Roseanne Barr Says Mommy Wars Comment Made Her ‘Sick to My Stomach’

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The woman who once joked that if her kids were still alive when her husband came home "I figure I've done my job" found nothing funny about the recent political storm swirling around working mothers.

"I almost got sick to my stomach when I heard Hilary Rosen's unfortunate words regarding Mrs. Mitt Romney," Roseanne Barr wrote in a serious blog post for the Daily Beast, alluding to a comment the political wife "never worked a day in her life."

It wasn't that Tom Arnold's ex disagreed with the barb against the attractive blonde, who got kudos from millions of stay-at-home-moms when she claimed that being a full-time mother is also hard work, but more that she saw it as "fat political softball" that could score a home run for Mitt Romney.

The loudmouth mom from 80s' TV sitcom "Roseanne" said she did not view the millionaire mom of five as a typical hard working mother. "Mrs. Mitt Romney claims to have worked her toned ass off, raising five Romney males all on her own, as privileged wives often do-but . . . I call bullshit on your Big Mama story, girlfriend."

She added Mitt's wife had more help being a housewife than most stay-at-home-moms, referring to a woman the Romneys' son mentioned who came in "one or two hours a week to help with housework.

"Of course neither Mrs. Mitt Romney nor her son knew the name of the 'cleaning lady,' either, because like 99 percent of rich people, they are oblivious to those women who do work outside the home, even when they work inside the home of the Romney family," Barr wrote.

HBO comic Bill Maher was another celebrity who poked holes in Ann Romney's story. He said there was "a big difference between being a mother and getting your a-- out of the door at 7 a.m. when it's cold, having to deal with the boss, being in a workplace, where even if you're unhappy you can't show it for 8 hours, that is kind of a different kind of tough thing."

Most celebrities, however, did not publicly comment on the controversy, including the usually caustic Joan Rivers who made light of the kerfuffle via Twitter. "Ann Romney tweeted that raising 5 boys was hard work. Madonna totally agrees, which is why she kicks her lovers out once they hit puberty," the fashion cop posted on Twitter.

Yet even though they may not have weighed in on the recent "Mommy Wars" controversy, celebrities are frequently asked how it feels to be a working mother.

Actress Julianna Margulies told Harper's Bazaar it isn't easy to juggle the demands of career and family. "You feel guilt all the way around," she said. "You want to be there for your husband, be there for your kids, be great at your job, all that stuff. But at the end of the day, if you put everyone in front of you, what happens to you?"

The woman who plays Alicia Florrick on "The Good Wife" added candidly, "I think all these 1950s Leave It to Beaver housewives suddenly woke up and went, 'What about me? Fuck you all. You know how hard this is? I've had dinner on the table, I've figured this out, and now you're sleeping with your secretary?'"

"Saturday Night Live" alum Tina Fey used her trademark wit to handle her annoyance about the pressure on women to choose between career and children. In an essay for the New Yorker she wrote, "'How do you juggle it all?' people constantly ask me, with an accusatory look in their eyes. 'You're screwing it all up, aren't you?' their eyes say. My standard answer is that I have the same struggles as any working parent but with the good fortune to be working at my dream job."

With a squirt of sarcasm, the real-life Liz Lemon added, "Or sometimes I just hand them a juicy red apple I've poisoned in my working-mother witch cauldron and fly away."

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