Roseanne Blames Ambien for Racist Tirade — Drug Manufacturer Hits Back With Hilarious Statement

| MAY 30, 2018 | 3:33 PM

Roseanne Barr tried to blame her prescription sleep medication for a racist Twitter tirade that resulted in the cancellation of her show, but drug manufacturer Sanofi is hitting back at the accusation.

In a since-deleted tweet, Barr tried to explain her inflammatory comments as “ambien tweeting.”


The drug Ambien, also known as Zolpidem, is a common prescription sleep aide known for its heavy sedative effects. Common side effects include hallucinations and memory loss, but manufacturer Sanofi clarified Wednesday that racism is not a known side effect.

“People of all races, religions and nationalities work at Sanofi every day to improve the lives of people around the world,” a tweet from Sanofi reads. “While all pharmaceutical treatments have side effects, racism is not a known side effect of any Sanofi medication.”

Roseanne was widely mocked for her Ambien claims on Twitter:

Eugene Gu, a resident physician at Vanderbilt University Medical Center, said Roseanne could have been tweeting in her sleep, but added “that racism had to come from somewhere deep within”:

Buzzfeed News' David Mack noted that even if one were to believe Roseanne's excuse, it doesn't explain years of offensive comments she's made in the past:

Roseanne's show was swiftly canceled on Tuesday following her Twitter outburst.