Roseanne Barr apologized Tuesday for making a viciously racist "joke," later excusing herself by saying, "It was 2 in the morning and I was Ambien tweeting." But even Ambien won't stand by Barr, who was likewise rejected by her network, producer, talent agency, and co-stars. The insomnia medication's maker, Sanofi, distanced the product from Barr on Wednesday:
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
Even the dictionary took pains to distance the word "Ambien" from Barr:
The name Ambien is thought to come from the word "ambient" or similar words in French. Ambient does not mean "prone to making racist comments," but it does mean "of the surrounding area or environment." https://t.co/UpYY5eKzIo https://t.co/XsPn8FthV5
— Dictionary.com (@Dictionarycom) May 30, 2018
The more you know! Jeva Lange