As ABC brings back the television show "Roseanne" to primetime, a consequence has been that Roseanne Barr's personal politics have been playing a role in her public life. In particular, although she has attempted to shy away from the controversy surrounding her politics, Rosanne has made headlines for several political comments in the past couple of days.
First, according to Hollywood Reporter, Roseanne Bar has claimed that her television character, a working-class mother, is a Trump supporter. When first asked about her character being a supporter of President Trump, she at first tried to dodge the question, in order to avoid unnecessary controversy. But then she offered up some interesting insight into the politics of her returning character.
"In The Rosanne Show, I’ve always tried to have it be a true reflection of the society we live in. I feel like half the people voted for Trump and half didn’t, so it’s just realistic," she said, according to Hollywood Reporter.
She added: "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 and especially about polarization in the family and people actually hating other people for the way they voted, which I feel is not American."
Roseanne also made headlines after remarking that she would make a better president than Oprah. Of course, Roseanne was not implying that she wishes to run for president, and she wasn't even taking a shot at Oprah, who she admires. Rather, Roseanne was expressing that an anti-establishment candidate, somebody who can advocate for the working-class, should be elected into office. Although she will not be running, she does think that she'd fit that role.
When asked if she'd vote for Oprah Winfrey, Roseanne responded, "I do love Oprah. Of course, I love Oprah like everybody else. But you know what? I think it was time for us as a country to shake things up and, you know, try something different."
Roseanne Barr reunited with Roseanne's entire original cast. The season premiere of the ABC reboot portrays Roseanne and her sister, Jackie, embroiled in a fight. Jackie, the family quickly discovers, voted for Hillary Clinton, whereas Roseanne was a proud supporter of President Trump.
Although she has received criticism for using her show to voice the views of working-class Republican voters, Roseanne believes that a show like this is necessary during a time when the country is so divided. Indeed, Roseanne is particularly bothered that families are literally fighting about who they voted for, and in some cases, individuals in families hate each other because somebody voted for Trump and another person didn't.
As a result of America being so divided, she thinks that a "dialogue" needs to return between left and right, and she hopes that the reboot of "Roseanne" will help promote this much-needed national dialogue.
At the end of her interview, Roseanne, who is actually known for her left-leaning politics, remarked that she doesn't support Trump 100% of the time. Relatedly, she also added that is not and never will be an "apologist" for the president, with whom she often disagrees on substantive issues.
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