Trump Voter Roseanne Barr Plays Herself in Sitcom Revival
Jan 10 2018
While participating in a Monday night Television Critics Association panel about the return of her show Roseanne, Roseanne Barr was asked if she'd vote for Oprah Winfrey should the talk show legend throw her hat into the 2020 race.
"It was working-class people who elected Trump, and that was very real and needed to be discussed", said Barr, who added that the idea of people hating others for voting differently from them is "un-American".
Roseanne Barr's own political beliefs have been very well-documented, and at TCA today there was an at-times passionate discussion about politics.
John Goodman, who played her husband on the show, is returning for the revival along with most of the original cast.
So, when a journalist asked why that character would turn around and vote for someone whose platform is demonstrably racist? "Well, that's your opinion".
Still, "I would be a better president than Oprah and Susan Sarandon, and possibly President Trump". "There are a lot of things he's said and done I don't agree with, like there's probably a lot of things Hillary Clinton has done and said that you don't agree with".
"No one is brainwashed into being in agreement 100% with [anyone]", Barr said.
Barr continued defending President Trump, but said he has made moves that she disagrees with.
. But as Goodman stated, her drama doesn't win the awards like her comedy has in the past. Says Roseanne: "So they get a tax break?". On some level, everybody involved realizes that this could work in the show's favor - so long as Barr herself can stay on message.
Executive producer Bruce Helford explained that the show is going to reflect a very real cross-section of America that still exists, much the same way it did when the show first aired in the 1990's.
Gilbert said the new episodes show a family "that is divided by politics but still filled with love". "We have a beloved place in the hearts of American viewers, and wanted to do something that would heal things and put all the cards on the table". Think along the lines of the Donald Trump Administration.
Still, if the series manages to walk this tightrope just right, it might have an impact that no other post-Trump TV series has had.
Helford also cited perhaps wanting to start to heal things in this country, and star and executive producer Sara Gilbert echoed his sentiments.
"What was the most surreal was walking back onto the set which they recreated - to the pillows, to the photos on the wall - and it was a rush of feelings, we spent nine years doing it together, we're like a family, and so weirdly, [it was like] no time had passed, but decades had passed".