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Roseanne Barr Won't Pitch Another TV Show: 'They Hate Me Because I Have Ideas'

After Norm Macdonald defended Roseanne Barr during a back and forth with fans, his former boss is thanking him and explaining why she's no longer pitching TV shows.

Macdonald said some comedians were unfairly labelled "crazy" and "difficult" and singled out Roseanne Barr as a perfect example of woman who had to deal with sexism while starring on 'Roseanne'.

He called Roseanne "a true feminist in a world of false ones" and "a genius who is being wasted."

"Norm, I'm so very touched by your words. I was a working class woman comic in the classist racist sexist lions' den of imbeciles. It was the level of jokes that I hated mostly stolen from comics or seen on other TV shows for ages no creativity no thought," Barr writes in an open letter to the Macdonald.

"That was the worst blow of all the sexist blows I took they had to denigrate me as they took my money because pimp mentality. Pimpin' ain't easy, I guess. Hard to freshen rehashed stereotypes for viewers... their jokes were not funny. They were cheap, rehashed classist and sexist and racist bullsh-t."

"I came back, but the network people had changed they were all female (because of me) and all of them hated feminism. It was amazing to see. The most amazing part is that they continue to erase my work and accomplishments, yet call themselves 'feminists.' It's hilarious!"

"They hate me because I have ideas. They still help themselves to them freely, too. They have turned down 10 pitches from me then after turning down ALL pitches from me, two years later, my rejected ideas show up on new shows. I won't pitch anymore."

"Norm, I'll come back when/if I get my own network, or something I wrote gets looked at if I wrote it no network will read it," Barr underscores. "There's so much dirt, lies, blacklisting, and filth that I was lucky to live."

"People I mentored denigrate me daily from their mansions. The people that were able to take advantage of the social doors I personally kicked down have shown themselves to be vacuous misogynists. For a while, I wanted revenge/acknowledgement, but now, I'm happy to be free of the mental abuse that women creators still face."

May 14, 2014 |

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