“Roseanne” Is Back For The Trump Era

Ken AshfordPopular Culture, QAnon, Trump & AdministrationLeave a Comment

Last week, Roseanne Barr’s 90’s hit show, “Roseanne” got a reboot, and it was apparently just what people wanted, because it really racked up the ratings for the night, drawing an impressive 18 million viewers. The original cast (including the kids, now grown with kids of their own) are all there. So is Roseanne’s husband (played by John Goodman), even though he died in the last season of Roseanne (when nobody was watching anyway).

I saw the first two episodes in a repeat last night.  It was great to see the old characters and the addition of some new kids (including a young boy who likes to dress in feminine clothes). Roseanne was brought back as a Trump supporter who clashes with her sister Jackie, a Hillary supporter.  In the pilot, the sisters were reunited after being estranged after the 2016 election.

The response was such that after that reboot premiere, the network announced that it was being renewed for another season.

Not bad for a show that’s been out of the spotlight for over 20 years.

Our ratings-obsessed president even called Barr afterwards and congratulated her on her very good night.

It is interesting that Trump would glom on to this show. Roseanne Barr IS a Trump supporter in real life, but since the end of the first series, the world has brought us Twitter, 4Chan, InfoWars, chemtrails, and a host of other fringe conspiracy bandwagons that Barr has jumped on.

On Friday night, Roseanne Barr tweeted a bizarre message that no one seemed to understand.

“President Trump has freed so many children held in bondage to pimps all over this world. Hundreds each month. He has broken up trafficking rings in high places everywhere,” she wrote, adding he gets the benefit of the doubt from her.

It’s not the first time Barr has delved into conspiracy weirdness.

“who is Q?” Barr tweeted the morning of Nov. 17.

“tell Qanon to DM me in the nexxt 24 hours,” she tweeted hours later.

Yup.  Barr is apparently also part of the band of internet trolls who back “QAnon,” a 4Chan member posing as a high-level government official, claiming that President Trump is going to unleash any day now with a massive net that leads to the roundup and arrest of many top Democrats for participating in an underground, satanic, child sex-trafficking operation.

Remember the whole thing about the pizza parlor in Washington and the backroom child sex ring that wasn’t? That’s still going on, and Trump is about to ride in and save the day. At least, that’s what the denizens of 4Chan say.

And Roseanne Barr. Roseanne Barr believes that, and has fully embraced the QAnon internet idiocy.

What QAnon spouts is usually a lot of garbled nonsense, giving no specifics. He did set the natives into a frenzy by claiming John Podesta would be arrested on November 3, but that didn’t happen.

Last Friday she mysteriously tweeted out, “MKULTRA,” the name of a CIA mind-control program from the 1960s. No context.

She’s pushed the Trump-backed conspiracy theory about 5.7 million illegals voting in the 2016 election, as well as the Seth Rich murder hoax.

Barr’s own political ambitions were shot down in 2012, when she ran as a member of the Green Party, but lost the nomination to Jill Stein in the primary.

Now, if this association helps or hurts Barr’s show remains to be seen. How many 4Chan members are there, and how long can they keep a show that features a 10-year old crossdresser afloat?

You’d think conservatives would come out in droves against such indoctrination.

You’d think, but she’s a Trump supporter, so all the things that used to apply are apparently “flexible.”

The most interesting question, perhaps, is if she will bring her loony conspiracy theories into the show and how much power she has to sway viewers.