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Roseanne Barr Once Butchered The National Anthem. Kaepernick Kneeled During It. Only One Kept Their Job.

Roseanne screeched the national anthem, grabbed her crotch and spit on the ground at a baseball game in 1990. Kaep kneeled.

Many viewers across the country – including the president himself –celebrated the "Roseanne" reboot on ABC this week. But fans of Roseanne Barr, like Trump, who have publicly condemned Colin Kaepernick for kneeling during the national anthem, seem to have forgotten that Barr butchered the national anthem 28 years ago... and grabbed her crotch afterwards. 

On July 25 1990, Barr shrieked the national anthem, while occasionally laughing throughout, at San Diego's Jack Murphy Stadium. The actress was met with boos from the crowd, in which she responded by grabbing her crotch and spitting on the ground. 

The comedian's performance of the "Star Spangled Banner" garnered a lot of press and criticism at the time, with a then President George H.W. Bush calling it "disgraceful."

But while Barr faced public backlash, her original sitcom series "Roseanne" aired for seven more years after her national anthem debacle, until its finale in 1997. What's more, fans have widely celebrated the reboot, with the first episode reportedly pulling in 17.7 million people, according to Vanity Fair

Kaepernick did not screech the national anthem nor grab his crotch right afterwards. He kneeled during the national anthem in protest of the very real racial injustice and police violence impacting black people. Yet, the former San Francisco 49ers quarterback has remained unsigned since he became a free agent last year. 




While many speculate that Kaepnernick is still without a job in the NFL due to his activism, Trump boasted about "Roseanne" ratings this week during a speech in Ohio that was supposed to center on infrastructure plans. In fact, the president called Barr to congratulate her on the premiere of the show’s reboot.

For Kaepernick’s protest, and other NFL players kneeling in solidarity, Trump once referred to them as sons of b*****s during a speech in September 2017. He also published a series of Tweets demanding that if NFL players “disrespect” the flag by kneeling, they should be “fired.”



Apparently, Trump doesn’t consider Barr’s crotch-grabbing-shrieking performance of the national anthem disrespectful.


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