Saturday, June 2, 2018

Discriminating tweet after taking drugs

Roseanne Barr, an actress in the US, made a problematic tweet. It included racial discrimination against former Obama adviser Valerie Jarrett.

Her reckless act caused a rapid response. American Broadcasting Company, a leading TV company, decided to terminate a program Barr was playing the heroine. ABC commented that her tweet was so inappropriate that ABC would no more share the values with her.

After the case, Barr explained that she tweeted under the influence of Ambien, a sleeping pill.

Unfortunately, her excuse ignited further disagreement among respondents. Sanofi, the pharmaceutical company which made Ambien responded as racism had never reported as an adverse effect of Sanofi products.

B2C: Ambien Maker Responds to Roseanne Barr: ‘Racism Is Not a Known Side Effect of Any Sanofi Medication’

In a scientific view, it is possible that we say or write absurd things which are far more our original ideology when drugs profoundly influence us. In this sense, Barr's excuse has a tip of rationality.

However, it is another thing how do people feel about her explanation.

Drunken people often rude behaviors. But they are usually blamed for failing to control themselves. In general, you should not act anything after taking a sleeping pill. All kind of sleeping pills can cause delirium. It is that I always tell all of my patients. Even if the content of the tweet was far from her ideology, she could not be irresponsible because she must use sleeping pills properly.

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