CNN Opinion: What “Roseanne” Better Be Worried About
CNN Opinion: What “Roseanne” Better Be Worried About
CNN’s at it again. Throwing in jabs about the latest re-boot of Roseanne. Why? Well, because Barr supported Trump, of course.
And Trump, in turn, raved about the ratings of the reboot premiere:
Barr has been a vocal Trump supporter and was once quoted as saying this on Twitter:
“4 those who wonder-back in the day when I was called a ‘liberal’ by journalists, I used to answer-‘I’m not a Liberal, I’m a radical’ & I still am-I voted Trump 2 shake up the status quo & the staid establishment.”
Rolling Stone reviewed the premiere stating “it just plain sucks” and that the support for Trump’s America “drives a stake through a compassionate show’s legacy.” Of course they said that. The New York Times pointed out that the rift between Roseanne and her sister, Jackie, was the epitome of “people making dangerous political choices grounded in self-interest.” And of course, they were not talking about Nasty Women, if you know what I mean.
This fictional family, and the show’s very real creator, are further normalizing Trump and his warped, harmful political ideologies. There are times when we can consume problematic pop culture, but this is not one of those times.-Roxanne Gay, The New York Times
Then came the attack on actor Rob Lowe this past weekend for saying this:
The secret to @therealroseanne massive ratings is that it celebrates people with huge political differences who are able to laugh and love together as they passionately disagree.
— Rob Lowe (@RobLowe) March 30, 2018
And the “tolerant liberals” became unhinged:
It’s like you’re writing this from another planet.
— CK (@cmkinmia) April 1, 2018
Just yesterday, CNN chimes in:
“It is surprising that the network, which has just renewed Barr’s show for a second season, has not voiced concerns over its star’s history of hate. Sure, the ratings were great for the show — Trump’s widely publicized call undoubtedly will help. But it is deeply disturbing that ABC has been silent on Barr’s views. By either pretending they are not there, or worse, are harmless, the network abets the distortion of American norms of decency; it normalizes them — as does Trump’s praising Barr without any reservations.” –CNN
Hmmm…while some of the humor in the Roseanne reboot may not have been on par or as clever as the original show back in its day, I find CNN’s observation quite comical. In the days before #MeToo and sexual harassment, television executives have been silent. Network executives are supposed to support the actors for their craft and allow them their political opinions, right? Oh wait a just second…that’s only should the actor follow the popular script off-screen as well. Because Barr’s opinion differs from her cohorts, this is why she should be worried, according to CNN:
In today’s America, where activism is on the rise — Black Lives Matter, immigrant rights, protests against gun violence — ABC shouldn’t be surprised if it sees a boycott of the show, targeting advertisers to take a stand on Barr. Trump and ABC executives may not care about Barr’s past views, but I’ll bet advertisers will. –CNN
Boom. There it is. The B-word again. I have never been a huge Roseanne fan, but I did tune in to watch and I am not exactly sure which show some of these writers were watching that evening. All of a sudden, a working middle-class person not wanting to lose his or her job or house has become a victim of a “warped” and harmful ideology”? As far as I could tell, this was Roseanne Conner’s primary justification in the story line for casting her vote. She broke bread with her pussy hat-donning sister despite political differences and agreed on Becky’s decision to become a surrogate parent because “her body, her choice”. Roseanne’s young grandson who was experimenting with nail-polish and sequins was not sent down to the basement for dinner and there was a scene in there somewhere where Roseanne and Dan, those Trump-voting “racist bigots,” loved on their granddaughter (DJ’s daughter) who is African-American. They apparently did not see any of this. Or if they did, the fact that Roseanne (both fictionally and in real-life) voted for Donald Trump “drove a stake” right through all of it so they chose to ignore it all.
Because they have nothing to do with this great divide they “wish” will go away. They have no interest in “dangerous political ideologies steeped in self-interest” because they care so much about everyone else and so do all of the politicians on their side of the dinner table! Because there’s nothing “warped and harmful” about any of their ideologies? They have nothing to do with “problematic pop culture.” Nope. No Siree.
The truth is, they have no interest in normalizing families who may have members with different values, belief systems and ideologies who come together and act like civilized people because the notion of such blows all of their manufactured hysteria to pieces. There would be no validity to their arguments or to their agendas, to marches and “community organizing” because people would actually act like a community. They would lose support and most importantly, funding. They would much rather see discord, dish throwing, hate and drama than a family who has their differences, voices their opinions lovingly, comically and sometimes with a tinge of sarcasm, but whose members have the maturity to move on to realize that their relationships are far too precious to throw away because of political discord.
Although elements of the new Roseanne were quite progressive in thought, the show did not fit into the perfect liberal narrative, and it’s got liberal networks and agenda-supporters freaked the hell out. The show took aim at the liberal’s stereotype of the Trump supporter and Shot. It. Down. Of course, they’re going to pull the “boycott” word out of their bag of tricks. Be afraid, Roseanne, be very afraid. Something tells me though, that Barr is not shaking in her boots.