The American Broadcast channel recently rebooted the famed 90’s sitcom Roseanne, the show made it’s debut on the network in mid march, and it has become a massive hit for the studio.
Millions of viewers have embraced the Roseanne redux, which has been celebrated for representing the white working class family, and providing a voice for an “underrepresented” portion of America.
Agree with that premise or not, the show has been a ratings bonanza, and will continue to be despite the criticism the reboot has engendered since it returned to the air.
The general backlash over the writing in regards to race relations has already made the program one of the most polarizing television shows in history.
The concern reached a crescendo this week after a scene on the most recent episode, in which Roseanne Barr’s character, and her fictionous husband made some off color remarks about minority led television shows.
The scene depicts the couple waking up in the latter stages of the evening after falling asleep watching early evening programming.
“It’s 11 p.m.,” Roseanne says. “We slept from Wheel [of Fortune] to Kimmel.”
“We missed all the shows about black and Asian families”.
“They’re just like us,” Roseanne responds. “There, now you’re all caught up.”
It’s worth noting that “Blackish” and “Fresh of the Boat”, two minority led ABC programs that air during primetime, seemed to be the butt of this “joke”
The scene offended viewers of the show, and citizens who don’t even watch the program on a regular basis.
In essense, “Roseanne” seemed to be denigrating minority led shows while also insulting racial progression.
The fact that “Roseanne” and ABC have gone out of their way to promote this latest version of the character as a card carrying Trump supporter only added another layer to the controversy.
Twitter meanwhile added another.
The backlash to the segment reached far, and wide, but none louder than filmmaker Kelvin Yu, who blasted the writing, the scene, and the show.
If the entire point of the new Roseanne is to provide commentary for the white working class while degrading minorities of the same station, then perhaps this wasn’t the best idea in the first place.
Some could perceive the relaunch of Roseanne as opportunistic, that the producers (and Roseanne) decided to cash in on the deteriorating race relations in this country, and felt they could ride that wave to incredible ratings while also inserting shock and awe to keep viewers coming back.
the nerve of roseanne to take potshots at black-ish and fresh off the boat. we never needed another roseanne. we DO need diversity on television.
— zoë owens (@punkrockzo) April 4, 2018
Perhaps that perception isn’t reality, but the show is among the most popular in the country, and it seems to be for all the wrong reasons.