Seriously, whatever happened to Roseanne? She had a great show (that admittedly ended on one of the most depressing notes ever,) she did She-Devil with Meryl Streep, and then she put on her crazy pants and tied her belt up tight. But she’s been pretty pro-gay, so good for her, right?
Except it turns out that while Roseanne supports the gays, she went on Twitter today and said some pretty screamingly transphobic things. Basically, Roseanne thinks that transgender women are sexual predators and doesn’t want them in women’s bathrooms. Yes, seriously. The condensed version from Queerty, because trying to cull her diatribe off her actual Twitter account is impossible. Seriously, people: you don’t have to retweet everything people say about you on Twitter.
When one of her Twitter followers mentioned that Green Party presidential candidate Jill Stein “is also in favour of letting men into spaces where little girls get changed.”—a reference to Stein’s support for trans rights—Barr tweeted back, “if she has a penis she is not allowed in.”
When a Twitter user accused Barr of transphobia, she tweeted back, “Women do not want your penises forced in their faces or in our private bathrooms. Respect that FACT.”
Angry tweets came fast and furious, with many trans folks and their allies expressing dismay that someone like Barr was taking such a stance.
One replied: “@TheRealRoseanne, I’m extremely disgusted in your transphobic behaviour. I HAD a lot of respect for you. You are no ally.”
More recently, Barr tweeted: “I remember when the LGBT community stopped supporting NAMBLA” and claimed “I was instrumental in forcing lgbts to dis include man boy love as part of their program.”
For a woman who claims to be an ally, does anyone else feel like Roseanne seems to have a hard time separating LGBT people from sexual predators? Seriously, I’m pretty sure she just said we’d still be supporting pedophiles if it weren’t for her. Stay classy, Roseanne.