The new "Roseanne", debuting March 27, reunites Barr with John Goodman, Laurie Metcalf, Sara Gilbert and other original cast members. "Of course I love Oprah like everybody else", Barr said when asked about the daytime TV mogul's now-famous speech.
Roseanne Barr's own political beliefs have been very well-documented, and at TCA today there was an at-times passionate discussion about politics.
This was a detail that Barr believed was very important to include if she wanted it to be a "true reflection of the society we live in". "Half the people voted for Trump and half didn't, so it's just realistic". In the revival of Roseanne, Barr's character will be a Trump voter.
We'll see what happens when Roseanne actually premieres later this season, but we wonder just how many viewers from both sides of the political spectrum will be tuning in to hear that message. "My show has always been. a realistic portrait of the American people and of working-class people and in fact it was working-class people that elected Trump, so I felt like that was very real and something that needed to be discussed, especially about polarization in the family and people actually hating other people for the way they voted, which I feel is not American, so I wanted to bring it right down the middle and we did".
Barr was pushed to defend her character's support for Trump in light of what a reporter called his racism and xenophobia. "I think it was time for us as a country to shake things up and, you know, try something different", Roseanne said. "And I did run in 2012", she said. I'm not a Trump apologist.
"Well, that's your opinion", she said, adding, "Well, he says a lot of insane shit ..." "I was anxious that people wouldn't want to touch [Roseanne], that everybody was proud of it and wanted to leave it alone and not risk anything", Gilbert said. "Nobody is brainwashed into agreeing with 100 percent or what anyone says let alone a politician or a candidate". "I think that's a great way to fight racism is that everybody has a job". The entire cast joined her, but almost all of the questions were directed at Barr, who discussed her personal politics and why she'd make a better president than Oprah.
Though she initially tried to avoid talking about politics during the panel, an odd move considering the subject matter of the reboot, Barr eventually addressed the Trump of it all at the panel's increased prompting.