Tiffany Haddish Claims Roseanne Barr Has ‘Been Racist’ — ‘It’s Not New’
Tiffany Haddish claimed Wednesday that Roseanne Barr has “been racist” and “it’s not new.”
The comment came during an interview with the 38-year-old actress in The Hollywood Reporter published Wednesday. The “Girls Trip” star talked about when she used to visit her friend in the California town of El Segundo and said if “you’re black” driving through “you’re going to get pulled over.”
“I used to visit my friend Anna there, and it got to a point where I was calling the police officers by name,” the actress explained. “One day, we were walking around the neighborhood, and Anna says, ‘Oh, Roseanne [Barr] lives there.’ Now, I loved Roseanne, and the next day we walked by, and she was in her yard. I say, ‘Hiiii, Roseanne.’ She looks at me (makes a disgusted face), and ran in the house.”
“I thought, ‘Maybe she don’t want to be bothered today,'” she added. “A week later, we walk by again, and I told Anna–she’s Hispanic, but she looks white–she should say hi this time. So she says, ‘Hi, Roseanne,’ and Roseanne goes, ‘Hey!’ I thought, ‘Maybe she got to know us.'”
“Then I go back, like, a week later, I wave again and say, ‘Hi, Roseanne! I love your comedy,’ and she (makes the same disgusted face) and turns her head,” Haddish continued. “I think, ‘Fuck that bitch.’ That was 2000, maybe 2001, so it’s not new. She been racist, why’d you all give her a TV show?”
The 65-year-old actress has apologized for the racist tweet that got her show cancelled and has since vowed to “make restitution for the pain she caused.”
I’m making restitution for the pain I have caused.
— Roseanne Barr (@therealroseanne) June 5, 2018
Statement by Channing Dungey, president, ABC Entertainment:
[Issued on May 29, 2018]
Roseanne’s Twitter statement is abhorrent, repugnant and inconsistent with our values, and we have decided to cancel her show.
— ABC Publicity (@ABC_Publicity) May 29, 2018