- The Washington Times - Monday, July 30, 2018

Oscar-winning actress and comedian Monique Hicks, better known as Mo’Nique, argued Friday that people shouldn’t be so willing to dispose of Roseanne Barr because of a “mistake” she made on social media.

Roseanne Barr is my sister in comedy and she is my universal sister and what I won’t do, Sam, is throw her away for making a mistake,” Mo’Nique told KTLA’s Sam Rubin. “We’ve all said and done things, baby, that we wish we could take back and swallow.”

Mo’Nique fondly recalled hosting Ms. Barr on her former BET late-night talk show. She said many people turned down opportunities to appear on the show for it apparently being “too black,” but Ms. Barr accepted the invitation, no questions asked.

“There was a white woman named Roseanne Barr that showed up for me,” Mo’Nique said. “That woman, when we called, it wasn’t a question. And she came and she sat on that sofa, and they didn’t hear the conversation when the cameras wasn’t rolling, and that woman was giving me some beautiful words.

“She said, ‘Mo’Nique, I’m going to tell you right now baby, they’re going to consider you difficult. They’re going to call you the B-word, because you’re a woman who won’t lay down and take that foolishness,’” she continued.

“Yes, my sister made a mistake and she said something that I know she wishes she could take back,” she added. “But what I would ask is we don’t throw her away.”

Ms. Barr was widely condemned in May after she compared former Barack Obama aide Valerie Jarrett, who is black, to a “Planet of the Apes” character on Twitter. She issued an apology and called it a “bad joke,” but ABC canceled her wildly popular “Roseanne” reboot after just one season. Weeks later, the network announced a spinoff series based on the fictional Conner family, “The Conners,” which would not include Ms. Barr.

Ms. Barr’s reaction to the fallout has waffled between remorse and defiance. She apologized again last week on Sean Hannity’s Fox News show, but shortly after told her critics to “f—k off.” She has also repeatedly claimed that she didn’t know Ms. Jarrett was black. In a now-viral rant teasing her new YouTube show, she repeatedly screamed, “I thought the bitch was white!”

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