Roseanne Barr insists she isn't a racist, 'gains insight' by listening to Kanye West

Roseanne Barr has insisted she isn't racist.

The 65-year-old actress - who recently came under fire for making a racist remark on social media about former White House adviser Valerie Jarrett - has taken time to "reflect" and "gain insight" by listening to the music of Kanye West and watching a documentary on racial equality activist Malcolm X and doesn't feel the allegations against her are fair.

She wrote on Twitter: "1) I want u all2 know I'm fine. I've been using this time2 reflect &2 gain insight on what I said & how it was misunderstood...

"Needless2 say I'm NOT what people have accused me of! I've never practiced "RACISM" in my entire life & never will. Meantime...

"2) I've been watching this new doc called "Malcolm X: An overwhelming Influence on th Black Power Movement." Directed by my dear friend Thomas Muhammad (my campaign manager in 2012)who called me immediately when my show was canceled.

"If you have any questions for me, direct them to Mr. Muhammad please. Be sure to watch his brilliant movie!

"Thomas Muhammad has agreed to speak for me, as he knows the work I have done in civil rights against racism ALL MY LIFE & understands my tweet was about Iran's regime, not race.

"MUCH LOVE 2 U all-thanks for helping and praying for me! It worked! Listen to @kanyewest new album about mental illness, it's the greatest thing ever (sic)"

The star - whose show Roseanne was axed in the wake of her comments - also claimed she has found "relief" by going back to nature and promised to speak out in detail "soon".

Roseanne's original tweet saw her liken Valerie, a former aide of Barack Obama, to an ape and accused her of supporting the Muslim Brotherhood political party, and she insisted there was a reason behind her remarks.

She posted: "Rod Serling wrote Planet of The Apes. It was about anti-semitism. That is what my tweet referred to-the anti semitism of the Iran deal. Low IQ ppl can think whatever they want.(sic)"

And Roseanne - who blamed her original outburst on sleep medication Ambien - claimed her health had been affected by the "stress" of the scandal.

She wrote: "I have developed a bit of palsy in my head and hands due to the stress I have lived thru-I sleep alot now-without ambien too, thank G0D!! goodnight-we are winning! don't give up! PEACE is coming."

Her show was cancelled by ABC following her comments directed at a former advisor to Barack Obama. Source: Breakfast



Watch the chilling moment a car is stolen with three-year-old inside, and terrified mother gives chase

CCTV footage has captured the moment a teenage boy stole a car from a US petrol station with a three-year-old inside.

A mother had pulled up at a petrol station in Cobb County, Georgia, and was filling up her vehicle when the incident occurred, Yahoo7 reports.

Camera footage shows a car pulling up next to the women's vehicle before a man gets out, jumps into the driver's seat of the woman's car, and flees the scene with the child still inside.

The car was later abandoned and the child was left unharmed.

A 17-year-old teenage boy was arrested and charged with kidnapping, second-degree hijacking a motor vehicle, and felony theft by receiving following the incident.


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Watch: 'We stuck together' – Ocean's 8 stars talk about hit new heist film at European premiere

The all-female Ocean's 8 reboot has come out a clear winner at the box office this week after opening to an estimated $US41.5 million in its opening week figures in North America.

At the film's European premiere, actress Sandra Bullock, who plays group leader Debbie Ocean, said the group were determined to stick together.

"We stuck together, like, if we fail, we fail together, and if we succeed, we succeed together," Bullock said.

"Isn't it bizarre we feel surprised by the fact that a film with women that does well - people want to go see them? Good acting is good acting; a fun film is a fun film," actress Cate Blanchett, who plays partner in crime Lou, said.

The film exceeded weekend box office expectations with a franchise-best, topping 2001's Ocean's Eleven, 2004's Ocean's Twelve and 2007's Ocean's 13.

The strong audience turnout, including an increase in female moviegoers, is expected to see an increase in diversity in Hollywood.

Its success follows 2016's all-female outing, Ghostbusters, which topped the box office at $46 million following its opening weekend.

The female-led reboot stole the box-office crown from Solo: A Star Wars Story at the US box office over the weekend. Source: Associated Press