These comics butt heads on 'Roseanne.' But their tweets are worth reading.

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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The show premiered on March 27 on ABC to 18 million viewers, exceeding expectations and prompting a (weirdly) ratings-obsessed Trump to give Barr a ring to send congratulations. *eye roll*

One person who had some thoughts on the reboot was actress and comedian Sarah Silverman.

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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."

What the liberal Silverman didn't address, though, is Barr's lengthy list of extreme attitudes and behaviors. The 65-year-old has used her platform 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 routinely peddled transphobic, anti-Muslim, and anti-Semitic rhetoric through her work and social media presence.  

Fellow actor and comedian Kumail Nanjiani chimed in to remind Silverman what a mess Barr really has been.

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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."

Nanjiani was referring to a now-deleted tweet Barr posted claiming Parkland teen David Hogg, who's become a vocal advocate for gun control in the wake of his school's mass shooting in February, was giving a "Nazi salute" at the March for Our Lives rally. The ridiculous conspiracy theory has been widely debunked by fact-checkers.

In a follow-up tweet, "The Big Sick" star noted that, while he understands Barr is portraying a fictional character on TV, the real Roseanne's opinions and actions have made it impossible for him to support the sitcom — a view poignantly reiterated in a thoughtful New York Times op-ed from writer and feminist powerhouse Roxane Gay.

Silverman responded, "Look — I muted [Roseanne] years ago. But I think the show could [be] good is all."

Silverman — whose own series on Hulu focuses in part on bridging the gap between red and blue America — said the show is made by "lots of people [she] loves."

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 preference for wearing skirts and nail polish.

That evolution, Silverman wrote, is "how change happens."

One refreshing thing about the online exchange? It didn't ruin a friendship! It didn't get snarky or mean-spirited!

Their dialogue was civil and respectful, and in the end, they seemed to agree to disagree about the show.

Silverman ended her last message to Nanjiani with, "LOVE U."

Nanjiani concluded "❤️ you too a lot."

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.

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.

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A video of a busker in Dublin, Ireland singing "You've Got a Friend in Me" to a young boy with autism is going viral because it's just so darn adorable. The video was filmed over a year ago by Terence Power, the co-host of the popular "Talking Bollox Podcast."

It was filmed before face masks were required, so you can see the boy's beautiful reaction to the song.

Power uploaded it to TikTok because he had just joined the platform and had no idea the number of lives it would touch. "The support on it is unbelievable. I posted it on my Instagram a while back and on Facebook and the support then was amazing," he told Dublin Live.

"But I recently made TikTok and said I'd share it on that and I'm so glad I did now!" he continued.

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We're redefining what normal means in these uncertain times, and although this is different for all of us, love continues to transform us for the better.

Love is what united Marie-Claire and David Archbold, who met while taking a photography class. "We went into the darkroom to see what developed," they joke—and after a decade of marriage, they know firsthand the deep commitment and connection romantic love requires.

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However, their relationship became even sweeter when they adopted James: a little boy with a huge heart.

In the United States alone, there are roughly 122,000 children awaiting adoption according to the latest report from the U.S Department of Health and Human Services. While the goal is always for a child to be parented by and stay with their biological family, that is not always a possibility. This is where adoption offers hope—not only does it create new families, it gives birth parents an avenue through which to see their child flourish when they are not able to parent. For the right families, it's a beautiful thing.

The Archbolds knew early on that adoption was an option for them. David has three daughters from a previous marriage, but knowing their family was not yet complete, the couple embarked on a two-year journey to find their match. When the adoption agency called and told them about James, they were elated. From the moment they met him, the Archbolds knew he was meant to be part of their family. David locked eyes with the brown-eyed baby and they stared at each other in quiet wonder for such a long time that the whole room fell silent. "He still looks at me like that," said David.

The connection was mutual and instantaneous—love at first sight. The Archbolds knew that James was meant to be a part of their family. However, they faced significant challenges requiring an even deeper level of commitment due to James' medical condition.

James was born with congenital hyperinsulinism, a rare condition that causes his body to overproduce insulin, and within 2 months of his birth, he had to have surgery to remove 90% of his pancreas. There was a steep learning curve for the Archbolds, but they were already in love, and knew they were committed to the ongoing care that'd be required of bringing James into their lives. After lots of research and encouragement from James' medical team, they finally brought their son home.

Today, three-year-old James is thriving, filled with infectious joy that bubbles over and touches every person who comes in contact with him. "Part of love is when people recognize that they need to be with each other," said his adoptive grandfather. And because the Archbolds opted for an open adoption, there are even more people to love and support James as he grows.

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Each year that I teach the book "1984" I turn my classroom into a totalitarian regime under the guise of the "common good."

I run a simulation in which I become a dictator. I tell my students that in order to battle "Senioritis," the teachers and admin have adapted an evidence-based strategy, a strategy that has "been implemented in many schools throughout the country and has had immense success." I hang posters with motivational quotes and falsified statistics, and provide a false narrative for the problem that is "Senioritis."

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The dark mountains that overlook Provo, Utah were illuminated by a beautiful rainbow-colored "Y" on Thursday night just before 8 pm. The 380-foot-tall "Y" overlooks the campus of Brigham Young University, a private college owned by the Utah-based Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (LDS Church), commonly known as Mormons.

The display was planned by a group of around 40 LGBT students to mark the one-year anniversary of the university sending out a letter clarifying its stance on homosexual behavior.

"One change to the Honor Code language that has raised questions was the removal of a section on 'Homosexual Behavior.' The moral standards of the Church did not change with the recent release of the General Handbook or the updated Honor Code, " the school's statement read.

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