Roseanne Sitcom Revival - "Can we shut this down? We can NOT let her normalize Trump"

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Darwin Watterson

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As you probably know, Roseanne is coming back with new episodes later this month. Roseanne Barr herself has been very vocal in her support for Donald Trump, and she says she plans to have her character be a supporter of him too. Naturally, people are throwing big shit-fits. I decided to add this particular tweet as an opener because, in my opinion, it perfectly encapsulates everything wrong not just with this, but with Trump derangement syndrome as a whole. But I'm here to talk about salt, not sperg about politics.

Daily Beast Article
Everybody loves a ‘90s reboot. In a time of political turmoil and increasingly terrifying news, the only thing more comforting than a classic ‘90s rerun is a series revival. It’s a programming bid that banks on name recognition and nostalgia; the assumption that everyone over the age of 25 has a furtive desire to pop on a slap bracelet and revisit the sitcoms of yesteryears.

In May, ABC confirmed that Roseanne, the beloved TV comedy, would be joining the ranks of ‘90s reboots (alongside fan favorites like Will & Grace, Twin Peaks, and The X-Files). Unlike some of its outdated sitcom peers, the Roseanne Barr and John Goodman-starring revival promises to be rather timely. When Roseanne premiered in 1988, it was heralded for its honest portrayal of a working-class family struggling to make ends meet in the Midwest. Back then, making a sitcom about a less than aspirational family unit was a risk. But in 2017, with executives overtly competing over the Trumpster demographic, a TV show about a “normal American family” (read: white people who may or may not read InfoWars) is a newly hot commodity. According to an ABC announcement about the reboot, “The Conner family will continue to deal with the economic challenges of living pay check to pay check in 2018.”

Roseanne Barr, the groundbreaking female comic behind the sitcom, seems to be well aware that her reboot is riding a Trumpian wave. Page Six reported that Barr was overheard at ABC’s upfront discussing how the presidential election results revived the series. Allegedly, Goodman remarked to his co-star that, “I never thought in a million years we’d be back,” to which Barr replied, “I did. As soon as I saw the election results, I knew we’d be back.” Let’s take a minute to soak up the irony of Donald Trump actually bringing back American jobs—not for the working class, but for the famous actors who portray them on TV.

As a funny, accessible take on a much-discussed demographic—think Hillbilly Elegy, but with more laughs—the Roseanne reboot has a lot of potential. After all, the original series changed television for the better, featuring a realistic American family, relatable financial troubles, believable gay characters and overweight protagonists who weren’t written as punchlines. Additionally, the sitcom centered a female comic’s voice at a time when TV shows didn’t often feature—let alone star—complicated female characters. Given Roseanne’s legacy of bringing under-amplified voices to the fore, the sitcom’s revival could actually be a force of forward motion (as opposed to a stagnant nostalgia fest)—an honest, empathetic portrayal that goes deeper than a self-serving politician’s shallow stump speech about the American working class.

Roseanne never shied away from political disillusionment or righteous outrage, and Barr has promised that this new revival will be similarly no holds barred. Before Roseanne 2.0 was officially announced, Barr tweeted that, “Of course I want to do a reboot of Roseanne-new political reality in our country will make for some great jokes!” Naturally, you might assume that the comic turned aspiring Green Party presidential candidate was alluding to Trump jokes—finding humor in a president who seems determined to screw over huge swathes of his poor and working class supporters. Instead, a deep dive into Barr’s (d)evolving politics reveals that the beloved comic may herself be a Trump supporter—or at the very least, dealing in some of the conspiracy theories and hateful rhetoric that facilitated his rise to power.

To be clear: Roseanne Barr’s new politics and the current state of her Breitbart-dotted Twitter feed don’t necessarily negate the contributions she’s made throughout her decades-long career. We can applaud Barr as a female television trailblazer while also maintaining that her current positions are not so good. After all, if you live long enough, you’ll watch a great many of your childhood feminist idols be demoted to problematic faves—although few stars can rival Barr’s sheer number of bad or erroneous takes.

Over the years, Barr’s politics have been…slippery. Her love of Israel has, time and time again, erred into Islamophobia, and her disdain for politics as usual—a cornerstone of her own political campaign—appears to have inspired her to join a community of conspiracy-peddling Trump enthusiasts. While Barr didn’t formally endorse any presidential candidate, she made her feelings on Clinton very clear, insisting that, “Hillary owns the press…people in this country are not allowed to say anything except for that they love Hillary, or they’ll be harassed, especially on social media, until they leave or hang their head in shame…Because if you don’t endorse Hillary, then you’re anti-American, a racist, a sexist, or whatever names her robots throw around.” Additionally, Barr told The Hollywood Reporter that, “We should be so lucky if Trump won, because then it wouldn’t be Hillary.”

Barr’s alignment with Trumplandia seems less motivated by the president’s actual policies, and more by the belief that politicians like the Clintons have screwed over their constituents. Like in the Roseanne days, Barr is speaking up for a consistently derided and overlooked subsection of American society. A March tweet, in which Barr wrote, “Every single attack on ‪@POTUS is really a disguised attack on American voters who rejected Obama-Clinton-Bush’s bleeding of R treasury,” encapsulates how Barr has taken her position as voice of the people to the edge of reason. Barr’s affinity for Trump—or at the very least, for Trumpsters—is undeniable. She retweets Kellyanne Conway laughing her #Ossoff, takes from users with names like “Josey Cov fe’fe” and “Liberals are Icky,” and links selling “Trump Mafia” T-shirts. At times, she appears to have taken on a full alt-right persona, with observations ranging from “‪#intersectionality is degenerate pseudo philosophy of fake left” to “Mamas don’t let ur babies grow up 2b libtards.”

And then there are the full-on conspiracy theories. Barr has retweeted InfoWars reports on the “5.7 Million Illegals” who they baselessly claim voted in the presidential election. She shared a YouTube video titled, “CONFIRMED: SCALISE IS AT THE SAME HOSPITAL THAT TOOK OUT SETH RICH,” as well as various other Seth Rich-related bulletins. She’s shared articles from The Gateway Pundit and Milo Yiannopoulos’ website, as well as Alex Jones videos. She shared a link that promised to expose “Kamala Harris’ Dirty Sex Secret,” and she’s retweeted transphobic comments and tirades against supposedly violent “Muslim Migrants” that blare, “Americans Don’t Want these Savages in our towns!”
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The irony is that they’re acting like the show is just gonna be one big Trump circle jerk. Roseanne has said that while her character will be a supporter, not everyone will. They’re bitching about the “family that looks like yours” thing, but honestly that’s the case with family usually; some of them like one guy and others like the other guy. Not to mention the fact that there’s also going to be a black kid and a trans kid.
 

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You mean a self inserted character is going to have self inserted opinions? The character that's litterly played to be maybe two steps above hillbilly trailer trash? And they're offended?

They never watched the show did they?
Any and all portrayal of the “other side” that paints them as anymore than Brutish knuckle-dragging Neanderthal bigots dis considered shameful, cowardly and evil.

I really hope in the near future we see more mainstream far left types pull a full-on MovieBob and just say “I think Trump Supporter/White Middle Americans are subhuman, trailer trash ghouls who need to have their rights/lives taken away for the good of the nation.”
 
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Not to mention the fact that there’s also going to be a black kid and a trans kid.
Why though? They're a small minority of the population. If they occurred as much as they are being "represented" across various media platforms, they wouldn't be a minority. It doesn't make sense to include them in everything, but I forgot, this is an American sitcom, everything in current year has to be woke.
 

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I remember hearing about Roseanne supporting Trump, which I assumed was because his working class appeal, but never paid attention to what's happened with her since. AFAIK, she called herself a socialist, supported Occupy Wall Street, and wanted George Zimmerman dead. Oh, and obviously she's a feminist and a Jew, two which otherwise would make her a liberal hero. I wouldn't say she's redpilled, as she has always been a shitlord, like her satirical 2012 presidential run. I never really found her funny since her namesake show, but all this salt is priceless.

On a side note, a show which started in 1988 is a "90s reboot?" Sure the duration of it was during the 90s, but its highest ratings were in 1989 and 1990. Silly millennial writer!
 

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Why though? They're a small minority of the population. If they occurred as much as they are being "represented" across various media platforms, they wouldn't be a minority. It doesn't make sense to include them in everything, but I forgot, this is an American sitcom, everything in current year has to be woke.
They probably had to include them so the Hollywood Jews that funded this won't get lynched.
 

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They probably had to include them so the Hollywood Jews that funded this won't get lynched.
I just don't see how any of this kind of thing is profitable. The people who want a trans character won't watch Roseanne and the people who will watch Roseanne, do not want a Trans character ; for the most part. People who "identify" as "BLACK" aren't ever going to watch Roseanne either, when there are sitcoms that catered to their demographic. It just doesn't make sense - financially or ideologically.
 

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Why do they care about some shitty sitcom that only old whites are gonna bother to watch anyway?
Technically, most of the people that are shown in OP complaining about the show are white. That said, while I never watched the show, its funny to see these people get overly dramatic over some sitcom that they can't "reconcile" with the show because of some reboot and Trump.
 

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That said, while I never watched the show, its funny to see these people get overly dramatic over some sitcom that they can't "reconcile" with the show because of some reboot and Trump.
I swear to God, it's like none of these people watched the original. It makes complete and utter sense for the Conner family, or at least some of them, to be Trump supporters. That's not a good thing, that's not a bad thing, it's just a thing. Because that's how the original handled things like that, they just were.

You can hate Roseanne Barr for a lot of very legitimate reasons but the show "Roseanne" was a fantastic portrayal of a lower-class white family that's perpetually down on their luck. It was well written, well acted, and hit a lot of chords for a certain segment of society. In a lot of ways, it was the white "Atlanta".

Also, you know, John Goodman.
 

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I remember hearing about Roseanne supporting Trump, which I assumed was because his working class appeal, but never paid attention to what's happened with her since. AFAIK, she called herself a socialist, supported Occupy Wall Street, and wanted George Zimmerman dead. Oh, and obviously she's a feminist and a Jew, two which otherwise would make her a liberal hero. I wouldn't say she's redpilled, as she has always been a shitlord, like her satirical 2012 presidential run. I never really found her funny since her namesake show, but all this salt is priceless.

On a side note, a show which started in 1988 is a "90s reboot?" Sure the duration of it was during the 90s, but its highest ratings were in 1989 and 1990. Silly millennial writer!
Rosanne is pretty nuts. She's an incest/abuse survivor and she's got multiple personality disorder, and has all sorts of delusions and is also a pretty well known conspiracy crank. She's really good at keeping her insanity on the DL, albeit helped by the fact literally no one has cared about her since the mid nineties. So yeah, she's hard to categorize because most of her stated opinions are ones she only holds some of the time.
 

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The irony is that they’re acting like the show is just gonna be one big Trump circle jerk. Roseanne has said that while her character will be a supporter, not everyone will. They’re bitching about the “family that looks like yours” thing, but honestly that’s the case with family usually; some of them like one guy and others like the other guy. Not to mention the fact that there’s also going to be a black kid and a trans kid.
I thought the "trans kid" was supposed to be just some boy who dresses femininely but isn't trans. At least that's what I read.
 
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