Valerie Jarrett Calls Roseanne Barr's Racist Tweet a 'Teaching Moment'

Valerie Jarrett
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Valerie Jarrett speaks during the SkyBridge Alternatives conference in Las Vegas on May 15, 2014. 

After a racist morning tweet penned by Roseanne Barr targeted at Valerie Jarrett led to the cancellation of the Roseanne revival at ABC, Jarrett has responded to the insult, calling it a "teaching moment."

On Tuesday, the former senior adviser to the president during the Obama administration, who appeared on MSNBC's town hall "Everyday Racism in America," told the gathered audience of Barr's tweet, "This should be a teaching moment."

"I’m fine," she added. "I’m worried about all the people out there who don’t have a circle of friends and followers coming to their defense." The town hall will air later on Tuesday. 

Earlier in the day, Barr sparked a firestorm online when she tweeted, "Muslim brotherhood & planet of the apes had a baby=vj." Roseanne star Wanda Sykes wrote that she was leaving the show, ABC canceled the show and Barr's talent agency, ICM, dropped her as a client. ABC also scrapped the show's "For Your Consideration" Emmy campaign in the wake of the tweet.

Before her show was canceled on Tuesday, Barr tweeted an apology, writing on Twitter, "I apologize to Valerie Jarrett and to all Americans. I am truly sorry for making a bad joke about her politics and her looks. I should have known better. Forgive me-my joke was in bad taste." Barr also wrote, as she has done before, that she was leaving Twitter.

MSNBC's full town hall, moderated by Chris Hayes and Joy Reid, will air on Tuesday at 9 pm ET. 

The article originally appeared in The Hollywood Reporter


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