(Washington, DC) – Thanksgiving is a time for family, a time for food, a time for coming together, a time for generosity, and a time for bedlam at department stores. Apparently, it’s also a time for celebrities to eat crow instead of turkey.
“Comedian” Roseanne Barr tweeted a selfie yesterday showing her bruised and battered face. While the selfie’s “brutality” was caused by a cosmetic treatment, she decided to have some “fun” with her appearance and blame Bill Cosby for the beating.
“Got in a tussle w bill cosby. U shoyld see that mfer.” she happily misspelled and posted online. The backlash was immediate and intense – and raised the ire of the Justice Department (DOJ).
“Making false claims about any crime is a serious offense,” said a DOJ spokesman, speaking on condition of anonymity. “And, given the current climate, making ‘fun’ of issues involving Bill Cosby – and, by extension, rape – or Michael Brown – and, by extension, racism – is even more serious.
“Ms. Barr will be prosecuted to the full extent of the law. However, given her ‘celebrity’ status, it’s unlikely she’ll have to pay any fine, do any community service, or receive any other penalty. If average, ordinary, everyday Americans would simply ignore her, she’d go away.”
Barr is no stranger to controversy and inappropriate behavior. On July 25, 1990, Barr screeched The Star-Spangled Banner before a baseball game between the Cincinnati Reds and San Diego Padres. Following the insulting serenade, she mimicked the behavior of baseball players by spitting and grabbing her crotch. Then, like now, the backlash was severe – but perhaps not as severe, as neither the Internet as we know it nor Twitter existed in 1990.
As for the current backlash, there are no fewer than 100,000 followers on Twitter for #BeatRoseanne this morning. Others have commented on Facebook that they wish to pay Barr back in the old-fashioned way, suggesting items such as tire irons, baseball bats, metal pipes, and cans of film from her television show, Roseanne, for use on her face.