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Barr To Play Trump Supporter In New Version Of 'Roseanne'

Roseanne Barr’s personal opinion will shine through on her new television sitcom. According to People magazine, the actress said Monday at the Television Critics Association Winter Press Tour that she will portray a supporter of President Trump, just like herself.

Her character will be at odds politically with her on-screen husband. The ABC show, “Roseanne,” is scheduled to begin airing in March.

Referring to her previous long-running sitcom of the same name, the comedian explained: “My show has always been … I have always attempted to portray a realistic portrait of the American people and of (the) working class, you know, working-class people. And, in fact, it was working-class people who elected Trump.”

Barr continued: “So I felt that, yeah, that was very real, and something that needed to be discussed; and especially about polarization in the family, and people actually hating other people for the way they voted, which I feel is not American. I noticed in the ‘Roseanne’ shows I’ve always tried to have it be a true reflection of the society we live in, so I feel like half the people voted for Trump, and half didn’t, so it’s just realistic.”

The new show will feature a family engaging in spirited discussions about social and political issues “in a very honest way and a very real way,” according to executive producer Bruce Helford. Sara Gilbert, who played Barr’s daughter Darlene Conner on “Roseanne,” is returning in the same role.

“It was a great opportunity to have a family that can be divided by politics, but still is filled with love; and what a great thing to bring into this country right now,” she said.

When a reporter criticized Barr for agreeing to portray a woman who approves of a “racist” and “xenophobic” person like Trump, she fired back: “Well, that’s your opinion.”

The 65-year-old actress acknowledged that the president says “a lot of crazy s***,” adding: “I’m not a Trump apologist."

She explained, "There are a lot of things he’s said and done I don’t agree with, like there’s probably a lot of things Hillary Clinton has done and said that you don’t agree with. No one’s brainwashed into agreeing with 100 percent of what anybody says, let alone a politician or a candidate.”

The show’s producers recently announced that the actor Ames McNamara will play Darlene’s son, whom they described as “gender nonconforming.” Though the character will wear women’s clothing, he will not identify himself as a transgender or gay person.

“It represents the world,” Gilbert said during an interview with Entertainment Weekly. “This is a show that’s always been able to represent the world and talk about it without being so issue-heavy."

"We can do it through the dynamics of the family. I know kids like that, and it seemed like a great character.”

There will be at least nine episodes of the show, starting with a 60-minute premiere at 8 p.m. March 27. The second episode is set for the same time on April 3.

Among the other regulars from the first “Roseanne” sitcom who are to resume their roles are John Goodman, as Dan Conner; and Laurie Metcalf, as Jackie Harris. The cast also includes Estelle Parsons as Beverly Harris, Sandra Bernhard as Nancy Bartlett and James Pickens Jr. as Chuck Mitchell.

Source: People
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