No Roseanne? No problem.

Twitter trouble may have gotten actress Roseanne Barr the boot from ABC, but why should the rest of the talented cast and crew suffer? Fans far and wide adore the Conner family even if they can no longer support the hit show's biggest star.

Roseanne, back for its second run was doing fantastically, until Barr blew it by blowing up Twitter with racist comments that caused the network to scramble and scrap the show nearly instantly. A hardworking team suddenly lost their jobs and probably any respect for the show's creator who blamed Ambien for her tirade against former Obama aide Valerie Jarrett.

Thankfully for the remaining staff, ABC realized that they didn't need Barr as the star and has announced a spinoff, The Conners (working title). So, while Barr is home popping sedatives, John Goodman, Sara Gilbert, Laurie Metcalf, etc. can get back to the set to work on The Conners.

As per CNN, "'We have received a tremendous amount of support from fans of our show, and it's clear that these characters not only have a place in our hearts, but in the hearts and homes of our audience,' the remaining cast members said Thursday in a joint statement."

Barr is on board with the spinoff too, agreeing to a settlement where she won't make a dime off the new show and saying, "I wish the best for everyone involved." According to Deadline, "Barr will have no financial or creative involvement in the new series after reaching a settlement with series producer Tom Werner."

The Conner family dynamic will shift, but the chemistry of the cast is sure to be as magical as ever. How they'll address the elephant in the room…or lack thereof? We'll have to tune in and find out.

Melissa A. Kay is a New York-based writer, editor, and content strategist. Follow her work on Popdust as well as sites including TopDust, Chase Bank, P&G,, The Richest, GearBrain, The Journiest, Bella, TrueSelf, Better Homes & Gardens, AMC Daycare, and more.

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Racist Rant Sends Barr and Team Packing

A short-lived comeback.

After just returning to television after many years away from the small screen, the hit sitcom Roseanne was just abruptly cancelled by ABC after the show's star, Roseanne Barr let loose on Twitter with a rude and racist tweet.

In her offensive social media moment, Barr tweeted about Barack Obama's former top advisor, Valerie Jarrett, writing, "Jarrett looked like a combination of "Muslim Brotherhood + Planet of the Apes." To exacerbate matters, when folks responded to her comment which they declared wreaked of racism, Barr retorted with ""Muslims r NOT a race" and said her tweet was merely a "joke."

Well, ABC surely wasn't laughing and chose to cancel the show, despite a high-rating season back on television. "Roseanne's Twitter statement is abhorrent, repugnant and inconsistent with our values, and we have decided to cancel her show," announced Channing Dungey, president of ABC Entertainment.

Like most Twitter blunders and bad behavior, the "tweeter" usually comes back quickly with an apology – just as Barr did earlier today, before announcing she was leaving the social media platform. She wrote, "I apologize to Valerie Jarrett and to all Americans. I am truly sorry for making a bad joke about her politics and her looks. I should have known better. Forgive me - my joke was in bad taste."

Fans enjoy Roseanne for it's no-nonsense take on controversial social issues, politics, relationships, and hardships, but racism is never OK, "joking" or not. As a staunch supporter of President Trump on her show and in real life, perhaps Barr should have stepped away from following his less-than-presidential Twitter behavior. Certainly, Barr's co-stars must be as shocked and appalled as the rest of us, let alone properly pissed off that they are now out of a high-paying job.

The woman who Barr referred to in her tweet - Valerie Jarrett - said ABC made the "right call" with their choice to cancel the program during a town hall hosted by MSNBC. "I'm worried about all the people out there who don't have a circle of friends and followers coming to their defense," she said. Disney's CEO, Bob Iger, even called Jarrett personally before making the announcement that Roseanne would be cancelled.

Will another network pick up the beloved show if Barr's apology cuts the mustard? If people can let Trump get away with his Twitter tirades, can a sitcom star get similar treatment? Stay tuned to find out if the show will go on or if Roseanne is ruined forever.

Melissa A. Kay is a New York-based writer, editor, and content strategist. Follow her work on Popdust as well as sites including TopDust, Chase Bank, P&G,, The Richest, GearBrain, The Journiest, Bella, TrueSelf, AMC Daycare, and more.

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And It's Calling Out Bougie White People

Progressives still don't seem to be getting the message.

For many reasons, I am a huge fan of the original Roseanne Show, so when the reunion season was announced I was excited. I couldn't wait to watch and see if the same sociologically-on-point-humor and sarcastic quips from 20 years ago would still be able to land with the same reverberating thump.

Would this show be able to maintain its ability to humorously portray a working class family with a medley of politically-charged plot-lines without seeming political at all? Would gay rights, feminism, racism, and classism be brought into plot-lines so subtly that you didn't have a chance to process it from a political standpoint, but only in the eyes of a character you were rooting for? Was it still possible to seem "un-political" in 2018? I would find out.

I tucked myself into bed, turned on my television and prepared to soak in some old-fashioned working-class humor, just like the olds days…accept it was NOT AT ALL like the old days. First of all, I was streaming the show on Hulu, using Apple TV, and there were of course zero commercial breaks.

The last time I watched the Roseanne show live I was still living at home, cell-phone- and internet-free. The original series aired from 1988-1996 which means by the very last season, some of us had pagers, gynormous "Zack Morris" cell phones and possibly email accounts with AOL that we checked monthly. I couldn't vote the last time I watched this show, Clinton was president, and "transgender" and "Black Lives Matter" were not colloquial terms amongst progressives. If you recycled you were considered a liberal hero and if you wanted to make-out with someone of the same sex, you kept it to yourself in most cases. At least I did. There was no Uber, no apps, no Facetime, and you still paid for long-distance phone calls.

It was in fact a different world and Roseanne was cunning, subtly political and overtly hysterical. Roseanne Barr was a brick-layer, a pathmaker for women like Sarah Silverman, Amy Schumer, and even Tina Fey. She gave women permission to be strong, to be angry, and to exist fully. She modeled big-ness, taking up space, and the refusal to make herself small, in every sense of the way, all acts of rebellion, then and now.

I didn't grow up in an NPR or CNN household. We were not a politically-aware family. My parents worked as bartenders, car wash attendants, nurse-aids, and restaurant managers, and we lived mostly paycheck-to-paycheck. I loved this show because it wasn't filled with upper-class intellectuals and it looked much more like my home life, rather than the wealthy kids I was surrounded by at school.

As a scholarship kid at a private school, I always felt like I traveled to "the wealthy world" by day and "my world" by night… Roseanne fit nicely into "my world". Roseanne was a waitress, my mom was a bartender, Roseanne lived paycheck to paycheck, we lived paycheck to "grandma-please-send-money-for-school-clothes," Roseanne yelled at her family, I yelled at my family. This show was amazing because instead of being another show about a family you wished you could be like (manicured and wealthy), it was about a family you already were like…and it made your humiliating financial shortcomings OK. It made you feel normal.

So, how does a show that prided itself on cultural relevance and taboo plot lines reunite 20 years later and stay relevant? In my opinion, its greatest feature was its lack of political jargon, or maybe that was just my lack of political awareness as a child? Even so, it's unarguable that we live in one of the most polarizing political times, likely since Vietnam, or maybe even earlier. The reunion season is only three episodes in, and this polarization is exactly what they are capitalizing on.

At first the plot line felt forced. The new season opened with overt articulation of Roseanne and her sister disagreeing about the presidency and their individual voting choices. It was not subtle at all, Roseanne clearly voted for Trump, Jackie for Hillary, and they argued about each other's stupidity. Luckily they got this in-your-face point out of the way early and the rest of the scenes and following episodes were more nuanced. This show still has some of it's old magic because it still succeeds in showing a family that loves each other no matter what, despite vastly different opinions and life choices. Here is where we realize that this show is asking something of its viewers.

It's asking us to witness what it looks like when you can't afford to surround yourself with only people you agree with. It is not lost on me that I am no longer that little girl, living in a one-bedroom apartment, or watching my dad pay for groceries using food stamps. I am writing from Portland, Oregon, drinking organic kombucha, on my way to purchase sustainable groceries from a coop. I am surrounded by liberals and if I wanted, I could go for months and months without engaging with or even seeing a Trump supporter. I can do this now. But I am the minority and likely so are the readers of this article. Most of working class America is not living in a city because they love its culture, appreciate its restaurant scene, and it has great schools. Most of America is still trying to pay their bills…one month at a time. Most of America is still trying to get by and can't see past next month's rent or grocery bills. What does this have to do with Roseanne? Everything.

This show reminds those who need reminding what it's like to not be upwardly mobile, to not own property, and to not be debt-free. This show reminds people like me that most people don't have children under well-predicted and comfortable economic conditions, and that relying on people you disagree with politically is the least of their problems. This show may be less subtle than it has been in years past, but perhaps out of necessity, since progressives still don't seem to be getting the message. Who you complain about in politics is no longer interesting. I don't care if you don't like Trump, and more to the point, working-class people sure as hell don't care. Do something about it - create more jobs, get involved in elections, whatever you want… but indulging in our bougie lifestyles while complaining about "the idiot Trump supporters" doesn't make us heroes, activists, anti-racists, or feminists. It just makes us complainers.

Watch this show and judge for yourself. In the meantime, perhaps less blame, less high and mighty, more compassion and more acknowledgement of privileged.

Sincerely, your bleeding heart liberal,


By Rachel Hall, Rachel has a Masters in Cultural Gender Studies, and a BA in Communication & Culture, and works with all kinds of people to improve their ability to work with all kinds of people. She can often be found hiding in her laundry room from her two children. More about her on her website.

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The beloved 90s sitcom that warmed our hearts and made us laugh is back for a new generation.

Bring on the 90s...The Roseanne Show is Back!

It's no wonder shows like Roseanne (and Will & Grace) are making a comeback. They were among the original cultural commentaries on classism, sexism, racism and homophobia in America that mainstream white audiences paid attention to. Particularly The Roseanne Show which portrayed a working class family without any of the bells and whistles. The show resisted depicting a manicured mom with a magically hot bod and a lifestyle that afforded her endless amounts of time to perfect and dote over her well decorated home while her children somehow made themselves scarce. There was certainly no breadwinning TV husband dripping in masculinity, money, and muscles that he maintained on his lunch break (is that how those TV dads do it?). And of course, there was rarely an episode that ended leaving audiences feeling like, hmmm I would just kill for a house and family dynamic like the Conners. Nope, there was just an average working class family who knew that they were white, straight, and out of shape.

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So if didn't offer us the seductive escape that many weeknight TV comedies secure their ratings with, why was it such a success? To answer this question, we have to answer the question, what's in it for the viewers?

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Before it was cool for white people to support Black Lives (and way before Barack was a household name), before celebrities were publicly supporting gay rights, or bringing awareness to domestic violence, The Roseanne Show was among the first to discuss taboo TV topics such as teen sex, domestic Violence, abortion, depression, racism, and homophobia. This show called attention to major political topics by de-politicizing them, and simply talking about how they were affected by them as a family. Instead of pretending (like pretty much every single white sitcom on TV) that their family was color blind, in, 1994, The Roseanne Show has their middle school son DJ come home and explain his refusal to kiss a Black girl at his school. The episode is boundary breaking in the sense that Dan and Roseanne, DJ's parents, take this opportunity to look at their unexamined racism. They ask themselves, 'did we make our son racist'? This was decades before Black Lives Matter, and decades before white people on TV were even beginning to acknowledge their roles in perpetuating racism. Another boundary breaking moment, four years before Ellen DeGeneres made out with her on-screen girlfriend and came-out on national TV, Roseanne shared an on screen kiss with her co-star Mariel Hemingway.


In a time when we are as politically divided as ever, and some might even say politically desperate, viewers undoubtedly are craving a sense of humanity, and what better way to experience this, than bringing back the Conners to weeknight TV. In 2017, after a long day of office politics, micro-aggressions, emotional labor, and CNN Breaking News Updates, middle class families want to see themselves accurately represented on TV. They no longer can afford to be completely tuned out, and The Roseanne Show offers them a way to recognize both their struggles and successes as a modern family. Bring on the Conners!

'Roseanne' returning to ABC for eight-episode run in 2018

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