Roseanne Barr has hit the media circuit to promote the revival of “Roseanne,” the hit television series that she created and starred in. Barr explained during a panel why she chose to make the titular character of her show a supporter of U.S. President Donald Trump.
In May 2017, ABC announced that it would revive “Roseanne” for a limited return season. The network had corralled the entirety of the original show’s core cast to return as the working-class Conner family, including John Goodman, Sara Gilbert, Laurie Metcalf, Michael Fishman, Lecy Goranson, Sarah Chalke and Barr herself, according to the Chicago Tribune.
“The Conners’ joys and struggles are as relevant — and hilarious — today as they were then, and there’s really no one better to comment on our modern America than Roseanne,” said ABC Entertainment President Channing Dungey at the time.
“Roseanne” originally ran from 1988 until 1997, becoming the most-watched show in the U.S. during its ratings peak. Barr received an Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series Emmy award for her role as Roseanne Conner in 1993.
The new season will debut on March 27, Variety reports.
On Jan. 8, Barr and other producers of the series elaborated on their plans for the Conner family at the ABC Television Critics Association press tour panel in Pasadena, California. Barr was asked why she decided to make her character a Trump supporter.
“I’ve always tried to have [the show] be a true reflection of the society we live in,” Barr responded, according to Vulture. “Half the people voted for Trump and half didn’t. It’s just realistic.”
Barr added: “I’ve always attempted to portray a realistic portrait of American working-class people and, in fact, it was working-class people who elected Trump, so I felt that was very real and something that needed to be discussed.”
Exit polls from the 2016 election found that former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton won the majority of votes of Americans who made less than $50,000 per year, while Trump won all of the economic brackets above that level, according to The New York Times.
Gilbert, who is an executive producer for the new season, said that the Conner family would clash over their disparate political views.
“It was a great opportunity to have a family divided by politics but still full of a lot of love,” Gilbert said.
Barr, who has been an outspoken supporter for Trump on social media, said that she had set aside her Twitter account to avoid distractions for the series.
“He says a lot of crazy s**t,” Barr said of the president. “There are a lot of things that he’s said and done that I don’t agree with. There’s probably a lot of things Hillary Clinton has done and said that you don’t agree with.”
In August 2017, Dungey signaled that the revival season of “Roseanne” would not delve deeply into modern politics.
“We’re addressing issues like foreclosure, how difficult it is for people to get health insurance,” Dungey told IndieWire. “We’re talking topics in a bigger, broader way, but not necessarily talking about occupants in the White House.”