Roseanne Barr is defending an episode of 'Roseanne' that people are calling Islamophobic

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  • On Tuesday night’s episode of “Roseanne,” Roseanne thinks that her neighbours of Muslim descent are building a bomb.
  • The episode has multiple racially insensitive jokes that a Muslim American writer on Twitter called “dangerous.”
  • Roseanne Barr quickly came to the episode’s defence, saying that her show tells “real stories” about “real people.”

On Tuesday night’s episode of ABC’s controversial revival of “Roseanne,” the title character, played by comedian Roseanne Barr, thinks that her neighbours of Muslim descent are building a bomb. The episode has been called Islamaphobic, and Barr has already come to the show’s defence.

In the episode, called “Go Cubs,” Roseanne is spying on her Muslim neighbours because she is suspicious of them. “Did you see the crazy amount of fertiliser they got stacked up near their garage?” Roseanne asks. “That’s how they make bombs. What if this is a sleeper cell full of terrorists getting ready to blow up our neighbourhood?” Roseanne also refers to the country her Muslim neighbours are probably from as “Talibanjistan.” They’re from Yemen.

People on social media were quick to criticise the racially insensitive and outdated jokes throughout the episode, including Thought Progress editor Elham Khatami, who is a Muslim American. “This is tired,” Khatami wrote on Twitter. “Roseanne thinking her Muslim neighbours are terrorists isn’t funny. Not even for a second. Muslims deal with that bigotry on a daily basis. And it’s dangerous.”

On Tuesday night, Barr defended the episode on Twitter, saying that her show is about “real issues and real people”:

Later in the episode, Roseanne goes to her Muslim neighbour’s house to use their WiFi, only to find out that the family isn’t much different than her own. Their WiFi password is “Go Cubs.”

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