Roseanne Barr is returning to the comedy stage with her first special in nearly two decades, and nearly five years after she found herself cancelled over a tweet.
The seventy-year-old Barr’s comedy special, titled Roseanne Barr: Cancel This!, debuts on Fox Nation on February 13.
Clips from the special show Barr at her best, taking no prisoners and taking jabs at woke culture.
Her new special comes as she spoke out against the culture of show business in an interview with the Los Angeles Times, arguing she got cancelled and was pushed from the business while others were welcomed back into the fold.
Barr saw success in her early career doing stand up before starring in the hit sit-com, Roseanne. The show was rebooted in 2018, but after she fired off a tweet some called racist she was dropped from the series and show business altogether.
Roseanne Barr in 2018. She has a new stand-up comedy special coming out on February 13
In a clip from her new comedy special, Barr could be heard poking fun at preoccupations with pronouns, gender identity, and generational divides.
‘These people, they have no concept of reality. They’ve been living in a bubble forever. Asking questions have nothing to do with the real world,’ she said.
‘What is my gender, mom? What is my gender?’ she joked, ‘Your gender is, get a job. That’s your gender.’
Barr, clad in jeans and a denim shirt, paused for the crowd to cheer before continuing.
‘What are they thinking? Ask a – what is a woman? They don’t know that? That one they’re asking all the time. What is a woman? I’ll tell you what a woman is. A woman is me.’
‘That’s what a woman is, okay? A woman is someone who cleans up everybody else’s shit. That’s what a woman is,’ she said.
‘A woman is somebody whose boobs hang down to her knees with a prolapsed uterus from giving birth to five ungrateful little privileged bastards that have never had to work for anything in their whole damn life.’
‘My pronouns are, kiss my a**,’ she added.
Roseanne Barr standing on stage during her upcoming stand-up comedy special
Roseanne Barr during a live podcast in New York City in 2018. She was cancelled that year
Speaking to the Los Angeles Times, Barr spoke out against cancel culture and accused show business of having a double standard over cancellation.
‘They didn’t do it to anyone else in Hollywood, although they always [mention] Dave Chappelle and Louis C.K.,’ she said. ‘Well, Louis C.K. did lose everything, but he committed an actual [offense]. And Dave Chappelle was protected by Netflix.’
‘I’m the only person who’s lost everything, whose life’s work was stolen, stolen by people who I thought loved me. And there was silence. There was no one in Hollywood really defending me publicly.’
Barr’s career ground to a halt in May 2018 when she fired off a 2am tweet comparing White House advisor Valerie Jarrett, who is black, to a character from Planet of the Apes.
While being branded a racist, Barr defended herself and said she did not realize Jarrett was black, that she was on sleep medication when she sent the tweet, and blamed the public’s vitriolic reaction on her support for Donald Trump.
Roseanne Barr holding an award at the 48th Golden Apple Awards in California
Roseanne Barr in California during the 15th Annual People’s Choice Awards
She was fired from her show shortly after the tweet.
‘It was a witch-burning,’ she told the LA Times. ‘They denied me the right to apologize.’
‘Oh my God, they just hated me so badly. I had never known that they hated me like that. They hate me because I have talent, because I have an opinion. Even though Roseanne became their No. 1 show, they’d rather not have a No. 1 show.
‘When they killed my character off, that was a message to me – knowing that I’m mentally ill or have mental health issues – that they did want me to commit suicide.’
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