Roseanne Barr is at it again.
The comedian, who in the last month has blamed both Michelle Obama and former co-star Sara Gilbert for getting her fired from her hit sitcom reboot last May, marked Easter with a pair of bizarre, disjointed, NSFW video rants on her YouTube channel.
Barr actually posted 10 videos Sunday – many of them about farming on her property in Hawaii – but in the two clips that are getting attention, she talks about who can and can’t use homophobic slurs and when it becomes hate speech.
In the first clip, she argues that the slur in question is a “hateful word,” especially “when it’s one gay calling another gay guy that.”
But if no one is supposed to use that word, she asks, why are gays using it themselves? And if they’re going to use it, why can’t she?
“Oh, I just can’t say the word!” she said, answering her own question. “Well, I can while I’m in the house but I can’t say it outside the house.”
Addressing the gay community, Barr says, “OK, I get your rules. But it is a hateful word and you should get rid of it.”
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Roseanne Barr has made a number of bizarre statements since being fired by ABC last May. (Photo: Julie Jacobson/AP)
Barr then appears to conflate the terms queer and misfit.
“I put the ‘Q’ in LBGTQ because I am queer as two (expletives),” she says. “I’m queer, I’m alien, I don’t belong here with all these people. They make no sense. They are very queer. And that makes me a queer, I guess. But I did put the ‘Q’ in it!”
The second video, titled “Malcolm X,” appears to be a justification for her own use of the slur.
After arguing that “they” – presumably the political correctness police – are “ruling us all by the use of words,” she proposes, “we’ve got to transform” that particular word and what it means.
“I want to talk about that word that shames gay kids,” Barr says. “I really want to turn that word around. Who’s using it and why?”
From there, she takes a sharp turn into her preparations for the end of the world (“Armageddon’s headin’ in”) – quoting Malcolm X about the need to feed our own communities. (“I’m going to talk about Malcolm X even though they say I’m a racist,” she adds.)
Before signing off, Barr calls herself “the Jewish Crazy Horse” and says, “I’m documenting the end of my tribe.”
USA TODAY has reached out to Barr’s reps to see if they have any comment on the videos.
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