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"Roseanne" Revival Cast, Producers Can't Escape Shadow of Barr's Trump Support

Roseanne Barr's shocking comments about trans women unearthed "Roseanne" Revival Cast, Producers Can't Escape Shadow of Barr's Trump Support
Diane Mills | 10 January, 2018, 02:13

"Of course, I love Oprah like everybody else".

The original series was far more interested in issues of class and gender inequity than it was in race-but Season 7's "White Men Can't Kiss" did focus on Roseanne growing furious with D.J. over his reluctance to kiss a black classmate in a school play, then uncomfortably confronting her own ingrained racism when she couldn't decide if she was afraid of a late-night visitor to her diner because he was a man, or because he was a black man.

Roseanne Barr is a Trump supporter who has regularly filled her Twitter feed with insane conspiracy theories, wild claims about Trump's "successes", and vehement defenses of her support for the president. "I would really like to see an end to "hatriotism" in this country", she said. Star Roseanne Barr says the new show will not steer away from politics.

She said she's "not a Trump apologist, and there are a lot of things he has said and done that I don't agree with". 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 especially about polarization in the family and actually hating people for the way they voted, which I feel like is not American. However, there's something about Roseanne's political conversation that feels relevant.

Barr, who went on a recent political tweet-storm that culminated in an announcement she's retiring (from Twitter), acknowledged pulling back from outspokenness as the premiere approaches.

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"Actually, I think I'd be a better president than Oprah and Susan Sarandon, probably even President Trump". There are a lot of things he has said and done that I don't agree with. I do support jobs for people.

Still, "I would be a better president than Oprah and Susan Sarandon, and possibly President Trump. No one's brainwashed into agreeing with 100 percent of what anybody says, let alone a politician or a candidate". "I think that's a great way to fight racism is that everybody has a job".

Reportedly, an ABC publicist did try to stop the panel, but Roseanne Barr just pressed ahead with her comments.

Executive producers Whitney Cummings and Tom Werner, actors Ames McNamera, Emma Kenney, Jayden Rey, executive producer Bruce Helford, (l-r, front row) actor Michael Fishman, executive producer/actress Sara Gilbert, actress Laurie Metcalf, executive producer/actress Roseanne Barr, actors John Goodman, Lecy Goranson and Sarah Chalke of the television show Roseanne speak onstage during the ABC Television/Disney portion of the 2018 Winter Television Critics Association Press Tour at The Langham Huntington, Pasadena on January 8, 2018 in Pasadena, California.

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