With the controversy over “Roseanne’s” cancellation and Roseanne Barr’s racist tweet taking off in new and unpredictable directions with each passing hour, Sanofi U.S., the manufacturer of the sleep aid Ambien, added its voice to the fracas.
The drug maker posted a message on Twitter that appears aimed at letting Barr know her tweet wasn’t caused by Ambien.
In the Sanofi tweet, which you can see in full below, the company wrote: “While all pharmaceutical treatments have side effects, racism is not a known side effect of any Sanofi medication.”
The company’s tweet came in response to a message from Barr, who was back on Twitter even though she had indicated she was leaving the social media site after her now-infamous tweet about former Barack Obama aide Valerie Jarrett. Barr returned to say that she was “Ambien tweeting” when she sent the offensive tweet. That post has since been taken down.
Meanwhile, comedians and other personalities were having a field day with what many interpreted as an attempt to blame the racist tweet on the drug.
Patton Oswalt tweeted:
“’We must build a world where everyone is treated with equal respect and opportunity, no matter their race, creed or sexual orientation.’
“– David Duke tweeting on Ambien”
George Takei offered this observation:
“Roseanne claims she was on Ambien at the time of her tweet. Sanofi-Aventis quickly amended their ads to include ‘may cause racism, ignorance, bigotry, support of authoritarians and demagogues, and loss of a hit television show. See your psychiatrist for assistance.’”
And Andy Richter chimed in with: “Look, I’m not trying to make excuses for anyone, but the last time I took Ambien I annexed Poland.”
Deadline has compiled several choice tweets on the topic — click here to see them.