My son and I both suffer from Attention Deficit Disorder, subtype Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder.
And as a sufferer of ADHD, I often say and do things without stopping and thinking. I often say and do things that I later regret (and sometimes I regret them immediately if I hurt someone emotionally).
So, I can completely understand impulsively Tweeting or posting something on Facebook that had I had the ability to take some time to think about it before posting, I might have said, “You know, this might not be the best thing to say at this time.”
But that’s the thing with ADHD. I don’t have the capacity to do that. The part of my brain that edits my thoughts before they reach my mouth or hands, isn’t functioning properly.
I take medication for that. When I’m on my ADHD meds, I do stop and think before I say or do things.
When Roseanne said she tweeted something she shouldn’t have and blamed the sleep aid Ambien on it, I can somewhat empathize with such impulsivity — if that truly is what caused her to Tweet the things she did.
I mean, I checked the side effects of Ambien, and I found a few that could relate to her situation,
- quick to react or overreact emotionally
as well as a host of other equally uncommon and rare side effects. The thing is, the Ambien website also states that if you suffer from any of those to Check with your doctor immediately.
Therefore, if she did suffer one of these rare side effects that somehow “made” her impulsively and uncontrollably Tweet things she wishes she hadn’t, I get that.
I’ve been there. Done that.
But here’s the thing and Sanofi, the maker of Ambien, stated it very clearly and succinctly in their tweet:
The racism? That’s totally on Roseanne. She can’t lay the blame on anyone else, not on any thing or any drug. There is no excuse for being a bigot. That’s simply who she is: a hateful, spiteful, loudmouthed racist.
And now everyone worldwide knows it.
Impulsivity? It can make you post things before you’ve taken the time to think how it might be perceived differently from what you meant. I’m notorious for that. “No! That’s not what I meant at all!” and then I have to do damage control.
Impulsivity does not make you say racist things unless you already are a racist. No drug that I’m aware of will turn you into a racist.
Roseanne is a racist and has always been a racist.
Because she couldn’t keep her racist thoughts to herself — or possibly because she believes in Trump’s America you can say the most vile, hateful things and get away with it — not only is her show canceled, but sadly, a lot of actors, writers, and others employed on the show are out of a job as well. And they can all blame Roseanne for it.
If only she had taken the time to stop, think, and choose a different course of action, like not tweeting racist things.
Granted, she’d still be a racist, but she’d be an employed racist.
Words have consequences.
Racism will never be tolerated.
Goodbye, Roseanne. Please crawl back under your rock and take all the other bigots with you.