Alex Jones, the architect behind the conspiracy theory outlet Infowars, defended actress Roseanne Barr from accusations of racism after she compared former Obama White House advisor Valarie Jarett to an ape by insisting that Barr’s tweet was not racist because Jones himself says he looks “like a gorilla.”
Today on Infowars, Jones began the show by contributing to the right-wing media meltdown after ABC announced that it would cancel Barr’s recently rebooted show in response to a tweet in which Barr said that Jarrett looked like the result of what would happen if “muslim brotherhood & planet of the apes had a baby.”
Jones brushed aside the centuries-old racism contained in Barr’s comparison between a person of color and a primate, insisting that there was nothing racist about Barr’s tweet. Jones alleged that because he believes he looks like “a gorilla” that the comparison was rendered meaningless.
“If you compare some black lady to looking simian, well there’s a reason because we are primates. That’s why there are so many comparisons to humans and monkeys and to apes, because some people look more like it than others,” Jones said. “There are some white people that look more like apes than other white people, there are some black people that look more ape-like than other black people. I look ape-like.”
He added, “With my shirt off, in my birthday suit, I look like a gorilla. I mean, I don’t have to work out. I’ve got a big chest, big arms, big legs, I’m bow-legged, my feet are flat. My dad is somewhat simian-looking too. It’s just the way it is, and I’m proud of it.”
Jones went on to call claims that Barr’s tweet was racist “absolutely just ridiculous.”
“I would say that I look more simian than most black people, but this mental illness of political correctness, to say that we don’t all at one way or another look simian, is just a complete joke,” Jones said.