Popular actor-director Rob Reiner has claimed that ABC's "Roseanne" is a "megaphone" for the "lunatic fringe" of America.
The director claims that Roseanne Barr has "tremendous power" to use her social media platform and new television show to push for Trump's political message to millions of Americas. As a result, he believes that she has the ability to undermine American democracy.
“You have your Fox News and Sinclair and Breitbart and Infowars — which used to be considered and thought of as the lunatic fringe — have now become the mainstream media,” Reiner said, adding that, “truthful journalists, people who are pursuing the truth, are diminished.”
“Democracy,” Reiner contends, “is really in trouble.”
According to Breitbart News, Reiner believes that Roseanne Barr is helping to fight the "last civil war" of this country. In this regard, believes Reiner, Roseanne is providing a platform for "white supremacists" who can trace their intellectual heritage to pro-slavery advocates in the Civil War.
“They’re now invading us," said Reiner, referring to sinister "lunatics" on the right, "and you guys in the mainstream media seeking the truth are really fighting an uphill battle. This is a real battle right here for the soul of democracy.”
Reiner's hostility toward the new ABC reboot displays the partisanship prominent in American politics at the moment, especially since "Roseanne" is far from being extremely conservative. To the contrary, Roseanne Barr hopes to promote dialogue between Trump and Hillary supporters, and hopes that her show will do something to bring the country together.
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 Barr revealed last week that she chatted with President Trump about her new television show and the smashing success it received during its opening night.
According to The Hill, Trump called the comedian and actress to congratulate her following the premiere of her self-titled sitcom.
"Roseanne" debuted to tremendous ratings for ABC on Tuesday. 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.
“We just kind of had a private conversation, but we talked about a lot of things and he’s just happy for me,” Barr said.
The New York Times writes that the call was confirmed by Sarah Huckabee Sanders, the White House press secretary. They also write that another person familiar with the call writes that President Trump was personally excited that the television show had such great ratings.
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