Roseanne Barr told reporters gathered for Monday’s Television Critics Association Winter Press Tour event that her namesake character on the forthcoming revival of “Roseanne” is a supporter of President Donald Trump, much like herself.
So ‘Roseanne’ is going to feature a Trump-supporting character?
During a Q&A portion of the event, Barr explained to reporters that it just makes “sense” for her character, Roseanne Conner, to be a Trump supporter, as the show is based on the life of an average, working-class American family.
“It’s just realistic,” Barr said, adding that she’s always “attempted to portray a realistic portrait of the American people and working-class people.”
“It was working-class people that elected Trump so I felt 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,” the entertainer explained.
Did she say anything about actually being a Trump supporter herself?
The Q&A segment eventually became personal, and Barr found herself defending her decision to vote for Trump in the 2016 presidential election.
“I think it was time for us, as a country, to shake things up and try something different,” Barr said of her decision to vote for Trump over Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton.
The entertainer acknowledged that she’s not a “Trump apologist” and said that there are things that the president has said and done that she doesn’t necessarily agree with, but she still supports him.
Barr later added that a “great way to fight racism is helping everybody get a job.”
“The one great thing that I read today is that this is the lowest unemployment level for many, many years,” she said. “So I think that’s great and I do support jobs for people.”
She concluded, “I think it’s the time to close ranks, and I would really like to see an end to ‘hatriotism’ in this country.”
What have others said about the resurrected show’s political slant?
“Roseanne” showrunner Bruce Helford revealed that politics have divided the Conner family for the 2017 revival.
“It hasn’t been established that Dan [John Goodman] voted for Trump — I don’t think he voted,” Helford told reporters during Monday’s TCA Winter Press Tour. “We wanted to find a way for this particular family, which represents a full cross-section of values and beliefs, to get that debate going in a very honest way.”
Sara Gilbert, who portrays one of Barr’s daughters, Darlene, on the show — and is also an executive producer of the show – described the on-screen family as one that is “divided by politics but still is filled with love.”
“This is a time when our country is divided,” Gilbert said. “We talk about this [politics] in the context of a family. People feel like they can’t disagree and still love and talk to each other. It’s a great opportunity to have a family divided by politics but is still filled with love. What a great thing to bring into this country right now.”
“Roseanne” — which originally aired from 1988-1997 — has been revived for a brand-new season and will premiere at 8 p.m. March 27 on ABC.
Many major former cast members — with the exception of Glenn Quinn (Mark Healy), who passed away in 2002 — have signed on for the reboot.