How Roseanne Barr abandoned all motives and embraced the Alt-Right

Everyone loves a reboot of the 90s. In a period of political turmoil and increasingly terrifying news, the only thing more comforting than a classic replica of the 90s is a series revival. It is a programming offer that focuses on name recognition and nostalgia; the hypothesis that anyone over 25 has a stealthy desire to make a slap bracelet and revisit sitcoms from past years.

In May, ABC confirmed it Roseannethe beloved TV comedy would join the ranks of the 90’s reboots (along with fan favorites like Will & Grace, Twin peaks, is The X-Files). Unlike some of his outdated sitcom colleagues, the revival with Roseanne Barr and John Goodman promises to be quite current. when Roseanne first introduced in 1988, it was announced for its honest representation of a working-class family struggling to make ends meet in the Midwest. At the time, creating a sitcom on a less than aspirational household was a risk. But in 2017, with executives competing openly on the Trumpster demography, a TV show about a “normal American family” (read: whites who may or may not read InfoWars) is a new generation product. According to an ABC announcement on the reboot, “The Conner family will continue to face the economic challenges of controlling living wages to pay the check in 2018.”

Roseanne Barr, the revolutionary female comedy behind the sitcom, seems well aware that her reboot is riding a Trumpian wave. Page six Barr reported that he was listened to at the beginning of ABC discussing how the presidential election results revived the series. Presumably, Goodman remarked to his co-star that “I never thought we would be back in a million years,” to which Barr replied, “I did. As soon as I saw the election results, I realized that we would be back. ” Let’s take a minute to absorb the irony of Donald Trump who is actually bringing American jobs back, not for the working class, but for the famous actors who play them on TV.

Like a fun and accessible vision of a much discussed demographic: think Hillbilly Elegy, but with more laughter: the Roseanne rebooting has a lot of potential. After all, the original series changed television for the better, with a realistic American family, financial problems, credible gay characters and overweight protagonists who weren’t written as jokes. In addition, the sitcom focused the voice of a female comic at a time when TV shows often did not present – let alone the star – complicated female characters. Given RoseanneThe legacy of bringing under-amplified voices to the fore, the awakening of the sitcom could actually be a force of forward movement (as opposed to a stagnant nostalgia fest) – an honest, empathic representation that goes deeper than the bass stump of a selfish political speech on the American working class.

Roseanne never shunned by political disillusionment or just outrage, and Barr has promised that this new awakening will be the same with no holds barred. Before Roseanne 2.0 Barr has been officially announced, Barr has tweeted that “Of course I want to do a restart of Roseanne, the new political reality in our country will make big jokes!” Of course, you could assume that the comic book turned into an aspiring candidate for the Green Party presidency alluded to Trump’s jokes: finding humor in a president who seems determined to ruin huge swathes of his poor and working-class supporters. Instead, a deep dive into Barr (d) ‘s evolving politics reveals that the beloved comedian might be a Trump supporter herself or, at least, deal with some conspiracy theories and hateful rhetoric that facilitated her rise to power .

To be clear: Roseanne Barr’s new policy and the current state of her Twitter feed punctuated by Breitbart don’t necessarily deny the contributions she made during her decade-long career. We can applaud Barr as a female television pioneer, while claiming that his current positions are not so good. After all, if you live long enough, you will see many of your childhood feminist idols be reduced to problematic favorites, even if few stars can compete with Barr’s only bad or wrong tricks.

Over the years, Barr’s policy has been … slippery. Her love for Israel, from time to time, made a mistake in Islamophobia and her contempt for politics as usual – a cornerstone of her own political campaign – seems to have inspired her to join a community of Trump fans who pretend to be conspiracy. While Barr has not formally endorsed any presidential candidate, he has made clear his feelings about Clinton, insisting that “Hillary is the owner of the press … people in this country are not allowed to say anything except that they love Hillary, or will be harassed. , especially on social media, until they leave or are ashamed of shame … Because if you don’t approve of Hillary, then you are anti-American, a racist, a sexist or whatever the name his robots launch. “Also, Barr said The Hollywood Reporter that, “We should be so lucky if Trump wins, because then he wouldn’t be Hillary.”

Barr’s alignment with Trumplandia seems less motivated by the president’s current policies, and more by the belief that politicians like the Clintons have ruined their constituents. As in Roseanne’s day, Barr is speaking for a constantly derided and neglected subsection of American society. A tweet from March, in which Barr he wrote, “Every single attack on @POTUS is actually a disguised attack on American voters who repelled Obama-Clinton-Bush’s bleeding of Obama’s treasure,” encapsulates the way Barr brought his voice position of the people on the edge of reason. Barr’s affinity for Trump – or at least for Trumpters – is undeniable. Retweet Kellyanne Conway laughing at her #Ossoff, takes from users with names like “Josey Cov fe’fe” and “Liberals are Icky”, and links that sell “Trump Mafia” shirts. Sometimes, he seems to have hired a very high right person, with remarks ranging from “#Intersectionality is a degenerate pseudo-philosophy of the false left” for “Moms don’t let your kids grow 2b libtard.”

And then there are the complete conspiracy theories. Barr retweeted InfoWars’ reports of the “5.7 million illegal” who claim unfoundedly voted in the presidential election. He shared a YouTube video titled “CONFIRMED: SCALISE IS AT THE SAME HOSPITAL THAT YOU HAVE SOON SETH RICH”, as well as various others Bulletins related to Seth Rich. He shared articles from The Gateway Pundit and Milo Yiannopoulos website, as well as videos from Alex Jones. She shared a link who promised to unveil “Kamala Harris’ Dirty Sex Secret”, and retweeted transphobic comments and pulled against alleged violent “Muslim migrants” who blare, “Americans don’t want these savages in our cities!”

If Barr’s evolution from political outsider to card-bearer Pepe is an understandable, though disturbing trajectory, of his positions on Israel mark a complete ideological 180. Before his acquisition of Trump on Twitter, Barr was perhaps the most notorious for a photo shoot in Heeb magazine titled “That Oven Feelin”. In filming, the Jew Barr introduced himself as “Hitler’s domestic goddess”, sporting her Nazi armband and pulling “burnt Jewish cookies” out of the oven. While the footage was finally pulled from the Heeb website, rest assured that the release of Roseanne’s Hitler really puts Kathy Griffin’s latest antics in perspective. Barr has long played fast and loose on accusations of Nazism; in 2009, he wrote a blog post in which he called Israel a “Nazi state”. Two years later, he considered the country a “brutal and undemocratic theocracy … which has the fourth largest army in the world”. He also denounced “the ethnic cleansing that is happening in Gaza right now”, continuing, “I say that it is the fault of the whole world, not just Israel and not only the Jews, for allowing the terrible crimes against humanity”.

But in recent years, Barr seems to have completely separated from his previous belief system; now Israeli critics, especially supporters of the BDS (the movement to boycott, divest and sanction Israel), are the Nazis. When UC Davis’ student government decided to approve BDS in 2015, Barr tweeted: “I hope all Jews leave UC Davis and then ruin themselves”, adding, “#NukeUCDavisJewHaters.” Second to Twitter receiptsBarr has experienced direct Islamophobia, tweeting about the “Islamic child pornography culture” and sharing tweets that identify Islam and Nazism. Not surprisingly, the lesser opinions of P.C. – and often downright offensive – have made her a number of virtual enemies, including Shaun King and Palestinian-American activist Linda Sarsour (Barr got to the point of Tweet that “Linda Sarsour = David Duke”).

Then there is the third category of views on Jewish / Israeli Roseanne Barr, those that are simply meaningless. In August 2016, Barr went on Twitter, writing: “Hillary Clinton is surrounded by hate Jews who make fun of the Holocaust and Jewish suffering, but her mkultra supporters call Trump a fanatic!” He also shared a link stating that “Hillary Clinton’s Jewish holder, Huma Weiner, is a dirty Nazi whore.” He concluded that, “Hillary will be Israel’s absolute death, will sell #nukes to Hamas next if the price is right [sic]”. Just a few days ago, Barr went to Twitter to say that “No Jew can truly tell the truth anywhere … No Jew can yet truly speak as a Jew. But the time will come. “

Barr has described herself as mentally ill in the past. In a 2011 Oprah interview, she told Winfrey that “I have had, and still somehow, have and will always have some mental illness,” explaining that she had been prescribed psychiatric medicine in the past … “And the drugs and the combination of drugs that were given to me, which were some strong and strong drugs, I totally lost touch with reality in a big, big way. ”

Despite assurances that the Roseanne the revival “is not about Trump”, it is difficult to imagine a iteration of the sitcom that is not an updated reflection of Barr herself. when Roseanne He returns in 2018, will once again attempt to speak to a population that is rarely represented in mainstream pop culture, perhaps drawing on a conspiracy id that many would like to see confined on Twitterverse. To Barr proper words, “J edgar comey, millions of” feminists “marching in support of female subordination and left-handed people who oppose Russia? Gr8 time 4my new / old TV show!”