Roseanne Barr Blames Ambien for Her Prejudiced Tweet
“Think before you click,” is a common and well-accepted phrase for most internet users these days. We have all seen how not thinking of what happens when you post something can have disastrous effects for whoever posted it.
There have been multiple incidents of bashing, misunderstandings, and online chaos due to posting remarks carelessly. That’s why most adults remind us to follow the golden rule of being careful on to what you post on social media. However, we all know as well that there are exceptions to the rule, and for this rule, it seems one of the few exceptions is Roseanne Barr.
Roseanne Barr said she had taken Ambien when she wrote derogatory remarks on Twitter (she called this “Ambien Tweeting”). The comment compared a former Obama administration official to an ape, a comment that led ABC to cancel her television show.
But on Wednesday the makers of Ambien, the famous sleeping pill, made a public announcement that defended their product. They said that people of all races, religions, and nationalities work at Sanofi in harmony and unity every day to improve the lives of people around the world.
The company implements a healthy workspace where everyone is equal and treated with dignity and respect. While the Sanofi U.S. claimed on Twitter that all drugs, even the prescribed and medical ones, usually have side effects, racism is certainly not a side effect of any Sanofi medications.
On Tuesday, the show was canceled after Ms. Barr the star and co-creator, posted the said tweet. While Ms. Barr later apologized for her rude behavior, the President of ABC Entertainment, Channing Dungey, stated he had more things to say regarding the said incident.
Barr explained herself, saying that she was under the influence of Ambien when she posted the said tweet. It was also 2 in the morning and it was also the Memorial Day. Too. She admitted that she went too far and her comment was egregious and indefensible. She admitted she had made a mistake she wished she didn’t, and she also said to her fans not to defend her actions.
The Culprit of the Tweet?
Ambien is a treatment used for insomnia that has a wide range of possible side effects. According to Dr. Eric Olson, there are some people who use Ambien, as well as similar medications who do things while asleep that they don’t remember — such as driving, or preparing and eating food.
Ms. Barr is actually not the first celebrity to blame the substance abuse for her behavior, and it has featured in court cases so much that some lawyers have called it the “Ambien defense.” In 2012 the generic form of Ambien, Zolpidem, featured in a trial in which a daughter of Robert F. Kennedy, and former wife of Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo, Kerry Kennedy, was accused of driving under the influence of the drug.
He also said that it produced amnesia. Because of this, and the fact that Ms. Kennedy said she took it by accident, she was found not guilty. Doctors who specialize in sleep medicine say that they see patients who describe having no memory of eating, driving.
Dr. W. Christopher Winter, who is part of Charlottesville Neurology and Sleep Medicine said that he had had patients who claimed they went to bed in one place and woke up in another, eaten foods in the middle of the night only to wake up to leftovers, or driven to a fast-food restaurant and tried to order. He thinks the question with Roseanne is that she is trying to claim she does not discriminate people. However, he further adds that the pills reveal the innermost thoughts of a person, even if they are trying to suppress it. Those are the kinds of thoughts that are expressed when under the influence of Ambien.
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