Most of Hollywood is desperate to explain to Trump supporters just how wrong they are to back the president, but Roseanne Barr, whose 1990s sitcom “Roseanne” will receive a reboot next fall, says she’ll be using her show to demonstrate why many blue collar Americans backed the president.
In her pre-reboot interview with ABC, Roseanne not only defended her support for Donald Trump, she makes no apologies for the current president, even though she believes the president says a lot of “crazy s***.”
“I’m not a Trump apologist. There are a lot of things he’s said and done that I don’t agree with, just like there are a lot of things Hillary Clinton has said and done that you don’t agree with. Nobody is brainwashed into agreeing with 100 percent of what anybody says,” Barr told reporters.
But that doesn’t mean her TV character, Roseanne, who is famously representative of the “forgotten” demographics Trump appealed to in the 2016 campaign — disaffected blue collar Americans in rural and mid-western states who have struggled since jobs have moved overseas, and who deal firsthand with major American issues like the opioid epidemic — will ignore the political landscape. In fact, Barr says, the character of Roseanne will be unabashedly pro-Trump.
“It’s just realistic,” she explained. “I have always attempted to portray a realistic portrait of the American people and working class people. And, in fact, it was working class people that elected Trump so I felt that was very real and something that needed to be discussed.”
She also wants the “Roseanne” reboot to contribute meaningfully to the ongoing political climate — something that she says she discussed regularly with the show’s producer, Bruce Helford.
“We had a lot of discussions about all of our beliefs,” Helford told ABC. We had to find a way for this particular family … to get that debate going in a very honest way and a very real way. So whether you were pro-Trump or anti-Trump it was really about getting that dialogue going in an honest way.”
That might be a nice, refreshing change for Americans who are so used to seeing television shows and movies that express only derision for conservative or pro-Trump politics. Whether that will play well in the entertainment industry remains to be seen.