(LOS ANGELES) — Roseanne Barr blamed the sleep aid Ambien for her racist tweet about former Obama advisor Valerie Jarrett, and now the makers of the drug are pushing back.
In a tweet, Sanofi, the company that makes Ambien, tweeted 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.”
Along those same lines, an Internet troll had made a now-deleted edit to Ambien’s Wikipedia page referencing the controversy, which led to ABC canceling Barr’s sitcom.
The troll wrote, “‘In 2018…Roseanne Barr made the public aware of a number of previously undisclosed side effects to Zolpidem (aka Ambien) including: racism, Trump-tweeting, anthem-spitting, unpatriotic crotch grabbing, public irritation, political agitation, sore losing, sore winning, special election upsets, butt-hurt, hate, avalanches, and loss of sitcom.”
Even Dictionary.com threw some shade, tweeting: “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.'”
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