Following the cancellation of the “Roseanne” reboot, the star of the hit sitcom has claimed she was “Ambien tweeting” when she sent out a racist, since-deleted tweet about former Obama adviser Valerie Jarrett. In a tweetstorm on Wednesday morning, Roseanne Barr blamed the sleep drug for her controversial comments—and the maker of Ambien has since tweeted a shade-filled response.
“People of all races, religions and nationalities work at Sanofi every day to improve the lives of people around the world,” Sanofi, the pharmaceutical company that makes the insomnia drug, wrote Wednesday. “While all pharmaceutical treatments have side effects, racism is not a known side effect of any Sanofi medication.”
People of all races, religions and nationalities work at Sanofi every day to improve the lives of people around the world. While all pharmaceutical treatments have side effects, racism is not a known side effect of any Sanofi medication.
— Sanofi US (@SanofiUS) May 30, 2018
On Tuesday, Barr had tweeted about Jarrett, “muslim brotherhood & planet of the apes had a baby=vj.” Within hours of her tweet being sent, ABC called her comment “abhorrent, repugnant and inconsistent with our values” and announced that it was canceling the show.
According to USA Today, the actual side effects of Ambien include nausea, vomiting, sleepwalking, abnormal thinking, disorientation, hallucinations and blackouts.
See how social media reacted to Sanofi’s statement below:
Social Media Reacts to Ambien Maker’s Response to Roseanne Barr
Roseanne excuse was that she tweeting while on Ambien. The makers of Ambien, “Racism is not a known side effect”.
— Stephen Mangan (@StephenMangan) May 30, 2018
Roseanne blamed her racist tweet on the drug Ambien then the company wrote her back saying racism is not a known side effect IM SCREAMINGGGGGG
— (@BritSpears9848) May 30, 2018
— Lauren Duca (@laurenduca) May 30, 2018
— Jason Solomon (@solomonster) May 30, 2018
The maker of Ambien with the corporate clapback at Roseanne. Apparently the side effect of talking about Sanofi products is shade. https://t.co/NWOoTk2hAj
— W. Kamau Bell (@wkamaubell) May 30, 2018
In other words, Ambien doesn't make you racist; being a racist makes you racist https://t.co/Pk1ysfLa5E
— Deadpool #Resists L (@DeadpoolResists) May 30, 2018
Ouch. Even the Ambien manufacturer out here dragging Roseanne.
When your drug of choice turns on you, you gotta be near the bottom. https://t.co/UDJWLpIXx7
— Rob Bennett (@rob_bennett) May 30, 2018
Cancelled by ABC and owned by Ambien. Tough week for Roseanne Barr.
— Mark R. Yzaguirre (@markyzaguirre) May 30, 2018
The makers of Ambien are not pulling punches and I am here for it https://t.co/bvZJl3B3Jg
— Surena Marie (@SurenaXMarie) May 30, 2018
Does your company make anything to treat burns? Because that was a good one. https://t.co/AW62c5bgqE
— Josh Neff (@joshuamneff) May 30, 2018
— รƭα૮เε (@TheChickLivesOn) May 30, 2018
What are your thoughts on Sanofi’s response to Roseanne Barr? How did you feel about her tweet that led to the cancellation of “Roseanne”? Sound off in the comments section below!
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