Barr the Bigot: How Racism Exposes the Authoritarian Strain

Roseanne Barr interviewed by Dana Weiss during 7th Annual Jerusalem Post Conference at Marriott Marquis Hotel. (Photo: Lev Radin / Pacific Press / LightRocket via Getty Images)

Roseanne Barr interviewed by Dana Weiss during 7th Annual Jerusalem Post Conference at Marriott Marquis Hotel on April 29, 2018. (Photo: Lev Radin / Pacific Press / LightRocket via Getty Images)

Six years before Disney’s ABC network decided to give her another shot at television glory, Roseanne Barr ran for president as the Peace and Freedom Party’s nominee after losing the Green Party nod to Jill Stein. Just before the 2012 election, Barr said something horrible and ignorant about transgender people on Twitter and wound up in a shouting match with the world.

Sounds familiar.

The consternation was considerable at the time. Barr had spoken at Occupy rallies and campaigned on a progressive Green Party platform, later campaigning with none other than Gold Star mother Cindy Sheehan at her side. She was a hero to many at the time, having carved out a place for herself with her bare hands and raw personality in a male-dominated business. Where was all this hatefulness coming from?

Six years later, and we’re all seeing what was obvious from the jump: Roseanne Barr has always been a bigoted conspiracy theorist.

Flash forward a year to November 2013. Barr penned a letter to members of Congress demanding they “stop the dictatorship initiated in the Executive Branch.” The actor was deeply displeased with the Affordable Care Act and wanted it erased from the books. “(Sixteen) Democratic Members of the Senate met with Obama the other day begging for an extension in the implementation of ObamaCare,” she wrote. “Of course they didn’t mention the Nazi origins of it, fearful they would be thrown …read more

Via:: Truthout

      

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