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Comedian and sitcom star Roseanne Barr has been a lightning rod for controversy for her entire career, but never more so than since she has shown her support for former President Donald Trump.
She has been taken off her own show, canceled, and attacked online for her political stance, but that has not resulted in her backing off.
In a new post shared on X, formerly Twitter, which appeared to be part of an interview that she posted, she issued a challenge to the ABC Daytime show “The View” to hire her as she tore into one of the show’s hosts, fellow actress and comedian Whoopi Goldberg.
“People are so F***ing stupid I can’t take it no more,” she said. “And then I look at Whoopi Goldberg, she’s getting paid to do this, having this old age nervous breakdown.
“She’s getting paid to lie!” she said. “Now you gotta have scriptwriters to lie. I can do this all day ‘cause it’s true. I can do ‘The View’ and be all fine and off the top of my head,” she said before saying ‘F*** you Hollywood.”
“The View” has been no stranger to controversy and this month the hosts clashed over whether the United States is a racist nation.
WARNING: STRONG LANGUAGE.
— Roseanne Barr (@therealroseanne) February 7, 2024
Sunny Hostin, who is black, went back and forth with former Trump administration official Alyssa Farah Griffin, who is of Arab descent, over the question after the former claimed that a “significant portion” of the country demonstrates racist tendencies, Fox News reported.
The co-hosts of the show discussed GOP presidential candidate Nikki Haley’s recent appearance on Charlamagne Tha God’s “The Breakfast Club” program. During her interview, Haley asserted that division in the country began during the Obama administration and expressed her belief that America is not a racist nation, although she acknowledged the existence of racism within the United States.
Farah Griffin expressed her belief that the vast majority of Americans are not racist but acknowledged the presence of racism within the United States.
“Well, we don’t know that,” co-host Joy Behar disagreed, while Hostin argued that FBI Director Christopher Wray has claimed that white supremacy was “the biggest threat to our country today.”
“That still doesn’t mean that’s the vast majority of people. I just don’t believe in my day-to-day life that the people you’re encountering harbor racist viewpoints,” Farah Griffin continued.
Hostin then claimed, “If you looked like me, you would believe differently.”
Griffin posed the question to her co-hosts, inquiring whether they believed that the majority of Americans were racist. She then added, “Help me understand.”
“I think that there is a significant portion that are racist and you can’t dismiss my lived experience,” Hostin responded, as the audience applauded.
Griffin quickly said, “I never would.”
“When I say there are a lot of racists in this country, I just experienced my son walking down the beach being called the n-word several times in Florida,” Hostin continued. “So you can’t say, ‘I believe that the vast majority of people aren’t racist,’ we don’t know that.”
Griffin concurred with the sentiment and reiterated that she would never minimize Hostin’s experiences. Co-host Sara Haines redirected the conversation towards Haley, expressing her view that the GOP presidential candidate was engaging in typical political behavior, including pandering, double-talk, and flip-flopping.
“And anyone that believes there’s some iconic D.C. politician that doesn’t play the same game every time an election rolls around, they’re being intellectually dishonest,” Haines added. “Republicans right now are dealing with a fractured party. They are walking a line that really has them against the wall in some ways. She’s doing what she has to do, and I’m right now currently of the anyone but Trump presidency club.”