Sanofi, the pharmaceutical company behind Ambien has responded to Roseanne Barr's claim that she was "ambien tweeting" when she made "egregious" comments about a top Obama aide.
The drugs firm told the American comedian, who sparked controversy after calling the former senior advisor to the president a product of the Muslim Brotherhood and Planet of the Apes, that "racism is not a known side effect".
On Wednesday, May 30, Sanofi tweeted out: "People of all races, religions and nationalities work at Sanofi every day to improve the lives of people around the world."
"While all pharmaceutical treatments have side effects, racism is not a known side effect of any Sanofi medication," it writes – in what is believed to be a response to the now-deleted tweet by Barr.
People of all races, religions and nationalities work at Sanofi every day to improve the lives of people around the world. While all pharmaceutical treatments have side effects, racism is not a known side effect of any Sanofi medication.— Sanofi US (@SanofiUS) May 30, 2018
Many of her co-stars on Roseanne immediately condemned the comments and ABC cancelled the show just as quick, despite it having been a huge hit when it was revived earlier this year.
Thousands of people online are celebrating her demise, and subsequent 'shade' thrown by Sanofi, as a massive success, as the actress has been known for making controversial statements in the past.
Cancelled by ABC and owned by Ambien. Tough week for Roseanne Barr. https://t.co/el2FqHgayI— Mark R. Yzaguirre (@markyzaguirre) May 30, 2018
"Cancelled by ABC and owned by Ambien. Tough week for Roseanne Barr," writes Mark R. Yzaguirre, a lawyer from Texas.
Responding to the controversy on Twitter, Barr said: "Guys I did something unforgiveable so do not defend me."
She used her free speech to call black people apes; other people use their free speech to refuse to be associated with her. Seems fair.— Cat Resists (@CatSittingstill) May 30, 2018
"It was 2am 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. ty."
She later said: "I think Joe Rogan is right about ambien. 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."
ABC has reportedly said this current season of Roseanne will be its last.