Roseanne Barr’s son just broke his silence over his mother’s firing from her ABC hit series for comments she made against former Obama assistant Valerie Jarrett.
Jake Pentland feels Barr is still not working because she has been essentially “blacklisted” over a single tweet.
Breitbart reported that Barr’s son is left wondering why his mother’s career was destroyed over a single tweet while Disney film director James Gunn was rehired after years of tweets celebrating pedophilia and others about child rape, AIDS, the Holocaust, and Mexicans. The man has one question: “Why has my mother not been forgiven?”
Barr’s son, Jake Pentland, posted a passionate video in defense of his mother. Pentland raises a series of serious points about how Hollywood treated Barr over her 2018 tweet about former Barack Obama advisor Valerie Jarrett.
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Roseanne Barr’s son stepped forward this week and delivered an epic rant about what his mother has been through over the last year after her tweet about former Obama adviser Valerie Jarrett.
“I’ve watched her apologize time and time again and I guess I just got sick of her apologizing, and felt like somebody should say a few things about it other than her,” said Jake Pentland, Roseanne’s oldest son. “And that’s why I’m here. So, I don’t want to get into the tweet. It doesn’t matter to me. The point is, she made a mistake, and she apologized, and she should be forgiven, and she hasn’t been up until this point. It’s been a year. She’s still not working, still has not been hired back.”
On May 29, 2018, Roseanne had tweeted: “Muslim Brotherhood & planet of the apes had a baby=vj,” referring to Jarrett.
That same day, ABC, which is owned by Disney, canceled her show and she lost her agent, her reputation, and all prospects of ever having a career again on American television.
Looking back, it’s almost unbelievable what happened, how it happened, and how fast it happened.
CNN reported at the time that even industry observers were surprised that the “Roseanne” reboot, which had just debuted two months before to great ratings, had been canceled so swiftly.
“I just want to know why,” said Pentland in his rant. “I want to know…to people who are actively pushing and turning the screws on my mother — because I know some of you are watching, ‘cause I know some of you. You know, Michael Fishman I knew for 30 years of my life, and Sara [Gilbert], I knew all that cast. I knew them. I’ve had lunch with them. I’ve looked them in the eyes. We’ve been friends. And they took this opportunity to really dig my mother’s face in the dirt and I want to know why. I really want to know why.”
Michael Fishman played DJ, Roseanne’s young son on the original show that ran from 1988 to 1997, and a young man on the reboot, married and with a child of his own.
Sara Gilbert played Darlene, the tomboy daughter on the original show. She went on to work as a co-host on the CBS daytime show “The Talk” and was the one who originally contacted Barr about bringing the show back, with the old cast.
“I want to know why, if you’re so disgusted and disturbed by my horrible, racist mother, why are you continuing to make money off her?” asked Pentland. “If her legacy is so tarnished with racism, how can you justify going to work every day, Sara, and making money off the Conners? That’s her family. You’re playing her daughter, a horrible racist.”
Gilbert publicly admonished Barr, her TV mother, tweeting that Barr’s tweet about Jarrett was “abhorrent” and saying it doesn’t “reflect the beliefs” of the cast or crew or anyone tied to the show.
Roseanne’s recent comments about Valerie Jarrett, and so much more, are abhorrent and do not reflect the beliefs of our cast and crew or anyone associated with our show. I am disappointed in her actions to say the least.
— sara gilbert (@THEsaragilbert) May 29, 2018
“She destroyed the show and my life with that tweet,” Barr said in March. “She will never get enough until she consumes my liver with a fine Chianti.”
Gilbert’s tweet had the effect of immediately isolating Barr from the show she created in the 1980s, a show that was based on Roseanne’s real life with her first husband, a postal worker, and their three children: Jake, Jennifer and Jessica.
In October of 2018, five months after “Roseanne” was canceled, ABC debuted a new show called “The Conners,” which included all of the same characters except Roseanne, who had been killed off by the writers (the character died of an accidental opioid overdose).
Pentland challenged Gilbert in particular, saying if she had any “scruples or morals” she would walk away from “The Conners.”
“Maybe you don’t really think it was racist,” he said. “Because it wasn’t. Maybe you have a shred of logic and sanity in your head where you’re like, ‘Ok, it wasn’t that bad. And that’s how we’re going to continue to do the show.’ But you know you can’t say that, because then you can’t justify the fact that you fired my mother. So you’re caught in a pickle.”
Gilbert had presumably cooperated in “firing” Barr in a sense because she was an executive producer of the show, along with Barr. But it wasn’t technically a firing.
ABC had presented Roseanne with a deal, said Pentland. If she signed an agreement to walk away from the show and give up her rights to the show, they’d give her an opportunity to go on other shows on their network and apologize and explain the tweet.
But she never got that chance, and was relegated to using her YouTube channel to explain herself. She was never invited on “The View” or any other ABC show. The interview she did with Sean Hannity was one of her only appearances on a major cable channel or network following the Jarrett tweet. It aired on Fox News in July of 2018.