Taking a page, perhaps, from Jamie Foxx and T-Pain, Roseanne Barr blamed it on the a-a-a-a-Ambien.
On Tuesday, the controversial TV star tweeted, regarding the Obama aide Valerie Jarrett, an African American woman, that “muslim brotherhood & planet of the apes had a baby=vj.” (The tweet was soon deleted.)
When her show was canceled as a result, Barr attributed the remark to the sedative sleep drug Ambien.
“Guys I did something unforgiveable so do not defend me. It was 2 in the morning and I was ambien tweeting—it was memorial day too—i went 2 far & do not want it defended—it was egregious Indefensible. I made a mistake I wish I hadn’t but...don’t defend it please,” she wrote later on Twitter. She added, “Not giving excuses for what I did (tweeted) but I’ve done weird stuff while on ambien—cracked eggs on the wall at 2am etc.”
Could the sleep medication have prompted Barr to tweet racist sentiments? “It seems unlikely that Ambien is the full culprit here,” said Els van der Helm, the founder of the sleep consultancy Shleep, via email. “Although it can make you act more impulsive/disinhibited.”
People on Ambien have been known to sleep-walk or even sleep-eat. (“We’ve had people eat buttered cigarettes,” Mark Mahowald, of the Minnesota Regional Sleep Disorders Center, told News.com.au. “We’ve had people make salt sandwiches.”) There’s an entire sub-Reddit devoted to Ambien and the wacky texts and emails people sometimes write while on it. One guy even claims to have unconsciously built a cabinet in the middle of the night. Rarely, van der Helm says, people might experience mood changes or aggression.