31/05/2018 16:09 SAST | Updated 31/05/2018 16:09 SAST

Roseanne Gets Brutal Wakeup Call From Tweeters Re Her Ambien Defence

“Does Ambien unlock latent racism?”

Users on Twitter mocked comedian Roseanne Barr after she appeared to blame a combination of the sleep medication Ambien and Memorial Day, the U.S. holiday honouring military personnel killed in the line of duty, for the racist tweet that prompted network ABC to cancel her show.

Barr wrote:

She later added:

Earlier on Tuesday, Barr tweeted and then deleted: "Muslim brotherhood & planet of the apes had a baby=vj," with the initials referring to Valerie Jarrett, a former aide to president Barack Obama.

ABC promptly cancelled the reboot of "Roseanne", the show's reruns were pulled from Hulu, and she was dropped by her talent agency.

Barr's post-cancellation tweets caused Ambien to trend on Twitter overnight, with many people who've taken the drug sharing their own experiences:

Perhaps the best of the bunch, though, was a tweet from the company that makes Ambien: