Roseanne Barr Tells the Truth All Up in this Bitch,
Promises to Slap Pelosi’s Face

Written by Elaine Santore. Posted in Arts/Entertainment, Politics

Published on October 15, 2008 with 3 Comments

Superheroes Cindy Sheehan and comedian/actress Roseanne Barr
joined forces yesterday at the Brava Theater to discuss media reform
of corporate dominated media.
Photos by Luke Thomas

By Elaine Santore

October 15, 2008

Comedian Roseanne Barr sent Speaker Nancy Pelosi a strongly worded message last night: If the two of them cross paths, be ready to fight!

“Sometimes me and [Pelosi] end up in the same circles,” Barr said. “I will walk right up to Nancy Pelosi and slap her right across the face, as I will everybody else in this damn government.”

The always-outspoken Barr made the comments during a panel event sponsored by the campaign to elect Cindy Sheehan to Congress, to discuss media reform and issues surrounding corporate propoganda.

Proud Sheehanista: Roseanne Barr

“Yeah, that’s going to be our next robocall,” an amused Cindy Sheehan responded.

Sheehan and Barr were joined by KPFA journalists Dennis Bernstein, Miguel Molina, Steve Zeltzer, Nora Barrows-Friedman, and Project Censored Director Peter Phillips.

Barr spoke about her background in the feminist movement dating back to when she worked in a feminist bookstore and collective in Denver, Colo. The collective published a lesbian feminist news journal called “Big Mama Rag.”

“We discussed bombing a strip club there and liberating the naked woman mannequin that stood on top of it,” Barr said during a 10-minute opening speech.

The collective lost their nonprofit status because of their politics, leading to the Supreme Court case – Big Mama Rag, Inc. vs. US.

Barr also talked about her struggles with the media while doing press for her long-running network sitcom, “Roseanne.”

“I thought that I would be interviewed as an artist and a creative force when my show was discussed in and by the media,” Barr said. “Instead, every single time – and without exception – when I was interviewed in the press, I was diminished and insulted, and only articles about my weight were published – as if my fat was a sexual fetish of some political sort.”

Barr said the media’s focus on her weight detracted from her original message of depicting working-class life in America.

“I would be talking about class in America and they would write about how the ‘fat sassy Barr munched a couple of brownies’ during our interview, and is ‘quite passionate and feels the lower classes are disrespected on television,'” Barr said.

Barr talked about her infamous performance of the national anthem in 1990, describing the “Star Spangled Banner” as a song “none but a few opera-trained beings can even fucking sing.” She said the incident cost her numerous business opportunities as well as threats to cancel her show.

Since “Roseanne” went off the air in 1997, Barr started a website, which publishes stories from grassroots candidates like Sheehan and Green Party presidential candidate Cynthia McKinney. Barr said she posts these stories because corporate-owned media outlets refuse to publish them.

“The fact that somebody who has integrity and decency and moral backbone is even alive in this country at this time, is just fucking so awesome and overwhelming,” Barr said of Sheehan.

“I hope that a whole bunch of Cindy Sheehan people will start running for office,” Barr added. “People who can’t be bought and people who can’t be broken. People who believe in liberty.”

Peace Mom Cindy Sheehan

Dennis Bernstein, Cindy Sheehan, Miguel Molina, labor journalist
Steve Zeltzer, Project Censored Director Peter Phillips, Flashpoints’
Nora Barrows-Friedman, and Roseanne Barr.

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Elaine Santore

Elaine Santore was born in San Francisco during the awesome '80s. She spent a considerable amount of her childhood around City employees, all of whom taught her the value of pretending to be productive. After graduating from Saint Ignatius College Preparatory, she transferred schools three times but eventually received a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Nebraska - Lincoln in Psychology, with a double minor in Political Science and Textiles, Clothing and Design. This unique area of expertise makes her qualified to critique the sartorial missteps and psychological problems of local politicians. Elaine's work has also appeared in 7x7, California Home + Design, Filipinas, the Daily Nebraskan, SF Bay Guardian, and

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Promises to Slap Pelosi’s Face
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  1. March 20th, 2003: The day after the war in Iraq was launched; thousands and thousands of Nancy Pelosi’s constituents were in San Francisco’s streets protesting the illegal invasion. That same day on the floor of Congress, Nancy Pelosi condemned the demonstrators, and voted for a resolution declaring “unequivocal support and appreciation of the president … for his firm leadership and decisive action.”
    Nancy Pelosi:
    • Pushed for the Bail-out of Wall Street! Voted for the war, and has consistently voted for funding the war with no occupation withdrawal timetable, Voted for every Bush administration Pentagon budget request since 2001,
    • Refused to deliver and ignored promises made to American Voters in the 2006 mid-term elections to end the war.
    • Pushed the 1999 Gramm-Leach-Bliley Act that repealed Glass-Steagall and allowed commercial and investment banks and insurance companies to combine; it opened the door for the worst financial abuses now apparent. Pelosi also owns ½ million dollars in AIG stock, a company she is pushing to be bailed out.
    • Supported the 2001 No Child Left Behind Act with President Bush.
    • Voted for the 2001 USA Patriot Act.
    • Pelosi was briefed by top officials and knew secretly about torture in 2002, and did nothing.
    • Pushed the 2006 Homeland Security Department Authorization Act: destroying Posse Comitatus, removing constitutionally sacred provisions of preventing the military’s direct involvement in domestic law enforcement.
    • Passed the 2008 FISA Amendments Act – to weaken standards of proof and warrants required for surveillance and grant telecom companies retroactive immunity for warrantless spying post-9/11.
    • Pelosi voted against withdrawing from the WTO, and has praised NAFTA.
    • Voted and backed similar “free trade” agreements with Australia, Peru, Chile, and Singapore.
    • As House Speaker, she declared that efforts to impeach George Bush are “off the table.”
    • Voted for offshore oil drilling, San Franciscans do not support this at all.
    Let’s put a real candidate on the ballot who will truly represent San Francisco.
    Let’s send Nancy Pelosi home, and put a real representative in the House!
    Cindy Sheehan
    for the 8th District U.S. Congress

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  3. Sweet mother of Mohammed! I seen da light!

    I sho’ nuff bad mouthed Cindy, but no mo’. Roseanne done said she da one that gonna save us!

    Praise da Lawd! Call down fire and brimstone on Nancy! If I could but touch the hem of Cindy’s tie dyed shirt, I know I would be made whole!