Roseanne Silences Critics, Then Gets Phone Call She'll Never Forget
Tatiana Bosc 3/31/2018
After a 20 year hiatus, Roseanne came back to ABC with bang. 18.1 million viewers tuned in to the hit show's debut on Tuesday, and many are already calling it the highest-rated sitcom in recent memory. While most of the reviews are glowing, a lot of critics have noticed one key detail in the revival that they just can't shake.
When the hit show first aired two decades ago, it quickly made a place for itself in the sitcom world due to its unique ability to depict working-class America on television. The Conner family, although fictional, has never strayed away from confronting real-life issues. Instead of glazing over the harsh realities of day-to-day life, fans flocked to the show weekly for an honest peek into a life similar to their own. The show made its mark bringing everyday problems to the small screen, and 20 years later the tradition continues.
Despite dominating every other program on television the night of the debut, there was an underlying theme that couldn't be ignored. Many fans were surprised to notice a political message in Roseanne's first episode - and not everyone was happy about it.
While the name "Trump" is never mentioned in the revival, it is clear that the title character depicts America's typical conservative voter, while her co-star represents the more liberal leaning counterpart.
In the first episode, Roseanne and her sister Jackie stand on two different sides of the political spectrum - specifically the 2016 election. While Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump are never mentioned by name, it doesn't take much detective work to realize that these are the candidates in question. The two characters eventually find common ground when Roseanne explains to Jackie why she decided to vote for the "Trump" candidate.
It wasn't very long ago that Tim Allen's "Last Man Standing" was in similar hot water. ABC's left-leaning viewers were appalled to see politics so blatantly discussed on network television. Many admit it was a bold move for Roseanne to follow in Allen's controversial footsteps, but the lead has silenced her critics once and for all with her candid explanation.
"It's just realistic. I have always . attempted to portray a realistic portrait of the American people and working class people. And, in fact, it was working class people that elected Trump so I felt that was very real and something that needed to be discussed."
Standing behind her personal convictions paid off. It didn't take long for Roseanne to receive a phone call that would change everything. On the other end of the line? President Donald Trump himself.
Hear her reaction to the shocking phone call, and what the President himself had to say in the video below.