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Roseanne Joke About Black and Asian People Sparks Writer to Go On Angry Twitter Rant

ABC's 'Roseanne' reboot was sure to be controversial, given the matriarch of the fictitious Connor family is a Donald Trump supporter. It's not surprising, then, that a mere mention of other races by the show's titular character sparked accusations of racism.

The writer of 'Bob's Burgers' jumped on Twitter to send off a string of tweets about why the comment was bad.

In April, on one episode of 'Roseanne', Roseanne and her husband, Dan, had fallen asleep watching ABC, the network on which their own show is broadcast. They fell asleep during 'Wheel of Fortune' and woke up hours later during 'Jimmy Kimmel Live!'

Dan seemed annoyed, claiming, "We missed all the shows about black and Asian families."

He doesn't mention the show by name, but it's a good guess that he meant 'Black-ish', a show about an upper-class African-American family, and 'Fresh Off the Boat', an show about an Asian family who moved from Chinatown in Washington, D.C. to Orlando, Florida.

When Dan complains about missing the shows, Roseanne shoots back, "They're just like us. There, now you're all caught up."

Kelvin Yu, the Emmy-nominated writer of 'Bob's Burgers', jumped on social media to complain.

"Here's why the Roseanne joke about 'missing all the shows about Black and Asian families' matters," Yu explained in a series of tweets.

"At the very least, it's reductive and belittling, as if to say those shows are nothing more than 'Black' and 'Asian' in their existence. But the real kicker is when Roseanne says: 'They're just like us. There, now you're all caught up.' Which implies that the point of any show about a minority family is simply to normalize them. That's it. The stories, the humor, the characters … not important."

"Then you take ALLLLLL of that and put it in the mouth of an avowed Trump supporter (not the actress — the CHARACTER of Roseanne) and you have one stinky little shit sandwich of a joke that ABC allowed to be served in their own restaurant," continued Yu.

"It's a big deal. Do I think the characters Roseanne and Dan watch Black-ish or Fresh Off The Boat? Of course not. Do I think they'd say something PC about them? Probably not. But the point is, they didn't HAVE to say ANYTHING. They didn't have to write that joke at all. It's not even a joke."

"Here's my point: they rebooted a beloved 90s sitcom & updated the main character to be a Trump voter under the pretense that it was a realistic portrayal of the white working class. Then in ep 2, they depict her LITERALLY SLEEPING through stories about people of color," Yu concluded. "I'm not saying it's inaccurate to have her do this. I actually think it's TOO accurate (and also not that funny?). Maybe next week, Dan and Roseanne explain to their grandchildren that Santa and Sandy Hook are both fake and we can all just laugh and laugh."

Yu's Twitter feed is riddled with anti-Trump comments and memes, so it's pretty safe to assume that the writer is triggered by Trump supporters like Roseanne. But ABC is standing by the show.

Entertainment President Channing Dungey of ABC said to reporters, "I was a little surprised, to be honest, by the reaction to that line."

"We felt writers were looking to tip a hat to those shows," Dungey explained. "It certainly wasn’t meant to offend. I do stand by the Roseanne writers. I think they were expressing the point of view of the Connors, and what they would have actually said. We do similar things on our other shows. We’re very clear on Black-ish about how many opinions are voiced by Dre Johnson."s

Source: Daily Mail
Photos: Variety

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