Actress Roseanne Barr, who plays the lead character in ABC’s TV reboot of Roseanne has confirmed that her character would be a supporter of Donald Trump.
Roseanne had exited the TV world with a controversial final season about twenty years back, and ABC is going to retcon things like Dan Conners’ death, it appears that there would be a lot of changes. Barr has been quite frank about her support for Trump on social media, the season 10 of Roseanne features politics too.
The long-anticipated show comes back in March, and during the Television Critics Association Winter Press Tour, Barr disclosed that her imaginary character also voted for Trump:
“I’ve always tried to have [the show] be a true reflection of the society we live in. Half the people voted for Trump and half didn’t. It’s just realistic. I’ve always attempted to portray a realistic portrait of the American working-class people and, in fact, it was working-class people who elected Trump, so I felt that was very real and something that needed to be discussed. Especially about polarization within the family and people actually hating other people for the way they voted, which I feel is not American.”
Bruce Helford, the Executive producer of the show, stated that John Goodman’s character of Dan might not have voted for Trump (he might not have voted at all), whereas Laurie Metcalf’s portrayal of Jackie was a Hillary supporter, and it was done to correctly represent the American politics of today. Sara Gilbert returns as Darlene, and she said that the political preference of Roseanne also creates fascinating equations within the household:
“It was a great opportunity to have a family that can be divided by politics, but still is filled with love. And what a great thing to bring into this country right now.”
What’s interesting is to notice that after canceling the Last Man Standing (another ABC show), Roseanne’s latest choice might be a tactic to please the annoyed Republican supporters who considered the show’s discontinuation to be a political act.
The 65-year-old actress brought to fans’ attention the fact that Roseanne was originally based on the working-class narratives such as the lottery win by Conner family. Therefore, she is trying to explore the premise that only the wealthy voted for Trump. Considering the complex political scenario of present-day USA, it is understandable to see shows like Last Man Standing, American Horror Story and Roseanne try to benefit from the subject.
Barr’s revelation about Roseanne supporting Trump has already created ripples on social media, but, would it impact the reboot? No matter what, the actress reminds that she doesn’t feel bad about Trump and is not in agreement with everything done by the current POTUS. After all, the loyal Roseanne fans are eager to get the show back, and politics is unlikely to prevent them from getting a good dose of nostalgia about the 90s hit series.