Roseanne Barr dropped the hammer on Hollywood exposing the double standard they have with cancel culture. She said: “I’ve survived. I’ve come out on the other side of it, finally. But it was a witch-burning. And it was terrifying.
She said what happened to her was devastating emotionally and personally. “I would die many times. I guess you would call it the dark night of the soul. I felt like the devil himself was coming against me to try to tear me apart, to punish me for believing in God.
“And they denied me the right to apologize. Oh my God, they just hated me so badly. I had never known that they hated me like that. They hate me because I have talent, because I have an opinion.
“Even though “Roseanne” became their No. 1 show, they’d rather not have a No. 1 show.
During the initial call, I told them I thought Jarrett was white.
“I said I would go on my show and explain it. They wouldn’t let me. They decided I was a liar in my apology.
“They didn’t do it to anyone else in Hollywood, although they always throw in Dave Chappelle and Louis C.K. Well, Louis C.K. did lose everything, but he committed an actual offense.
“I’m the only person who’s lost everything, whose life’s work was stolen, stolen by people who I thought loved me.
“And there was silence.
“There was no one in Hollywood really defending me publicly, except for Mo’nique, who is a brave, close, dear friend.
“I can’t know what they think or feel. I don’t know why they did what they did. I’m not like them.
“I realized that. I can’t believe what they did, with all the pain that I went through to bring the show back.
“And it didn’t faze them to murder my character, either. They s— on my contribution to television and the show itself.
“But I forgive everybody.
“I started thinking that God took me out of there to save me. And once I started thinking that way, I was, like, a lot better off.
“When they killed my character off, that was a message to me, knowing that I’m mentally ill or have mental health issues, that they did want me to commit suicide.
“They killed my character, and my character. And all of that was to say thank you for bringing 28 million viewers, which they never had before and will never see again.
“Because they can kiss my a—.
“I came back after 20 years and was No. 1 again. That’s unprecedented.
“So I started thinking about all the positives of it, my work and the contribution I made to pop culture and television, its portrayal of a woman and her working-class family.
“They can’t take that away from me. They’ll probably try.
“And I’m so happy that this is the most offensive in my stand-up that I’ve ever had the balls to be.
“I just was so happy that when I looked out in the audience there, the bond between myself and them was not broken.
“I have a large African American and people of color fan base. I always felt horrible and wondered whether that would go away.
“That was always so important to me, because my whole career had started in jazz clubs and in neighborhoods where working-class people lived and where I lived.
“I was afraid that this horrible experience would poison all that. But there it was in all its majesty and beauty.
“I was performing to a beautiful, diverse audience.
“And that made me so happy,” she said.
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