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Roseanne Barr, who offered a plethora of reasons why she was fired from her hit rebooted sitcom following a racist tweet last year, told The Jerusalem Post that "antisemitism" at ABC and her support for Israel helped do her in. 

In an interview published Friday in the Jerusalem-based English-language newspaper ahead of her visit to address Israel's parliament, Barr expanded on one of the multiple theories she's offered to explain why she was kicked off her revived show, "Roseanne," last summer.

"I feel that what happened to me, a large part of it is antisemitism," Barr told the Post in a phone interview on Thursday from her home in Hawaii. "I think it played a part – the fact that I was never allowed to explain what I meant – and what I meant was a commentary on Iran – so they purposely mischaracterized what I said and wouldn't let me explain."

She said ABC acted in haste and did something "unprecedented that they've never done to any other artist" because she is "the most vocal person about Israel and (against) BDS," the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions movement to pressure Israel over its treatment of Palestinians.

Barr has blamed antisemitism before for her firing in a confusing series of tweets she sent out in June 2018, in which she claimed that "Planet of the Apes" was about antisemitism, even though most film historians say the 1968 sci-fi film is a metaphor for racism. 

In fact, Barr was dumped because of a tweet in May 2018 that was widely viewed as racist, certainly by ABC, because it compared ex-Obama administration advisor Valerie Jarrett to an ape. "Muslim Brotherhood & Planet of the Apes had a baby=vj," her tweet said. 

The network reacted within hours, saying the tweet was "abhorrent, repugnant and inconsistent with our values, and we have decided to cancel her show." Now the rebooted show has been rebooted again, without Barr, and it's called "The Conners."  

Barr apologized abjectly and repeatedly but kept tweeting, trying to explain what she meant. She claimed it was the Ambien talking, that she didn't know that Jarrett is black, and that she didn't understand the racist implications of her tweet. The reference to Muslim Brotherhood was confusing because Jarrett isn't a Muslim.

Now it seems she's focusing on antisemitism.   

"What I said was mischaracterized purposely and repeatedly, so they didn't even know what I meant, but they wanted to shape it and they did – they said it was something racial, when it was actually something political," she told The Post. "And I have never in my life done anything racist, and I think my career proves that. And they did it so quickly – to fire and label and slander my name. I think it had a lot to do with identifying with Israel."

Barr is going to Israel with her friend and mentor, Rabbi Shmuley Boteach, and is to speak at the Knesset on January 31. She is to hold other public events around the country, too. Barr said she will be discussing her firing in her Knesset speech, as well as her ties to Israel, her experiences with antisemitism in America, and her opposition to BDS.

She told The Post she has returned to Judaism over the past year, studies regularly with Boteach and is considering moving to Israel in the future. 

A rep for Barr did not return a message from USA TODAY. 

 

This article originally appeared on USA TODAY: Roseanne Barr tells 'Jerusalem Post' she blames 'antisemitism' at ABC for her firing

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