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Sandro Rosell
FC Barcelona President
Monday, July 24, 2017

Comedienne Roseanne Barr, seen here – no surprise – with her mouth open, no doubt uttering thoughts of deep profundity.Outspoken comedienne Roseanne Barr – who is currently ‘running for President’ on the Peace and Freedom ticket with anti-war activist Cindy Sheehan as her vice-presidential running mate – has once again courted controversy by issuing a comment about “Jewish mind control.”

This past week, Barr sent out a message on her Twitter account stating “jewish (sic) mind control is the hardest to break out of.” While she is herself a member of the tribe, Barr has previously made comments that – though generally perceived as anti-Semitic – tend to get overlooked by many observers since they are disguised as part of her comedic repertoire.

Last year, while speaking about her children with cable TV talk show host Chelsea Handler, Barr said, “My kids are half-Jew. I couldn’t wait to like breed with non-Jewish people.” In even more outrageous public expressions, the entertainer posed in 2009 for photos in the Jewish humor magazine Heeb wearing a Hitler-style mustache and bearing – fresh from the oven – a tray of cookies shaped as people. She later said the cookies were supposed to represent innocent Palestinians being overrun by oppressive Israelis in Gaza.

Barr’s latest tweet about Jewish mind control brought a number of swift and angry tweets in response. @rumpfshaker said, “What anti-Semitic nonsense. You are pathetic,” while @PolitiCajun called Barr, “crazy and an anti-semite.” Countering the last one, Barr tweeted, “I’m a Jew, so refrain from calling me an anti-semite.” A Twitter member named Daniel Wein got in the last word, stating, “Being Jewish is not a defense against claims of anti-Semitism.”

Barr achieved fame first as a stand-up comedian on such late-night talk shows as “The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson,” and then with her hit ABC-TV series “Roseanne,” which ran for nine years in prime time. The essence of her comedic persona was her willingness to speak bluntly – in a whining style – about everyday personal problems. More recently, Barr had a reality series – the aptly titled “Roseanne’s Nuts” – which chronicled her experiences managing a nut farm in Hawaii.