Roseanne Barr has been criticized for saying “nobody died in the Holocaust” and that it “should have happened” years after she was dropped over racist tweets, with her son defending her saying she was being “sarcastic”.
The controversial comic, 70, made the remarks in a recent podcast with Theo Vaughan, saying “six million Jews should die right now because they’re causing all the world’s problems”.
She has been scrutinized over comments made regarding Holocaust deniers vs. election fraud deniers.
But various people — along with her son Jake Pentland and Fon herself — have doubled down and admitted she’s just being sarcastic, not anti-Semitic.
Barr, who was smoking a cigarette, mentioned on the podcast, “Comics, we are the last form of free speech. And while we’re performing, it’s not as dangerous as it could be.
Controversial comic Roseanne Barr, 70, made remarks in her latest podcast with Theo Fon, saying “six million Jews should die right now because they’re causing all the problems on earth”.
Fon poses with Bar after taping a collective podcast
Then the Jewish comic began about electoral fraud: “36 provinces can give you 81 million votes. This is the reality.
Fon seemed shocked and asked, “So it wasn’t tampered with?”
To which she replied with a straight face, “Of course not. There are 81 million inhabitants in 36 provinces. See? That is the truth. And don’t you dare say anything or you’ll be out of YouTube, Facebook, Twitter.
Von said, “It’s scary,” before Barr repeated, “And it’s true.”
And no one died in the holocaust. This is the reality. It should happen. Six million Jews should be dead by now because they are causing all the problems on earth, but no way they did!
Comedian Theo Vaughn, who was on Roseanne’s podcast, has doubled down and admitted that her anti-Semitism was just sarcasm and satire.
“It never happened!” she repeated.
She then went on to talk about how Jews “control Hollywood.”
Some people have suggested that it must have been dry humor, as he contrasted his Holocaust denial with his denial that the 2020 election was stolen. Both points are feedback that shouldn’t be said online if not canceled, it’s insinuated.
But despite this, her critics had called these sentiments anti-Semitic, reprehensible and irresponsible.
Jonathan Greenblatt, executive director of the Anti-Defamation League, said: “Sarcasm or not, Roseanne Barr’s comments about Jews and the Holocaust are reprehensible and irresponsible. It’s not funny.
“And shame on Theo Vaughn for letting this go unchallenged and instead delving into conspiracy theories about Jews and Hollywood.”
Another person commented online: “Roseanne Barr is sick. Holocaust denial and the killing of 6 million people is a testament to how broken and disgusting people are. There are no words.’
A third added: “Damn her for saying that and just being who she is, b**k Theo Fon for not stopping her immediately, b**k everyone who supports her. This is unacceptable and wrong. on every damn level.”
Another person who appeared to be a Vaughn fan added: “Roseanne is just going further down the rabbit hole so I can’t say I’m disappointed because I wasn’t expecting this racist sack of shit but I think at least that Theo Von would be better than this dog.
Jake Pentland, Roseanne’s son, hit back, telling TMZ: “We’re embarrassed that people are stupid enough not to recognize that Roseanne is being sarcastic. We find it funny that people are so stupid.
“Let’s stop this clickbait, we need to focus on the big issues in America. Focusing on out of context clips is what idiots do.
Theo Von, whose podcast Barr was on, wrote on Twitter: “This Roseanne Barr clip was sarcasm. Excerpt from a long sarcastic diatribe she had during our conversation.
Can’t we recognize sarcasm anymore?
Here’s a full Roseanne Barr clip that clearly uses sarcasm and satire. She is human and one of the funniest people I have ever met.
After watching the entire clip in context, some people online said they could tell it was meant as a joke, but it was still an unnecessary and ridiculous joke.
One person said: “Whenever you see a clip of someone looking like a monster, stop for a second and take a deep breath. Then look for the full context.
Most people are not monsters. The joke wasn’t funny imo (in my opinion) but of course a JOKE. Theo is the real one sticking his neck out while the crowd is out for blood.
Another adds: “Yes, it’s important to show a radical statement in its full context. The crowd clearly speaks with the driest sarcasm.
Some people have suggested that it was really dry humor when she compared Holocaust denial to denying that the 2020 election was stolen. Both issues are comments that shouldn’t be said online unless they are undone, it is insinuated
In 2018, Rosen faced heavy criticism after she targeted President Obama’s White House adviser Valerie Jarrett, who is black, in a tweet. The comic compared him to a monkey
“But it also proved her to be a stupid, barely comprehensible moron. Her ‘joke’ as it is (and in context) is still deadly nasty.”
However, others still believe that despite the supposed jokes, the script was not in order.
Journalist Ed Krasenstein mentioned: “To all the people who defend Roseanne Barr’s statement: ‘No one died in the Holocaust. It should happen. Six million Jews MUST die now because they are causing all the world’s problems. I don’t care if it was a joke.
“I don’t care if it was sarcasm. I don’t care if Roseanne is Jewish.
“I don’t care if Roseanne was God. Joking about Jewish people dying in the holocaust and sarcastically saying that Jews must die is NOT OKAY.
“It never is and never will be. TIME PERIOD.
“If you think so, then you need to reevaluate your sense of humor and respect for humanity.”
Another person mentioned: “Mule-headed Theo Fons just sits there and giggles while his guest Roseanne Barr says that no Jews died in the holocaust but we should exterminate 6 million Jews today. . . .”
In 2018, Rosen faced heavy criticism after she targeted President Obama’s White House adviser Valerie Jarrett, who is black, in a tweet. The comedian contrasts him with a monkey.