Why does Roseanne Barr love being a “f—ing troll”?

What is it about Barrs in America in 2019?

I hesitate to give Roseanne any additional press at this point, because as she openly admits in this profile from Geoff Edgers in The Washington Post, “I’m a troll. I’m the queen of the f‑‑‑ing trolls.”

The profile’s headline, equally incredulous: Roseanne Barr just can’t shut up.

But if you want to get inside her head, read on. My former colleague, the fabulous photographer Melina Mara, also followed Roseanne to Israel and I’m pretty much sharing this story as much to share Mara’s work, as much as to let you all in on what’s up with Roseanne.

You can skip ahead to the end.

It could be a cheery ending, the comic reconnecting with her fans. Except this is Roseanne Barr — and as soon as she returns to Los Angeles, she’s in the news again. Her Twitter remains off-limits. Daughters Jenny, 42, and Jessica Pentland, 44, each have part of the password so Barr can’t bully one of them into turning it over.

So, Barr finds other outlets.

In a self-made YouTube video posted Feb. 16, Barr calls Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.) a “Farrakhan-loving . . . bug-eyed bitch.” On a podcast hosted by Fox News commentator Candace Owens in early March, she calls the creators of the #MeToo movement “hos” and attacks Supreme Court Justice Brett M. Kavanaugh accuser Christine Blasey Ford.

On a Saturday night, just after the Owens podcast makes headlines, Barr is askedif there’s a part of her that ever considers quieting down, just for a few months, like everybody keeps telling her to. Wouldn’t that help? Wouldn’t that make things easier?

“I can’t,” she says in a text message. “Do I look like the kind of woman who obeys?”

Sean L. McCarthy

Editor and publisher since 2007, when he was named New York's Funniest Reporter. Former newspaper reporter at the New York Daily News, Boston Herald and smaller dailies and community papers across America. Loves comedy so much he founded this site.

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