network.
Bob Iger of ABC called Valerie Jarrett to let her know that “ABC does not tolerate comments like those” made by Roseanne Barr. Gee, he never called President Donald J. Trump to apologize for the HORRIBLE statements made and said about me on ABC. Maybe I just didn’t get the call?— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) May 30, 2018
Jarrett, a black woman who said she was “fine” after the slur, urged in an MSNBC special Tuesday about racism that the incident become a teaching moment. She said that Robert Iger, chief executive of ABC parent Walt Disney Co., called to apologize and told her before it became public that the show was being canceled.