Millions of people fell in love with Roseanne Barr when her show first came on the air years ago. And now that ABC plans to revive the program this March, millions of people are eagerly waiting to see what Roseanne has to say. But she is already being forced to defend herself for her pro-Trump political beliefs.
Roseanne is a Trump supporter. And she wants her character to be a Trump supporter on the television show as well. And because her political beliefs are the opposite of most Hollywood stars, she has been forced to defend herself before the show has even gone on the air.
Roseanne believes that making her character a Trump supporter makes sense because she wants to represent the average working white American family.
“It’s just realistic,” she said.
But Roseanne has never been one to shy away from controversy. So she continued by saying:
“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.”
Barr spoke about her support for Trump and her intention to make the Roseanne revival one of the few pro-Trump programs in the sea of liberal prime-time shows during Monday’s Television Critics Association Winter Press Tour.
As reporters and fans slammed her with questions during the Q-and-A, she defended her choice to vote Trump and her decision to make the character on the television show a Trump supporter.
“I think it was time for us, as a country, to shake things up and try something different,” she said, echoing one of the most popular reasons people voted Trump in 2016.
Barr supports President Trump completely although she disagrees with many things he says.
“He says a lot of crazy s*** but I mean… I’m not a Trump apologist. There are a lot of things he has said and done that I don’t agree with.”
Roseanne Barr also said that a lot of people she knows who voted for Hillary Clinton felt the same way she does about Trump.
“It’s always a lesser of two evils, and we always have to face our own conscience of how we deal with that.”
The show’s executive producer Bruce Helford echoed Roseanne’s comments and said the show would host many political issues as topics for the program.
“We had a lot of discussions about all of our beliefs,” the executive producer said. “We had to find a way for this particular family… to get that debate going in a very honest way and a very real way. So whether you were pro-Trump or anti-Trump, it was really about getting that dialogue going in an honest way.”
Helford wants viewers to know that while the show is pro-Trump, “there’s no agenda.”
The show starts on March 27. Roseanne reunites with John Goodman, Laurie Metcalf, Sara Gilbert, and many other original cast members.
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