Back in the day, actress and comedian Roseanne Barr had an unexpected hit of a television show depicting the life and times of a blue collar work-a-day family in America’s rust belt. Then, as now, those people are very much the forgotten ones of flyover country, the workers who lost jobs when it was cheaper to manufacture overseas, and those who simply did not have the aptitude or means to go to school to obtain a white collar job.
Those were the same sorts of people who flocked to Donald Trump during the 2016 presidential election campaign.
And those are the people Roseanne seeks to give voice to with a re-boot of her television series coming next fall.
In her pre-reboot interview with ABC, Roseanne not only defended her support for Donald Trump, she makes no apologies for the current president, even though she believes the president says a lot of “crazy s***.”
“I’m not a Trump apologist. There are a lot of things he’s said and done that I don’t agree with, just like there are a lot of things Hillary Clinton has said and done that you don’t agree with. Nobody is brainwashed into agreeing with 100 percent of what anybody says,” Barr told reporters.
But that doesn’t mean her TV character, Roseanne, who is famously representative of the “forgotten” demographics Trump appealed to in the 2016 campaign – disaffected blue collar Americans, in rural and mid-western states, who have struggled since jobs have moved overseas, and who deal firsthand with major American issues, like the opioid epidemic – will ignore the political landscape. In fact,
Barr says, the character of Roseanne will be unabashedly pro-Trump.
“It’s just realistic,” she explained. “I have always attempted to portray a realistic portrait of the American people and working class people. And, in fact, it was working class people that elected Trump so I felt that was very real and something that needed to be discussed.”
It is very much something that needs to be discussed since the mainstream media is hell-bent on the narrative that Donald Trump is alienating his base when nothing could be further from the truth.
The discussion also needs to illumine the American people who are so disdained by the coastal elites. The middle of the country is in no way dead, but the problems of living out on the fruited plain are not addressed by those who think they know better. President Donald Trump, on the other hand, is at least willing to listen.
That is part of Roseanne’s point. Now the question is how appealing her message will be to those who need to hear it.