Roseanne Barr is a transphobic, conspiracy theory-pushing right-wing radical — with a slot on primetime TV.
Naturally, people have a lot of opinions about the "Roseanne" reboot.
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<p>The show premiered on March 27 on ABC to <a href="http://abcnews.go.com/Entertainment/wireStory/roseanne-reboot-opens-big-18-million-viewers-54082696" target="_blank">18 million viewers</a>, exceeding expectations and prompting a (weirdly) <a href="https://www.vanityfair.com/hollywood/2017/01/donald-trump-ratings" target="_blank">ratings-obsessed</a> Trump to give Barr <a href="http://www.bbc.com/news/entertainment-arts-43583982" target="_blank">a ring</a> to send congratulations. <em>*eye roll* </em></p><h2>One person who had some thoughts on the reboot was actress and comedian Sarah Silverman.</h2><p class="shortcode-media shortcode-media-rebelmouse-image"><img type="lazy-image" data-runner-src="https://assets.rebelmouse.io/eyJhbGciOiJIUzI1NiIsInR5cCI6IkpXVCJ9.eyJpbWFnZSI6Imh0dHBzOi8vYXNzZXRzLnJibC5tcy8xOTQ3NjExNC9vcmlnaW4uanBnIiwiZXhwaXJlc19hdCI6MTYxNjQwNDUxOX0.Qa_n3XknS99XXesenZI3qCnh1hWyxFKcapdjlTUz6VM/img.jpg?width=980" id="2176e" class="rm-shortcode" data-rm-shortcode-id="8ecba4c58e79a628f5a2653284d89c63" data-rm-shortcode-name="rebelmouse-image"><small class="image-media media-caption" placeholder="add caption...">Photo by Tara Ziemba/AFP/Getty Images.</small></p><p>Silverman tweeted on Thursday night that she "loved" the modernized series and its "familiar feeling of the old but [with] comedy [and] content so totally of this moment, like the angst within close families over politics."</p><iframe width="100%" height="150" scrolling="no" class="rm-shortcode twitter-embed-979386689863933952" id="twitter-embed-979386689863933952" type="lazy-iframe" data-runner-src="/res/community/twitter_embed/?iframe_id=twitter-embed-979386689863933952&created_ts=1522338957.0&screen_name=SarahKSilverman&text=watched+%40RoseanneOnABC+last+night+%26amp%3B+loved+it.++That+familiar+feeling+of+the+old+but+w+comedy+%26amp%3B+content+so+totally+o%E2%80%A6+https%3A%2F%2Ft.co%2F2KMQXXIxF8&id=979386689863933952&name=Sarah+Silverman" frameborder="0" data-rm-shortcode-id="G1T2OU1559347013"></iframe><p><strong>What the liberal Silverman didn't address, though, is Barr's lengthy list of extreme attitudes and behaviors.</strong> The 65-year-old has <a href="http://www.businessinsider.com/roseanne-barr-trump-fan-conspiracy-theories-2018-3" target="_blank">used her platform</a> to legitimize several far-right conspiracy theories — including Pizzagate and the "cover-up" surrounding the death of Democratic National Convention staffer Seth Rich — and she has <a href="https://www.thedailybeast.com/how-roseanne-barr-abandoned-all-reason-and-embraced-the-alt-right" target="_blank">routinely peddled</a> transphobic, anti-Muslim, and <a href="https://www.snopes.com/fact-check/did-roseanne-pose-as-adolf-hitler-photo-shoot/" target="_blank">anti-Semitic rhetoric</a> through her work and social media presence. </p><h2>Fellow actor and comedian Kumail Nanjiani chimed in to remind Silverman what a mess Barr really has been. </h2><p class="shortcode-media shortcode-media-rebelmouse-image"><img type="lazy-image" data-runner-src="https://assets.rebelmouse.io/eyJhbGciOiJIUzI1NiIsInR5cCI6IkpXVCJ9.eyJpbWFnZSI6Imh0dHBzOi8vYXNzZXRzLnJibC5tcy8xOTQ3NjExNS9vcmlnaW4uanBnIiwiZXhwaXJlc19hdCI6MTYyMjgyOTEyOH0.3oG93SHK0_sXb5JzogZB0LPqZwaMN1ocmc7H9LCl0cU/img.jpg?width=980" id="91ac3" class="rm-shortcode" data-rm-shortcode-id="7a099d0ac96300311978025c3d1cea69" data-rm-shortcode-name="rebelmouse-image"><small class="image-media media-caption" placeholder="add caption...">Photo by Emma McIntyre/Getty Images.</small></p><p>Replying to Silverman's tweet, Nanjiani explained he couldn't bring himself to watch Barr — "a person who mocks teens whose friends were murdered [and] who traffics in conspiracy theories that damage our world [and] reality."</p><p>Nanjiani was referring to a now-deleted tweet Barr posted claiming Parkland teen David Hogg, who's become a <a href="http://www.upworthy.com/teen-school-shooting-survivors-are-sending-a-passionate-message-washington-can-t-ignore">vocal advocate for gun control</a> in the wake of his school's mass shooting in February, was giving a "<a href="http://www.businessinsider.com/roseanne-barr-under-fire-for-nazi-salute-tweet-conspiracy-theory-parkland-student-david-hogg-2018-3" target="_blank">Nazi salute</a>" at the <a href="http://www.upworthy.com/31-powerful-photos-from-the-massive-awe-inspiring-march-for-our-lives">March for Our Lives rally</a>. The ridiculous conspiracy theory has been widely <a href="https://www.snopes.com/fact-check/david-hogg-give-nazi-salute/" target="_blank">debunked</a> by fact-checkers.</p><p>In a follow-up tweet, "The Big Sick" star noted that, while he understands Barr is portraying a fictional character on TV, the <em>real</em> Roseanne's opinions and actions have made it impossible for him to support the sitcom — a view <a href="https://www.nytimes.com/2018/03/29/opinion/roseanne-reboot-trump.html" target="_blank">poignantly reiterated</a> in a thoughtful New York Times op-ed from writer and feminist powerhouse Roxane Gay.</p><p>Silverman <a href="https://twitter.com/SarahKSilverman/status/979527769485815808" target="_blank">responded</a>, "Look — I muted [Roseanne] years ago. But I think the show could [be] good is all." </p><p>Silverman — whose <a href="https://www.hulu.com/i-love-you-america" target="_blank">own series on Hulu</a> focuses in part on bridging the gap between red and blue America — said the show is made by "lots of people [she] loves."</p><p>She also noted one particular storyline in the reboot's premiere she felt was significant: The elder Conners (played by Barr and John Goodman) "resisting, learning," and then finally "accepting" their grandson's <a href="http://www.vulture.com/2018/03/roseanne-review.html" target="_blank">preference for wearing skirts and nail polish</a>.</p><p>That evolution, Silverman wrote, is "how change happens."</p><iframe width="100%" height="150" scrolling="no" class="rm-shortcode twitter-embed-979527769485815808" id="twitter-embed-979527769485815808" type="lazy-iframe" data-runner-src="/res/community/twitter_embed/?iframe_id=twitter-embed-979527769485815808&created_ts=1522372593.0&screen_name=SarahKSilverman&text=%40kumailn+%40RoseanneOnABC+I%E2%80%99m+judging%3FLook-+I+muted+her+years+ago.+But+I+think+the+show+could+b+good+is+all.+It%E2%80%99s+mad%E2%80%A6+https%3A%2F%2Ft.co%2FVp1Kg7VIE6&id=979527769485815808&name=Sarah+Silverman" frameborder="0" data-rm-shortcode-id="HL2ANT1559347013"></iframe><h2>One refreshing thing about the online exchange? It didn't ruin a friendship! It didn't get snarky or mean-spirited! </h2><p>Their dialogue was civil and respectful, and in the end, they seemed to agree to disagree about the show.</p><p>Silverman ended her last message to Nanjiani with, "LOVE U."</p><p>Nanjiani concluded "❤️ you too a lot."</p><h2>When it comes to Barr's bigotry — or any suggestion that one human is worth less than another — we can't agree to disagree. Her views are wrong and harmful. Full stop. </h2><p>But when we're debating with good-intentioned people in our lives who we happen to disagree with, know that even the fiercest debates can still end with heart emojis.</p>
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