Roseanne Barr on the Politics on Her 'Roseanne Revival': 'It's Just Realistic'

Kelvin Reese
January 10, 2018

TV reporter Soraya Nadia McDonald, a writer for The Undefeated, had asked Barr why Roseanne Conner, the historic protagonist of Barr's groundbreaking 1988-1997 sitcom Roseanne, would have supported Donald Trump for president when, during the show's original run, she spoke out forthrightly against the sort of xenophobia and racism Trump seemed to represent.

Barr added that she wanted to focus on "polarization in the family" in particular, and "people actually hating other people for the way they voted", which she said she feels "is not American".

- Roseanne Barr says making her character a Donald Trump supporter in the revived sitcom "Roseanne" is true to its roots. The show feels reinvigorated by the political climate in a way that, say, the Will & Grace reboot just doesn't.

But it was Roseanne Barr's personal politics that dominated the conversation.

And though her TV alter ego supports Trump, Barr sats the president "says a lot of insane s-". "To me (the show) was a great opportunity to have a family that can be divided by politics and still be united by love, and that's a great thing for this country right now".

Gilbert tried to get her TV mom to walk away from the controversy bait by asking if Roseanne was "sure" she wanted to go there. "Nobody is brainwashed into agreeing with 100 percent of what anybody says".

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Still, Barr got testy at times as reporters pressed her on the matter, especially when some wondered how she - or her character - could support a man who has expressed so many snide comments (and/or tweets) about different groups of people.

As for current events, Barr was asked if she would support Oprah Winfrey for president, which has enjoyed a social-media groundswell after her Golden Globes speech Sunday. That included politicians-as demonstrated in Season 4's "Aliens", when Roseanne meets a state representative, Mike Summers, who is promoting a plan that gives tax breaks to corporations setting up shop in her hometown of Lanford, Illinois.

"I do love Oprah. Because if you don't endorse Hillary, then you're anti-American, a racist, a sexist, or whatever names her robots throw around".

Barr completed her answer by saying that a big reason she couldn't vote for Hillary Clinton had to do with Haiti, a reference to untrue claims that the Clintons raised millions of dollars for a hospital in Haiti that was never built. "Actually, I think I would be a better president than Oprah or Susan Sarandon, possibly even President Trump".

"I'm not a Trump apologist", she said. I think it's a time to close ranks.

A new season of Roseanne is set to debut March 27, 20 years after going off the air.

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