Tuesday, April 16, 2024

TV: Roseanne Barr Gets the Last Cackle on Donald Trump, Crazy Like a Fox Comedienne Puts One Over on the Base


Everyone’s excited that Roseanne Barr scored 18 million viewers– it must be the Trumpers. But in reality, “Roseanne” is the least conservative show on TV. It’s run by Wanda Sykes and cast member Sara Gilbert — two prominent lesbians. The show features a 10 year old cross dressing boy who is probably gay. (The role was originally billed as gender fluid.)

On the premiere show this week, Roseanne and Dan’s daughter, Becky, announced she was going to accept $50,000 to carry another woman’s child. The family supported it. They also supported the 10 year old boy’s decision to wear a skirt to school. The family also warmly welcomed back Roseanne’s sister, Jackie, who  in episode 2 reveals she voted for Jill Stein for President.

“Who?” Roseanne squawks in reply. Exactly.

Not only that, Roseanne and Dan have a black granddaughter (they haven’t even gotten to that yet). Something tells me in weeks to come there will be anti-Wall pro-immigration episode as well. The Conners will turn out to be the accepting, open conservative Republican family in history.  In episode Dan even jokes about Darlene (Gilbert) being gay– wink wink since Gilbert is gay but her alter ego is not.

In a real right wing, conservative Rust Belt home, the boy would have been told to wear pants to school, Jackie would be persona non grata, and Becky would be prohibited from being a surrogate and sent packing. But we aren’t in that world. We’re in a gloss of that world that doesn’t exist.

Donald Trump called Roseanne (the real Roseanne) to congratulate her on her ratings. He’s been told that she supports him, so be probably thinks he had something to do with this. The truth is, Trump’s name is never uttered on the show.

Barr is crazy like a fox. She ginned up the base to get them to watch her show, and the result was a shattering 18 million. Even if 50 percent go away next week (when politics aren’t even mentioned) she’s got a massive hit. Trump doesn’t know it, but he’s been used by Roseanne. She’s getting the last cackle on him. Good for her!

In a Tweet this afternoon, Roseanne marveled at getting a call from Trump. But she also pointed out the other presidents she’d met or talked to– including Carter and Clinton. Just in case no one’s paying attention



Roger Friedman
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Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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