Published: Wed, January 10, 2018
Culture&Arts | By Merle Christensen

How Roseanne revival is addressing politics in a different way than most

How Roseanne revival is addressing politics in a different way than most

It's not an entirely unfair subject matter, since Roseanne Conner, on the show, is revealed to have voted for Trump. And according to series creator Roseanne Barr, they're keeping up with the times: Her character will be a Trump supporter.

Roseanne will premiere March 27 on ABC.

Dan Conner's resuscitation will be jarring for longtime Roseanne fans when the ABC sitcom returns this spring-but not, perhaps, as surprising as the Conner family's politics.

"The Roseanne show, I've always tried to have it be a true reflection of the society we live in".

"It was the working-class people who elected Trump", Barr said Monday while promoting the sitcom at a Television Critics Association event in Pasadena, Calif.

The show's character doesn't seem to stray too far from the actress who portrays her. "And we wanted to get that debate going in a very honest way, a very real way". Roseanne didn't address that incident but told the panel that her family has done a social media intervention of sorts, and she will temporarily be refraining from using Twitter for the sake of the show.

The cast from ABC "Roseanne", TV show on the TCA Winter Press Tour, Jan. 8, 2018, in Los Angeles. "There's no agenda on anybody's part but to get honest feelings out there, and within a family that's relatable", Helford said.

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"I love Oprah, like everybody else", she said.

"We had a lot of discussions in the very beginning about all of our beliefs, about all the things we feel and issue by issue, you know, things we were going to decide what to deal with on the show", Helford said. She then added, "I'm not a Trump apologist, and there are a lot of things he's said and done that I don't agree with, like there's probably a lot of things that Hillary Clinton done and said that you don't agree with".

When asked about her thoughts on liberal actress/activist Susan Sarandon, Roseanne shot back with some humor and left the panel guessing. "Actually", she continued, "I think I would be a better president than Oprah or Susan Sarandon, possibly even President Trump".

Comedy veteran Barr, who made her own White House bid in 2012 as the Peace and Freedom Party's nominee, also said Monday that she would likely be a superior commander in chief than the current president.

Although Barr's castmates - including John Goodman, Sara Gilbert, Laurie Metcalf, etc. - were seated next to her on the dais, reporters targeted most of their questions at Roseanne.

"Jackie" will play a Hillary voter who argues with Roseanne over politics.

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