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Roseanne Barr launched her new YouTube career by screaming an explanation for her Valerie Jarrett tweet

In the following days, Barr tweeted a few more details.

Barr’s YouTube channel has been around for a while, although it has been inactive for months. After these tweets, she revived her with a flurry of videos, including a late Thursday that got some attention. The one-minute video seems behind the scenes, while Barr does a sound check into a microphone and sighs, exasperated, while a man outside the camera tries to explain the concept behind a video that Barr is supposedly about to shoot.

Barr is told to imagine himself as the president, caught in a scandal. “Imagine in his statement, to keep and save his work, there were jump cuts, multiple outfits -“

“I’m trying to talk about Iran, I’m trying to talk about Valerie Jarrett, the agreement with Iran!” Barr screams. The tweet that led to his dismissal referred to Jarrett, saying that if “the Muslim brotherhood and the planet of the apes had a baby”, it would have been ex-adviser Barack Obama, who is black. Referring to blacks as apes or monkeys is a long-standing and well-known racist trio.

In the video, Barr continues to shout, before looking directly into the camera.

“I thought” Jarrett “was white,” Barr yells, using a vulgar word for a woman instead of Jarrett’s name. Repeats the scream, along with some other obscenities, and then the video ends with Barr making a long shot on the lit cigarette in his hand. One of the men outside the camera laughs.

On Friday afternoon, Barr released a second one-minute video about the controversy, in which she claims she believes she was fired from ABC because she voted for Donald Trump, “and that’s not allowed in Hollywood.”

A handful of his other videos in the past two days seem to document the cooking stages of the same batch of French toast. A video is devoted to the grinding of cinnamon sticks, another discusses which pan is browning best. Yet another, entitled “Tips from the Domestic Goddess”, shows Barr holding his dress around his hips while demonstrating a technique for women who would like to urinate on their feet.

Whatever Barr’s plan is, the move to YouTube is more or less in line with the way the Internet Conspiracy works. Although YouTube has gradually begun to crack down on misinformation, it is still considered a central platform for conspiracy-promoting personalities – like Alex Jones and his network of collaborators – to build an audience.

Barr herself has long been part of that community, primarily as an amplifier. He has a history of sharing anti-Muslim memes and promoting conspiracy theories such as Pizzagate on his verified account, long before his TV shows were re-launched. Some of these tweets even directed his followers to watch YouTube videos about those conspiracies, drawn by the circles of people who spend a lot of time online promoting them. For this fringe, she was unique: a true celebrity who believed in what they believed.

When “Roseanne” returned and was a success, Barr promised to reject the policy on his personal presence on social media – a promise that didn’t last long and ended up leading to the cancellation of his show. Now that he has lost the platform of a network show, it makes sense that he would return to YouTube.

[this post has been updated]

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