Roseanne Barr Gives Brazen Interview, Calls #MeToo Accusers ‘Hoes’
Roseanne Barr takes to the airwaves again to criticize the #MeToo movement and she doesn’t hold back her disgust for sexual assault victims.
Roseanne Barr is doubling down on her current status as a Hollywood pariah, taking aim against the #MeToo movement in a new interview she gave on Sunday, March 3. The 66-year-old comedian—who was axed from the hit Roseanne reboot in May following a tweet deemed racist—sat down recently with conservative commentator Candace Owens.
Barr mocked sexual assault accusers and the #MeToo movement as a “witch hunt,” purporting that many of them were “pretending they didn’t go to trade sexual favors for money.”
“They were there in the room because they thought they were going to get a job 15 years ago. ’Cause they’re hoes,” Barr told Owens. “If you don’t run out the room…but you stayed around because you’re like, ‘I thought maybe he was going to give me a writing job,’ well, you ain’t nothing but a ho,” Barr said.
Barr first rose to prominence as a comedian in the 1980s, then parlayed her comedy into a hugely successful sitcom, Roseanne, from 1988 to 1997. It was revived last year to huge ratings, and has since spun off into The Conners, without her. The show fared well in ratings, too.
Activist Tarana Burke started the #MeToo movement in 2006; she started using the phrase to raise awareness of sexual abuse and assault. It rose into the public conscience in 2017 when dozens of allegations ranging from rape to sexual harassment came out against Hollywood producer Harvey Weinstein.
Barr Faults Christine Blasey Ford
Barr didn’t specifically attack Burke, but she did mention one notable #MeToo accuser, Christine Blasey Ford, who publicly accused U.S. judge (now Associate Justice of the Supreme Court) Brett Kavanaugh of sexual misconduct. Ford, 52, testified against him during his confirmation hearings to become a member of the Supreme Court. She accused him of groping her at a party and attempting to rape her when she was a teenager.
Barr claimed during the interview that “nothing happened” to Ford. “She should be in prison,” Barr said, adding that Ford used her “white woman privilege” to avoid time behind bars and to rake in $1 million from crowdfunding campaigns that supported her following her testimony.
“Women are encouraged to be conniving,” Barr said.
“Conniving little wimps,” Owens agreed.
Change in Barr’s Politics
These observations are all the more shocking, considering Barr had always been known to be quite liberal and supportive of women’s issues, particularly during her sitcom’s first peak in the 1990s. However, Barr famously returned to the small screen last year as a Trump supporter, signaling what some saw as a shift in her political and social leanings. Additionally, Barr and Owens compared the feminist movement to white supremacy.
Barr then lashed out against Sen. Kamala Harris, nicknaming her Kama Sutra Harris.
“We all know what she did…she slept her way to the bottom,” Barr said, referring to the senator’s former relationship with ex-San Francisco mayor and former Speaker of the California Assembly Willie Brown.