Roseanne Destroys Her Legacy

30 Mar

Roseanne has turned into Sarah.

I truly loved the original Roseanne series. During the Bush Sr. years, 1989-1993, (Bush who raised taxes, what a novel idea. Who do I need to strangle? The current Republicans are making me defend Bush Sr.!) we were in a significant recession and jobs were hard to come by.  There were no television shows that reflected Americans struggling with issues of money, paying the mortgage, unemployment, food, birth control, race, homosexuality, abortion, and body image. Truly, Roseanne was a revolutionary.

What happened? In an era of rebooted television series such as Will & Grace and the amazing One Day at a Time, Roseanne, unlike the other two reboots, neglected to become relevant. In fact, the reboot of Roseanne only serves to reinforce a dominant narrative of wealthy white heterosexuality. Roseanne’s use of this platform to bash Hillary Clinton and support 45 serves only as an insult to people who experience poverty and nothing but vile racism, misogyny, homophobia, and classism in ways that are so overwhelming that the United States is truly experiencing what I call 45 Fatigue Syndrome.

While we did give the show a try, I was sadly disappointed. The show is relies on a great deal of nostalgia, but lacks any sense of awareness or sensitivity or poignancy. The only poignant moment is when Jackie says: “All the weight you lost was the good Roseanne,” not a truer sentence said. Sadly, Roseanne has become the soulless sycophant that is Sarah Huckabee Sanders. But even more pathetic is that the show just wasn’t funny, and that is perhaps one of the most dangerous flaws of all for a comedy.

If you want relevant television that is ground breaking and reflective, I suggest you turn off Roseanne and start watching the reboot of One Day at a Time, or watch the envelope pushing The Good Fight. These are shows that are far more reflective and resist the white supremacist paradigm of 45 and the entire GOP currently. I know that during my recuperationOne Day at a Time, The Good Fight, Will & Grace, and The Crown are getting me through.

Finally, watching the reboot of Roseanne serves only to reinforce all that is currently wrong and inequitable in our country right now–it only normalizes Trump and Pence and their collective agenda. I ask that you RESIST and not normalize hate.

20 Responses to “Roseanne Destroys Her Legacy”

  1. gailgott March 30, 2018 at 8:51 am #

    So glad to see you posting again. And as always, your remarks are valued.

    Misspellings courtesy of my iPhone.

  2. Nicole March 30, 2018 at 3:47 pm #

    I am feeling that fatigue. I think this is exactly right.

    • Michael Hulshof-Schmidt March 31, 2018 at 9:09 am #

      Hi Nicole, I am sorry that you too are feeling the fatigue. I hope you are finding strength in solidarity and resistance. Peace, Michael.

      • Nicole March 31, 2018 at 9:27 am #

        Absolutely! This community and the courageous young activists emerging with raised voices and fists – both are a source of encouragement in the see otherwise ugly times.

      • Michael Hulshof-Schmidt March 31, 2018 at 10:28 am #

        Yes, the youth that are motivating us all bring tears to my eyes.

  3. evelyneholingue March 30, 2018 at 5:10 pm #

    I have never watched Roseanne fist show because I wasn’t living in the U.S. yet, but I’ve heard a lot about the new show. Which I don’t plan to watch.
    On the other hand, I am glad to read your post since it means that you must feel better.

    • Michael Hulshof-Schmidt March 31, 2018 at 9:08 am #

      Hi Evelyne, You are not missing anything with this reboot. Thank you for your kind words. Yes, I am feeling stronger everyday. Peace, Michael.

    • Michael Hulshof-Schmidt March 31, 2018 at 9:08 am #

      Hi Evelyne, You are not missing anything with this reboot. Thank you for your kind words. Yes, I am feeling stronger everyday. Peace, Michael.

  4. Dr. Rex March 30, 2018 at 5:49 pm #

    Reblogged this on It Is What It Is and commented:
    In total agreement … ‘watching the reboot of Roseanne serves only to reinforce all that is currently wrong and inequitable in our country right now–it only normalizes Trump and Pence and their collective agenda.’

    • Michael Hulshof-Schmidt March 31, 2018 at 9:11 am #

      Horty, thank you for reblogging this article. Yes, I feel so betrayed by Roseanne for supporting 45 and the GOP. I do find strength in being in community with you and all the other lovely forces of resistance! Much love to you, Michael.

      • Dr. Rex March 31, 2018 at 9:28 am #

        Much love back!! To you and yours … ❤️❤️ this nightmare has to soon be over!!

      • Michael Hulshof-Schmidt March 31, 2018 at 10:29 am #

        Yes, Let us hope Mueller pulls down 45, Pence, and the entire administration.

      • Dr. Rex March 31, 2018 at 11:48 am #

        Yes!! Count me in … I can barely take it anymore!! Arrghh …

    • Michael Hulshof-Schmidt March 31, 2018 at 9:14 am #

      Thank you for reblogging this, Horty. Yes, I feel quite betrayed by Roseanne. I am so grateful for you and all of our community who resist 45 and the GOP. all my love, Michael.

      • Dr. Rex March 31, 2018 at 9:27 am #

        Love you back!! You’re most welcome … ❤️🙏🏽❤️

  5. trp2011 March 30, 2018 at 6:50 pm #

    Nice to see you back! Nel

  6. bevanyardleigh April 3, 2018 at 9:58 am #

    I could not agree with you more. Roseanne has become a shrill shill for Trumpism, abandoning cutting-edge comedy and insight for a dull rant. The attempts at balance are limp at best, failing to stand up against her unthinking biases.
    I’m sure there’s a way to create an interesting show about the political divide and its very real impact on families, but this sure isn’t it.

    • Michael Hulshof-Schmidt April 3, 2018 at 12:44 pm #

      Well said, Bevan. I do think there is a real missed opportunity in addressing the conflict and tension 45 fatigue has created and to address it using comedy, but Roseanne has so missed the mark. Peace, Michael.

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