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Twitter users are using the social media platform to let Roseanne Barr know what they really think of her tweet. (Image via Los Angeles Times)

The Best 13 Twitter Clapbacks to Roseanne Barr’s Tweet

Ambien. May cause dry mouth, nausea or uncontrollable compulsion to tweet racist drivel. Consult your doctor today

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Roseanne Barr's tweet

Ambien. May cause dry mouth, nausea or uncontrollable compulsion to tweet racist drivel. Consult your doctor today

“Roseanne” originally aired from 1988 to 1997, and ABC canceled the revival after the lead actress, Roseanne Barr, made a racist comment on Twitter attacking Valerie Jarret, a member of the Obama administration.

Although Barr deleted the original tweet, the post said, “Muslim brotherhood & planet of the apes had a baby=vj.” Barr later blamed Ambien, a drug commonly used to aid sleeping problems, as the cause of her comments.

The Twitter world erupted with thoughts about the situation, and users tweeted a variety of hashtags including #Roseanne, #RoseanneBarr, #RoseanneBarred and #RoseanneCancelled. Here are some of the best Twitter responses to Roseanne Barr’s tweet.


This pharmaceutical company is one of the producers of the sleeping aid, Ambien. After Barr blamed her statements on having Ambien in her system, Sanofi made it very clear racism is not a side effect of any of their products. chimed in on the Twitter backlash by providing a lesson to everyone about the similarity of the words “Ambien” and “ambient.” The moral of the story is that ambient means “of the surrounding area of the environment.” It does not mean “prone to making racist comments.”

Marshall Ramsey

This editorial cartoonist used his artistic skills to combine the recent events of the “Roseanne” cancelation and the Starbucks diversity training. After her diversity training, Barr can start her new career as a barista.


With a simple tweet and GIF, this entertainment network shut out Roseanne. Bye Roseanne.

David Ruff

While Ambien may have a variety of side effects, this list does not include racist tweets. According to this Twitter user, if you find yourself with this side effect, it’s probably best to consult a doctor.

Matthew Ambien Cherry

Even Prince Harry and Meghan Markle are ecstatic to hear about the removal of the sitcom, and now the couple can truly live happily ever after.

Jimmy Marguiles

This artist also compared the recent pull of “Roseanne” to the closing of Starbucks for racial bias training. With a piece of tape over her mouth, both Barr and the popular coffee company are shown to be shut down for a similar reason.

Fat Kid Deals

Since Barr will be away from the TV screens, this Twitter account suggests she pick up a new hobby. Their suggestion? Crocheting. Their tweet also includes a link to a crochet set for only $11.49.

President Donald Trump

It wouldn’t be Twitter without some input from Donald Trump. The president put a spin on the controversy, placing himself in the spotlight. He is still waiting for his apology call from Bob Iger, the CEO of Disney, about comments made about him on ABC.

Shonda Rhimes

The writer and producer of “Grey’s Anatomy,” “Private Practice,” “Scandal” and “How to Get Away with Murder” is famous for addressing prominent social issues on her shows. A previous user of Ambien herself, Rhimes never experienced racism as a side effect of the medication.

Kalen Allen

This food connoisseur and creator of Kalen Reacts tweeted directly at Starbucks inquiring about an open spot in their diversity training for Barr. It was worth a shot.

Charlie Sheen

The actor delivered a social media sendoff to “Roseanne,” followed by the proposal of a reboot of the show “Two and a Half Men.”

Modern Trailhead

Ambien decided to update their formula after Barr claimed to experience racism as a side effect. Be sure to ask your doctor about the new non-racist formula.

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