Last week, Roseanne Barr went on Theo Von’s podcast. Never one to shy away from politics these days, the comedian started talking about the 2020 election at one point during the interview.
“Like for the real truth that, you know, and I’m glad that they did set up all these guidelines so that we only are allowed to speak the truth,” Barr said.
She then added, “And that is the truth. And nobody died in the Holocaust, either. That’s the truth. It should happen. Six million Jews should die right now ’cause they cause all the problems in the world. But it never happened. But it never happened — mandated.”
Unsurprisingly, it didn’t take long for Barr – who is Jewish – to be labeled a Holocaust denier on the internet shortly after the podcast debuted.
“Put simply, Roseanne Barr’s open and grotesque Holocaust denial is Nazism in its purest form, and a singular embodiment of the alarming rise of Jew-hatred in America that goes far beyond trafficking in conspiracy theories. Further, Mr. Von’s defense of Ms. Barr’s hatefully ignorant comments as being satirical is equally offensive,” Ronald Lauder, president of the World Jewish Congress said in a statement.
Von was quick to rush to her defense, and did so by sharing the entire clip for context, tweeting out “Here is the full clip of Roseanne Barr obviously using sarcasm and satire. She is a mensch and one of the funniest people i’ve ever met.”
Here is the full clip of Roseanne Barr obviously using sarcasm and satire. She is a mensch and one of the funniest people i've ever met. pic.twitter.com/p0K6pWEqr8
— Theo Von (@TheoVon) June 27, 2023
Barr’s son, Jake Pentland, has spoken out about the incident, saying “We are embarrassed that people are stupid enough not to recognize Roseanne is being sarcastic.”
This is, of course, only the latest bit of trouble Barr has found herself in. Most notably, she was fired from the reboot of Roseanne after making a tweet about Valerie Jarrett back in 2018.