Tiffany Haddish’s Must-Read Tale of Meeting Roseanne Barr

By Sameer Rao Jun 13, 2018

Tiffany Haddish ("Girls Trip") offers several outrageous stories about interactions with celebrities to The Hollywood Reporter, which published a new profile of the comedian and actress online today (June 13). But if you read anything from the new story, it has to be this recollection of when she met a disgruntled, pre-racist-tweets (though still allegedly racist) Roseanne Barr:


Haddish speaks directly into my tape recorder. "I don’t know if you know El Segundo [a coastal California town near LAX], but if you’re Black and you’re driving through El Segundo, you’re going to get pulled over. I used to visit my friend Anna there, and it got to a point where I was calling the police officers by name. One day, we were walking around the neighborhood, and Anna says, ‘Oh, Roseanne lives there.’ Now, I loved Roseanne, and the next day we walked by, and she was in her yard. I say, ‘Hiiii, Roseanne.’ She looks at me (makes a disgusted face), and ran in the house. I thought, ‘Maybe she don’t want to be bothered today.’ A week later, we walk by again, and I told Anna—she’s Hispanic, but she looks White—she should say hi this time. So she says, ‘Hi, Roseanne,’ and Roseanne goes, ‘Hey!’ I thought, ‘Maybe she got to know us.’ Then I go back, like, a week later, I wave again and say, ‘Hi, Roseanne! I love your comedy,’ and she (makes the same disgusted face) and turns her head. I think, ‘Fuck that bitch.’ That was 2000, maybe 2001, so it’s not new. She been racist, why’d you all give her a TV show?"

Why, indeed.