Nice Job, Roseanne: That Was Really Helpful
With the resurgent ratings monster that was ABC’s reboot of “Roseanne,” it seemed that – at long last – the television industry might be capable of putting on at least one show that wasn’t an anti-Trump tirade masquerading as entertainment.
Anyone who watched all the new episodes would be pleased to see a show that, while political at the edges, was not conservative or liberal or “Trumpish” in nature. It played things down the middle. It was real, in other words, much like the early years of the original incarnation. The new “Roseanne” was a little more Hollywoodish than those early episodes from the 1990s but there was still an authenticity about the Connors that’s missing from much of broadcast television. Suffice to say, it was not a sin of unimaginable depths for Dan Connor to refer to illegal immigrants as “illegals.” The show didn’t necessarily always approve of its main character’s views, but it didn’t come down on them in the ham-fisted way that we’re used to in the age of Trump. In the age of Liberalism Everywhere You Look. It was enormously refreshing and one of the few – perhaps only – genuine attempts at actually closing the divide between the Two Americas we hear so much about.
And now, thanks to its star/creator’s inability to discern a wise tweet from an exceedingly unwise one, it’s over as soon and suddenly as it was begun.
“Muslim Brotherhood & Planet of the Apes had a baby = VJ,” she wrote, referring to former aide to President Obama, Valerie Jarrett.
Now we can argue over whether the intent of this tweet was really “racist,” as everyone and their brother has claimed, but we can’t argue that it is generally assumed, in 2018, that if you compare a black woman to an ape, in any way, you’re going to have a bad day. So whether you’re inclined to give Roseanne the benefit of the doubt or not is immaterial; anyone with the sense God gave a goat would have known that a tweet like that was going to be THE END. And even in a world run amok with political correctness, we’re not exactly jumping to defend this one. This wasn’t political commentary; this was just schoolyard, indefensible bullying.
To give credit where it’s due, Roseanne has been contrite, apologizing profusely for the tweet and blaming it on Ambien. Knowing that there is literally no way that ABC is going to give her the show back, she could have just as easily doubled down; a glance at her Twitter history is enough to tell you that this is a woman who, to put it mildly, has no filter. It will also show you a woman who is not inclined to apologize for much.
We won’t add to the crescendo of (quite hysterical, in some cases) voices condemning Roseanne, ABC, and anyone who enjoyed the reboot of the show. If there’s one thing you can count on about the left, it’s that they’ll make a mountain out of a molehill.
We’ll just say we wish Roseanne had exercised a bit more judgement before sending that tweet and torpedoing her comeback. Her show was a light in the wilderness for millions of Americans who feel attacked by every corner of the media. We don’t doubt that the Powers-That-Be were eager to find a reason to pull the plug…but that didn’t compel Roseanne to give them one.