Dictonary.com just came for Roseanne Barr and her racist comments

Roseanne Barr is the subject of countless headlines and tweets on Tuesday after posting on Twitter before announcing she would be leaving the platform altogether.

Barr‘s since-deleted tweet was pointed towards Barack Obama‘s former advisor Valerie Jarrett, saying if the “Muslim brotherhood & planet of the apes had a baby=vj.”

As noted by many Twitter users, some outlets covered the incident without explicitly calling the behavior “racist.” Instead, they chose to initially use words or phrases like “,” “,” or “.” Believe it or not, Dictionary is on the front lines, calling them out. 

The Twitter account for the online dictionary is known for from time to time. However, this clap back was executed with a simple retweet of , who chalked up Roseanne‘s comments to a “bizarre Twitter rant.” 

“Bizarre is one word to describe Roseanne‘s comments about Valerie Jarrett, or you could just use this one,” they tweeted, linking to their definition of ‘.‘ 

The headline for CNN‘s story does describe the moment as “a racist Twitter rant.” It‘s unclear if that word was added after getting called out by the dictionary.

Roseanne‘s show has following the racist remarks, but that didn‘t stop praise for Dictionary from folks on Twitter. Many tweeted their support of the website, and others were surprised that the dictionary went there. 

Merriam-Webster had a different approach to the controversy.