Roseanne Barr blames Ambien for ‘racist’ tweet – see the pharmaceutical company’s response

By: Meaghan Wray

Roseanne Barr has blamed Ambien for a recent tweet deemed racist by followers, critics, co-stars and Hollywood celebrities, but the pharmaceutical company behind the sleeping pill was quick to note in a statement that "racism is not a known side affect." The star's defence came on the heels of ABC cancelling the Roseanne reboot after its leading lady tweeted about former US president Barack Obama’s aide, Valerie Jarrett.

Sanofi US took to their official Twitter account with a poignant statement: “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.”

This was in response to the 65-year-old saying in a since-removed tweet, “guys I did something unforgiveable so do not defend me. It was 2 in the morning and I was ambien tweeting – it was memorial day too – I went 2 far & do not want it defended – it was egregious Indefensible. I made a mistake I wish I hadn’t but…don’t defend it please.” Clearly, the makers of Ambien are not willing to take the blame here.

All of the Twitter drama followed Wanda Sykes quitting Roseanne as a writer before ABC announced the cancellation of the Roseanne reboot, an update of the original series which first aired in 1988. Despite its popularity, the company couldn’t stand behind the message its star was sending. “Roseanne’s Twitter statement is abhorrent, repugnant and inconsistent with our values, and we have decided to cancel her show,” Channing Dungey, ABC Entertainment president, said in a statement.

Even her own castmates took a stand against the outspoken actress, with Sara Gilbert (who plays Darlene Conner in Roseanne) taking a moment on the social media platform to express her disdain. “Roseanne’s recent comments about Valerie Jarrett, and so much more, are abhorrent and do not reflect the beliefs of our cast and crew or anyone associated with our shows,” she tweeted. “I am disappointed in her actions to say the least.”Michael Fishman, who plays D.J. Conner, also chimed in, writing: "I feel devastated, not for the end of the Roseanne show, but for all those who poured their hearts and souls into our jobs, and the audience that welcomed us into their homes. Our cast, crew, writers, and production staff strived for inclusiveness, with numerous storylines designed to reflect inclusiveness. The words of one person do not exemplify the thinking of all involved."

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