Roseanne Barr's comeback faces boycott over her 'racism and homophobia'

Roseanne reboot faces boycott over her 'racism and homophobia'.
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Roseanne Barr's reboot of her iconic TV show Roseanne is facing a boycott, with campaigners demanding it be cancelled over her controversial statements.

The 65-year-old comedian made headlines last month for labelling Lorde a bigot over her cancelling a concert in Israel, but others are suggesting she herself is the bigot.

"Tweets can be deleted by the internet never forgets. Roseanne has a long history of racism, homophobia, anti-Semitism and hate speech," reads a message from the Boycott Roseanne Twitter account.

"Please email [the ABC network], let them know you plan to #BoycottRoseanne and insist they cancel the reboot."

Despite her attack on Lorde, Barr has herself made statements about Israel that triggered outrage.

The Jerusalem Post quoted her as calling Israel a "Nazi state" in 2009 - the same year she dressed as Hitler and baked 'Jew cookies' for a magazine.

Barr undertook an apparent change of heart some years later, became a staunch Israel supporter and started referring to Muslims, Palestinians and Palestinian rights campaigners as "Nazis".

She has since deleted many such controversial tweets - including a call for a nuclear attack on the non-Jewish students and staff of University of California - and some accounts she has retweeted have been disabled by Twitter for hate speech violations.

But digital records of her statements have been kept and other social media users are republishing them.

On Twitter, people are calling out Barr's support for Donald Trump as well as alleged racist and transphobic comments as the premiere date for her reboot draws near.

The Roseanne revival is set to launch on US network ABC on March 27.

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