Real Time host Bill Maher is weighing in on this week’s controversy with Roseanne Barr and her subsequent firing after posting racially-charged tweets.
According to Bill Maher, Roseanne Barr has multiple personalities… “and unfortunately one of them is a racist!”
There’s no way you’ve missed this story, but I’ll do a quick recap of it just in case. Barr had been posting some offensive messages on her Twitter account, which are racially insensitive at best. Controversy was quick to follow, and ABC decided to cancel Roseanne, despite the huge ratings the series had been pulling in.
Fast forward to last night on HBO. Real Time host Bill Maher dove into the story during his opening monologue. While saying Barr “will always be a friend” of his, Maher proceeded to send some verbal jabs at his fellow comedy star. Comparing her tweets to the president of the United States, Maher says they can be described as “abhorrent, bordering on presidential.”
Maher then highlighted the tweet Barr made about Obama aide Valerie Jarrett, saying she’s the product of the Muslim Brotherhood and The Planet of the Apes. For his part, Maher doesn’t seem to get the joke. “I have no f–king clue what you wing nuts in your bubble are talking about,” he laments. You can watch the monologue in full below.
Of course, Maher also addresses Donald Trump throwing a tantrum about Samantha Bee insulting Ivanka on her show Full Frontal. Maher reminds his viewers that he personally was sued by Trump in 2013 by suggesting he’s actually an orangutan. But there are some key differences between Maher saying Trump is an orangutan and Barr’s tweet about Jarrett. That includes already being fired by ABC!
New episodes of Real Time with Bill Maher air Fridays at 10 PM on HBO. Where do you stand on this Roseanne Barr controversy? Tell us about it in the comments below.