During a middle-of-the-night Twitter spree in which she tried to account for comparing an African-American former White House official to an ape, newly-fired ABC star Roseanne Barr at one point claimed she’d been under the influence of the sleep medication Ambien when she made the regretful remark.
“guys I did something unforgiveable [sic]so do not defend me. It was 2 in the morning and I was ambien tweeting-it was memorial day too-i went 2 far & do not want it defended-it was egregious Indefensible,” Barr tweeted early Wednesday morning. “I made a mistake I wish I hadn’t but…don’t defend it please.”
Though her post is gone from Twitter, it hasn’t been forgotten by the site’s denizens — many of whom found hilarity in the claim that a sleeping pill could somehow make one a racist.
“I have only taken Ambien once,” CNN’s John Berman tweeted, “but I don’t remember one of the side-effects being racism.”
I have only taken Ambien once…but I don't remember one of the side-effects being racism.
— John Berman (@JohnBerman) May 30, 2018
Other still took the opportunity to make jokes tying the drug to the Ku Klux Klan and the white supremacist rally in Charlottesville, Virginia last summer.
guys i went and rewatched the ambien commercial and whoa pic.twitter.com/4AZ69Mdanf
— Shoshana Weissmann, Sloth Committee Chair (@senatorshoshana) May 30, 2018
WE! JUST! TOOK! AMBIEN! pic.twitter.com/esu3IMj8gu
— Jason O. Gilbert (@gilbertjasono) May 30, 2018
BREAKING- Dozens of Ambien pills are planning a march in Charlottesville.
Check out the best responses below:
Between Roseanne’s Ambien and Rose McGowan’s marijuana-related “what if you replaced ‘women’ with the n-word” tweet, somebody’s got to study the pharmacology of drug-induced racism in white women! https://t.co/2IskphR89S
— inorganic african feminist (@ztsamudzi) May 30, 2018
Now I am sure the makers of Ambien are not happy with @therealroseanne ! Girl just stop and go to a retreat somewhere for awhile. You messed up and your clean up is so bad. Stay off the phone, twitter and don’t listen to other racist folks supporting your mess.
— AprilDRyan (@AprilDRyan) May 30, 2018
I was on Ambien when I created mankind.
— God (@TheTweetOfGod) May 30, 2018
Who among us hasn’t taken Ambien, sleepwalked down to the fridge, and posted dozens of racist tweets over several years
— Jess Dweck (@TheDweck) May 30, 2018
"Empire State of Mind" wouldn't have included the lyrics "The city never sleeps, better slip you an Ambien" if Ambien makes you racist.
— Sonia Weiser (@weischoice) May 30, 2018
Guys, don't take Ambien. Side effects include a retroactive decade of open bigotry that everyone can remember.
— 🏳️🌈Jenny Trout🔮 (@Jenny_Trout) May 30, 2018
Ask your doctor if blaming Ambien for your racism is right for you.
— Top Conservative Cat (@TeaPartyCat) May 30, 2018
I did a quick literature search on Ambien-induced racism pic.twitter.com/BCqSPd5v5f
— David Juurlink (@DavidJuurlink) May 30, 2018
The name Ambien is thought to come from the word "ambient" or similar words in French. Ambient does not mean "prone to making racist comments," but it does mean "of the surrounding area or environment." https://t.co/UpYY5eKzIo https://t.co/XsPn8FthV5
— Dictionary.com (@Dictionarycom) May 30, 2018
That Ambien can be racist as fuck
— Diane Coffee (@DianeCoffee1) May 30, 2018
Side effects include nausea, vomiting, shortness of breath, racist thoughts and actions, cough… https://t.co/4bwMRsBQ3D
— Christopher Hansen (@ChrisHansenNFL) May 30, 2018
When you are awake at 4:30 in the morning for no GD reason and you check Twitter to find that (on the day you need her most) your good pal Ambien is being dragged through the mud pic.twitter.com/Uw7OB4ZYy1
— Anna Kendrick (@AnnaKendrick47) May 30, 2018