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I have to admit I was a fan of the reboot of “Roseanne”.   I thought the writing was good and I liked the characters, which is usually uncommon for me and reboots.  I was also impressed as to how the show did not oversimplify major issues and showed the characters were capable of growth and keeping an open mind.   

For example in one episode where John Goodman’s character (Dan) was distraught over being underbid due to another contractor who hired illegal aliens to get the low bid, Goodman did not blame the illegals,  he blamed the person who hired him.

And at the end of this season, the show began to address opioid abuse as it was revealed Rosanne was addicted to pain pills, and Dan was torn over whether he would have to hire illegals so he could underbid other contractors so he could afford to pay for Rosanne’s surgery.

It was pretty good television.  And like a lot of good things, it doesn’t take much to screw things up.

When Roseanne tweeted that former Obama administration aide Valarie Jarrett was a mix between the Muslim Brotherhood and the Planet of the Apes, it was pretty clear someone was not going to be back next season.  It turns out that someone was everyone.

Roseanne apologized. Several cast members said they would not be back.  And ABC canceled the show. And this has now led to the social media storm of people who say Roseanne was always a racist and defenders who come back with the line, “but what about when (fill in the blank) said (fill in the other blank)”

For me this pretty simple,  if you’re going to say stupid stuff, you better be willing to deal with the consequences.  The First Amendment and right to free speech protect you from the government, not your employer.  

Of course, there is a certain amount of irony that some of the same people who think NFL players should be fired for kneeling during the national anthem were some of Roseanne’s biggest social media supporters.  And some of the Roseanne’s biggest detractors are some of the same people who were the biggest supporters of NFL players taking a knee. Which once again reminds me that hypocrisy can be consistent at times.

Oh well, at least I will have my reruns.  And who knows, maybe Roseanne and Bill Cosby will find a home on the USA Network.  And the show can be produced by Harvey Weinstein. I have to go clean out my DVR now.


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