ABC's "Roseanne" is one of the few shows on television that features a family supporting President Trump. However, according to Fox News, Trump supporters shouldn't get too used to seeing Roseanne talk about politics on her show.
ABC entertainment president Channing Dungey has officially banned "Roseanne" from remaining overtly political in the second season. This is a reversal of the strategy promoted by the company only months ago, which believed it prudent and even desirable to air an overtly Trump supporting family on their television network.
Dungey claims that the show will lean away from politics during the next season. This has led many conservatives to express disappointment with the company for its decision. Matt Drudge, for example, tweeted that "corporate cannibals" are simply "stripping Roseanne of her fun."
In a recent interview with Jimmy Fallon, Roseanne Barr made is very clear that she doesn't care that people are angry she's supporting President Trump, according to Fox News.
"Oh yeah, people are mad about that," she said, after being asked about her support for President Trump. "But you know, I don't care."
Roseanne Barr has been very open and proud that her character is a working-class Trump supporter.
“I mean, everybody had to choose for themselves, according to their own conscience, who they felt was the lesser of two evils,” she said of the 2016 election. “You know, everybody chose that, so I’m not going to put anybody down who didn’t vote like me. This is America, it’s a free country, and when you weigh it all together, I just felt like we needed a whole new thing. All the way. Bottom to top.”
Sara Gilbert, who plays Darlene on the television show, clarified in a separate interview that the Connors is not a pro-Trump family, and the television show is not intended to be "pro-Trump." Rather, she says, the show intends to display what happens when politics divide a family.
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 fighting about who they voted for, and in some cases dislike each other because somebody voted for Trump and another person didn't.
Through comedy, hopes Barr, Americans will be able to grow closer together, and at the very least, Americans of different political persuasions will be able to understand each other a little bit better.
Barr 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 civility.
"Roseanne" debuted to tremendous ratings for ABC earlier this year. Reports are claiming that 18.1 million viewers watched the television show. Barr plays a Trump supporter on the show who clashes politically with her pro-Hillary family. The actress was also a Trump supporter in real life, too, despite running for president in the Green Party and holding progressive social and economic views.
When asked by Fox News, ABC did not respond when pressed about changing the network's approach to "Roseanne."
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