Roseanne Barr promised the new Roseanne reboot would not be about Donald Trump. She did not promise that the Conners wouldn’t be Trump supporters, so now they are. Of course.
Until recently, Barr wouldn’t confirm she was a Trump supporter, though her Twitter timeline was a cornucopia of Trump t-shirt sales and “owns” against “libtards.” She has deleted those incriminating and imbalanced statements, and according to the New York Times, her kids have wrested control of Twitter from her hands. So, we’re mostly getting stuff that looks like normal social media promotion:
But we all knew this was coming: Barr confirmed on Monday, during a press event at the Television Critics Association Winter Press Tour, that the character of Roseanne Conner will be a Trump supporter. According to The Hollywood Reporter, Barr admitted during the event that she supports the president but is not a Trump “apologist.” She simply wants her show to be “realistic”:
“In The Rosanne Show, I’ve always tried to have it be a true reflection of the society we live in. I feel like half the people voted for Trump and half didn’t, so it’s just realistic,” she said, adding that she’s tried to make the show a realistic portrayal of the working class, in particular.
“And, in fact, it was working-class people who elected Trump, so I felt like that was very real and something that needed to be discussed and especially about polarization in the family and people actually hating other people for the way they voted, which I feel is not American.”
Did working class people elect Trump? No. Most of his base was affluent white people, much like Roseanne Barr is an affluent white person at this point in her life. We shall see if that reality is addressed in the series.
Sara Gilbert, who will be returning as Darlene Conner and also serving as an executive producer, told reporters that the show will be exploring the political divide in the country, which is sure as shit not something I want to watch. Can TV take me away from all this for 22 minutes instead, please? That’s also what the faces of the rest of the cast is saying in these pics (but who the hell knows, they did sign on to do this project):
Fun press tour! Understanding Trump supporters is boring well-tread ground already, fictionalizing it doesn’t seem much more interesting. But it might at least make for extremely awkward viewing.