First things first, I’m not much of a Roseanne fan. My first awareness of her was decades ago when, I suppose, in an attempt at humor, she screeched the national anthem at I believe a baseball game. I never really watched her show the first time around, and I haven’t seen an episode of the new Roseanne show.
All the same, it doesn’t make sense for her to have to step aside after making a really stupid tweet off the ABC timeclock. If the NFL outed every single player that did something stupid off their team’s timeclock they’d have to cancel the 2018-2019 season.
As tempting as it is to enumerate every single instance in which a left-leaning entertainment personality has said or done horrific things and faced no real sanction for it (Peter Fonda comes to mind), you can read about that stuff here, there, and everywhere. So let’s dig a little deeper shall we?
ABC is going to re-reboot Rosanne. In some ways, this is a good thing. It means that the somewhere between one and two hundred employees that actually make the TV show happen don’t have to find new jobs. They have at least one more filming season of employment to look forward to. For those of you that have never seen all that goes on behind the scenes of a TV show make no mistake, there are literally dozens and dozens of hard-working men and women that literally bust their tails to make it all come together. Carpenters. Electricians. Transportation. Countless jobs all at work in a very rapid fire sequence of events with little margin for error or delay.
And, Hollywood has lots of experience taking great shows and creating spinoffs that sometimes work, and sometimes don’t. The legendary All in The Family and Happy Days generated no less than five and six spinoffs respectively, some were successful and some less so. The legendary Andy Griffith Show generated Gomer Pyle U.S.M.C and Mayberry R.F.D. , one successful and one not so much. Same with Cheers – who hasn’t seen Frasier and who has seen The Tortellis? Did you even know The Tortellis was a TV show? (I was in 11th grade back when it aired and have a vague recollection of the show…nothing in that vague recollection is positive).
So there’s a chance ABC will come up with some clever way to write Roseanne out of her show, and continue on to enjoy incredible success in the current TV entertainment environment. There’s a chance they’ll write Roseanne out of her show and concoct something that sucks.
ABC’s rolled serious dice here. Therein lies the issue.
In the name of virtue signaling or political correctness or whatever one wants to call it these days, ABC has one upped Starbucks (who shut down for a day so rapper Common could lecture baristas about racial sensitivity – sounds like something from the TV show The Office doesn’t it?). ABC has taken an incredibly successful TV show (in this day and age in which there are thousands of TV channels to watch that all compete with Netflix, Roku, and other services, Roseanne broke viewership records), and wagered that whatever comes next will enjoy similar success on ideological grounds.
That’s what this amounts to. The only reason Roseanne will be written off Roseanne is because she failed to reflect acceptable ideology. Think about it. Had Roseanne mocked Melania Trump’s accent she’d be in the show today. Had Roseanne fantasized as Peter Fonda recently did, about things I won’t repeat here but will note that if you or I tweeted them we’d be in jail, ABC would have extended the series out a year or two more.
But Roseanne spoke outside of ideological bounds. For that, the vast collusion of left-wing political figures and the media has decided Roseanne must be silenced in exactly the same way Stalin air-brushed his political enemies out of photographs.
If I were Roseanne, I’d take my ware online and directly challenge the hegemony.
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