“It was my own ignorance, and there’s no excuse for that ignorance,” she added. “But I didn’t mean it the way they’re saying I meant it. And that’s really weird too because if I don’t speak for myself, who will speak for me.”
The former Roseanne star then became distraught, explaining she has diversity within her own family and that she wouldn’t have and didn’t call any black person a monkey, in spite of her tweet having implied just that of Jarrett.
“I have black children in my family. I can’t, I can’t let ‘em say these things about that, after thirty years of my putting my family and my health and my livelihood at risk to stand up for people. I’m a lot of things, a loud mouth and all that stuff. But I’m not stupid, for God’s sake. I never would have wittingly called any black person, [I would never had said] they are a monkey. I just wouldn’t do that. I didn’t do that.”