Roseanne Barr appeared on Sunday’s episode of The Candace Owens Show in what USA Today characterized as “a new off-the-rails interview.” Of course, that means there was probably a lot of truth spoken and that USA Today does not want people to pay attention to that; they have to instead attempt to paint Roseanne as unhinged to discredit her.
Deadline Hollywood‘s headline reads: “Roseanne Barr Attacks #MeToo, Hollywood, Kamala Harris in Candace Owens Interview” and refers to Barr as a “defrocked TV star” in the opening line of the story.
What was “off the rails” about it? Not much, unless blunt speech is now considered “off the rails” (and it may well be these days).
Essentially, Barr said that the #MeToo movement has gone too far and demands a pound of flesh with zero proof offered, that opportunistic women with questionable morals (yes, she called them ho’s) have used it to gain victim sympathy points, and that women who went to a man’s hotel room late at night claiming they were only expecting “career advice” were either liars or ho’s.
“Well, because they’re ho’s. Like, if you don’t run out of the room and go excuse me, you don’t talk to me, you don’t do that to me, excuse me, and leave, but you stayed around because you said well, I thought maybe he was going to give me a writing job, well, you ain’t nothing but a ho.
“Look at Kamala Harris, who I call Kama Sutra Harris, she…we all know what she did. She slept her way to the bottom. There was a time as a feminist when I was like, no, we don’t do that. We have respect for ourselves….I know a ho when I see one.”
Now, as the rest of the context makes clear, Roseanne was not referring to women who were sexually assaulted, stalked, or raped. She’s referring to women who willingly went to a man’s hotel room in the middle of the night thinking they were going to get “career advice” and then were shocked that the man wanted to sleep with them. She was referring to women in Hollywood (and other career fields) who slept with men as part of their career advancement and now, years later, feel violated. Roseanne continued:
“They’re pretending that they didn’t go to trade sexual favors for money. Women are pissed because they weren’t attracted to the guy they did it with.”
Well, did Roseanne take part in that culture to get ahead?
“I say I tried to trade sexual favors or a career but nobody was buying it, and I’m like, you know, come on. This is so unfair. I had to make it on talent and good looks alone.”
Speaking of looks, Roseanne brought up three women who quickly and loudly stabbed her in the back in the wake of the Valerie Jarrett comments.
“When I went to bat for Sandra [Bernhard], Kathy [Griffin] and Sara [Gilbert] to get them on TV — because I gave them all their TV jobs… you know what people at the networks told me? Those girls are too ugly to go on TV. And I said, ‘This is so incredibly sexist. Look at me, I’m no beauty. You can’t take talent, for a woman, and reduce it to their facial flaws. Are you sh—ing me?’ ”
Referring to their “ugliness inside,” Roseanne feels differently these days.
“Nowadays, I’m like, you’re right. They are too ugly to be on TV.”
To read mainstream media or trade coverage, one would get the impression that Roseanne viciously attacked these women and spent the rest of the hour just making fun of other women and slut shaming them.
Perhaps that’s because in other parts of the interview/conversation, Roseanne pointed out some uncomfortable truths that don’t paint the left in a very favorable light.
Roseanne’s common-sense approach to issues such as the rise of anti-semitism, radical socialism, and SJW protest marchers is dangerous to the left in the same way that the renewal of her hit TV show was. She speaks “truth to power” in an accessible, sensible way that resonates with people in “flyover country.”
After discussing Jeremy Corbyn and anti-Semitism in Britain’s Labour Party, the topic turned to anti-Semitism in the United States. For example, Barr didn’t beat around the bush when she said, “It’s scary that we have Hamas in our Congress,” referring to the freshman trio of Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Rashida Tlaib, and Ilhan Omar, then explaining what Hamas supports.
“Hamas openly supports the murder of Jews for money. It’s so evil that it’s invisible. That’s the thing about anti-Semitism. It is so evil that it’s invisible. But it is racism. And so — they’re so inextricably bound, and that’s why they wanted to separate our two communities [black and Jewish communities], because we wouldn’t have each other’s back.”
Owens characterized the behavior we’re seeing from the progressive socialist left as “traces” of the anti-Semitism seen in Europe. Not true, says Roseanne; it’s much worse than that.
“No, it’s full-blown on the left here. I ran for president as a socialist in 2012, and i saw how full-blown it was at that time, and it was staggering. And I decided then, I can’t be a part of this stuff in any way. And I was full socialist my entire life.
“This is not your father’s socialism. Back then, when I was a kid, it was about the safety net. It wasn’t about hating Jews. It wasn’t about hating Israel. It wasn’t about imperialism.”
Barr and Owens also discussed protesters at “lefty” marches and the demographics and “white privilege” of the people who participate.
“I always say, they’re – well, I shouldn’t say, but…they’re always like really obese people in the Midwest telling about how Israel should be. It’s like, why don’t you go on a diet? Why don’t you go on a diet? Take some of your food and send that somewhere. You’re an obese, bitter woman and you’re white and you’re from Nebraska and you don’t know crap about people in Israel, so zip it.”
There are quite a few people who agree with Roseanne on these topics, or at least to some degree. She shows a willingness to discuss ideas calmly and rationally, whether or not she agrees with the questioner. That is a practice the progressive socialist left cannot allow in any way – because when people are not polarized and are willing to listen to each other, progressive socialism loses every time.