Monday, June 17, 2024

Roseanne Doubles Down on the Crazy, Forgets She Accused Mother of Sex Abuse, Posts More Pro Trump Tweets


I feel bad for Roseanne Barr. Her Twitter feed reads like she’s having a nervous breakdown. She’s spending time with her parents– whom she forgets she accused of sexual abuse in People magazine in the 1990s. She’s posting more pro Trump nonsense, insisting her “Planet of the Apes” reference was about anti-Semitism, and making no sense in general.

If you’re not old enough to remember, Roseanne– in the middle of her first run on TV– made wild and awful accusations about her parents, Helen and Tom Barr. In People magazine.

Today, she’s making picture frames “with my beautiful and precious mom.”


This is what she told People:

My mother abused me from the time I was an infant until I was 6 or 7 years old. She did lots of lurid things. She hurt me psychologically and physically.

I remember being 2 years old and standing in my crib. I remember my mother holding a pillow over my face, pushing me down. I remember thinking, ‘Lie still, play dead.’ I did, and then Mother took the pillow away and said, “I must have hurt you honey. I was just playing.”

As soon I was able to start talking, my mother went from physical abuse to a more emotional and mental abuse. I remember when I was about 5 or 6 that I came home from school and my mother was lying on the kitchen floor with blood covering her neck and chest. I screamed and screamed for two or three minutes. Then she sat up and said, “It’s ketchup, you idiot,” and laughed. She always played horrendous mind games with me all through my life.

My father molested me until I left home at age 17. He constantly put his hands all over me. He forced me to sit on his lap, to cuddle with him, to play with his penis in the bathtub. He did grotesque and disgusting things: He used to chase me with his excrement and try to put it on my head. He’d lie on the floor playing with himself. It was the most disgusting thing you can ever imagine.

The beat goes on. “Roseanne” or its reinvention is an unlikely add to a network schedule unless the executives have really lost it.

Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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