Comedian Roseanne Barr may live in Israel now but she has not gone away and is far from silent. She called the Women’s March “disgusting” and said that while she is a fighter for women’s rights, when it comes to the movement lead by Linda Sarsour, Tamika Mallory, and Carmen Perez, her only comment is “B*tch, shut up.” I may not agree with Barr on everything but I sure love it when she’s right.
Roseanne made her comments during a Q&A session following a panel she gave alongside longtime friend Rabbi Shmuley Boteach in Tel Aviv earlier this week. She’s not an anti-Semite as the left painted her. She’s also not a racist. If I had to describe Roseanne, it would be as flamboyant and eccentric. During that interview, she was very candid on how she felt about the Women’s March.
One audience member asked Barr what she thought of the Women’s March, to which the comedian answered: “It’s disgusting.” “All my life I’ve fought to have women’s voices in the media and every other place,” she said, “but here I’m like ‘B*tch, shut up.’” For her honesty, Roseanne received cheers and applause from an audience of about 500 Israelis and new immigrants.
Barr is of the opinion that the Women’s March did not defend human or women’s rights. “If you’re out there advocating for war and pain and division, it doesn’t seem real feminist to me,” she said.
For months now, there have been legitimate accusations of anti-Semitism towards the founders of the march. Mallory, one of those founders, has a close relationship with Louis Farrakhan, the leader of the Nation of Islam. He is a rabid anti-Semite and racist. Not to mention an actual hate-monger. Mallory has refused to condemn Farrakhan for his views such as calling Jews “termites.” She has also defended her tweet referring to him as GOAT — or greatest of all time — “because of what he’s done in black communities.”
Both Linda Sarsour, a Palestinian activist who has embraced the Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions (BDS) movement, and co-President Mallory have ties to Farrakhan. The controversy picked up after Mallory attended a Farrakhan speech last February. “White folks are going down. And Satan is going down. And Farrakhan, by God’s grace, has pulled the cover off of that Satanic Jew and I’m here to say your time is up, your world is through,” Farrakhan said in that sermon.
In an interview with PBS, Mallory was asked if Israel has the right to exist. She refused to answer that question which tells you everything you need to know right there.
“Last month, The New York Times published an article claiming that one of the original leaders had been pushed out of the movement because she was Jewish. Vanessa Wruble was told by Mallory and Perez that Jews needed to confront their own role in racism before taking on the rest of the movement’s aims.
“In Tel Aviv, Boteach said that the definition of anti-Semitism is when Jews are judged by an impossible standard.
“Not a double standard — we’ve lived with that our entire existence — but an impossible standard,” he said.
“Farrakhan called Jews termites. We know what we do with termites. You exterminate termites. He speaks of Jews in genocidal language. And yet, Roseanne Barr was taken off TV. And this woman is leading the Women’s March,” Boteach said.
“He continued by noting that the Nation of Islam leader hates gays “almost as much as he hates Jews” and believes that “women ought to be in the kitchen.”
“Yet [Mallory] still defends her relationship with him. Talk about impossible standards,” Boteach said.”
Women’s March leader Tamika Mallory also said that “white Jews, as white people, uphold white supremacy.” Barr nailed her for that one as well. “Well that’s a racist term because the cornerstone of white supremacy is anti-Semitism, Jew-hatred,” Barr said. “And then to blame Jews for it is actually very anti-Semitic.” Exactly right once again.