Writer Jared Yates Sexton claimed on Twitter over the weekend that “multiple people at ABC” are uncomfortable with the “propagandist nature” of the “Roseanne” reboot and feel that the project is “meant to monetize Trump’s base”:
In the wake of my Roseanne article I've been contacted by multiple people at ABC who've told me there's a real discomfort among many of the employees with the propagandist nature of the reboot and a feeling that the project is meant to monetize Trump's base.
— Jared Yates Sexton (@JYSexton) March 31, 2018
Sexton is not fan of the show, writing that the reboot “ignores the very real racism of many white working-class families”:
— Jared Yates Sexton (@JYSexton) March 30, 2018
Roseanne Barr was having none of that, however, and fired back at Sexton, asking him to name which episodes the ABC employees were uncomfortable about. Barr then went on to outline upcoming shows that don’t seem to have anything to do with the Trump-Clinton storyline from the pilot episode:
oh, really? which episode r they uncomfortable about? the one where we get a dog or my mom gets a boyfriend or I drive for uber or darlene gets a new job or david comes back? which ones monetize trump's base?
— Roseanne Barr (@therealroseanne) April 1, 2018
Sexton didn’t give any examples other than the episode that’s already aired:
The one where your character’s support of Donald Trump was framed simply as an economic choice. They have real concern this is sanitizing a really problematic worldview and dismissing the inherent bigotry. https://t.co/JN8lGIDxOf
— Jared Yates Sexton (@JYSexton) April 1, 2018
Has Sexton not been paying attention? Saying every Trump voter has “inherent bigotry” is “the best way to guarantee more Trump”:
Using terms like "Inherent bigotry" is definitely the best way to guarantee more Trump. https://t.co/WHcfdbdKdN
— neontaster 🚟 (@neontaster) April 1, 2018
And as for Sexton’s original tweet, what wrong with making money off an “underserved audience”?
Show attempts to appeal to underserved audience, liberals see grand conspiracy.
— Derek Hunter (@derekahunter) April 2, 2018
People who voted for Trump don't deserve to enjoy television shows. https://t.co/qRm0UXyMo0
— Megan McArdle (@asymmetricinfo) April 1, 2018
ABC employees shocked their for profit employer seeks to create and maintain revenue stream. This is a real clinic in how privileged and sheltered some folks are that we're getting https://t.co/zzdnMwytpH
— Ed K (@edkrayewski) March 31, 2018
They really are, aren’t they?
Such fragile, ridiculous people. https://t.co/ScVKswWMMb
— Chad Felix Greene (@chadfelixg) April 2, 2018