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Roseanne Barr makes baffling claim that coronavirus is a conspiracy to get rid of boomers

Emma Powys Maurice April 7, 2020
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Roseanne Barr has a conspiracy theory for everything it seems, including the coronavirus (Vera Anderson/WireImage/Getty)

Roseanne Barr has made the baffling claim that the coronavirus is actually a conspiracy designed “to get rid of all my generation.”

The 67-year-old former TV star, who came out as a “queer alien” last year, decided to weigh in on the public health crisis for the Norm MacDonald Live YouTube show.

Barr has long championed bizarre far-right conspiracy theories, and as you might expect, her latest one is no different.

“You know what it is, Norm? I think they’re just trying to get rid of all my generation,” she said, without making clear who ‘they’ are.

“The boomer ladies that, you know, that inherited their, you know, are widows. They inherited the money, so they got to go wherever the money is and figure out a way to get it from people.”

MacDonald, 60, appeared to agree with her, replying: “There’s so many boomers that have money and do no work. So if you got them out of society, that would be a good thriller.”

Barr phoned in from her bolthole in Hawaii, where she believes there’s just “one case on the island” – despite current reports stating there are nearly 400 cases there and five deaths.

The controversial star is famous for playing the much-loved working mother in the sitcom Roseanne, but sadly her real-life persona is much less lovable.

She’s become known for peddling unverified conspiracy theories online, including the claim that Bill and Hillary Clinton’s daughter Chelsea is married to the nephew of billionaire philanthropist George Soros.

Her trolling came to a head in 2018 when she compared Barack Obama’s top adviser Valerie Jarrett to a child of the “Muslim brotherhood” and “planet of the apes” – a slur so extreme even Fox News called it racist.

She claimed her tweet was meant as a political statement and not a racial one, but ABC promptly cancelled the reboot of her show, calling Barr’s words “abhorrent, repugnant and inconsistent with our values.”

 

 

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