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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.

Joy

1991 blooper clip of Robin Williams and Elmo is a wholesome nugget of comedic genius

Robin Williams is still bringing smiles to faces after all these years.

Robin Williams and Elmo (Kevin Clash) bloopers.

The late Robin Williams could make picking out socks funny, so pairing him with the fuzzy red monster Elmo was bound to be pure wholesome gold. Honestly, how the puppeteer, Kevin Clash, didn’t completely break character and bust out laughing is a miracle. In this short outtake clip, you get to see Williams crack a few jokes in his signature style while Elmo tries desperately to keep it together.

Williams has been a household name since what seems like the beginning of time, and before his death in 2014, he would make frequent appearances on "Sesame Street." The late actor played so many roles that if you were ask 10 different people what their favorite was, you’d likely get 10 different answers. But for the kids who spent their childhoods watching PBS, they got to see him being silly with his favorite monsters and a giant yellow canary. At least I think Big Bird is a canary.

When he stopped by "Sesame Street" for the special “Big Bird's Birthday or Let Me Eat Cake” in 1991, he was there to show Elmo all of the wonderful things you could do with a stick. Williams turns the stick into a hockey stick and a baton before losing his composure and walking off camera. The entire time, Elmo looks enthralled … if puppets can look enthralled. He’s definitely paying attention before slumping over at the realization that Williams goofed a line. But the actor comes back to continue the scene before Elmo slinks down inside his box after getting Williams’ name wrong, which causes his human co-star to take his stick and leave.

The little blooper reel is so cute and pure that it makes you feel good for a few minutes. For an additional boost of serotonin, check out this other (perfectly executed) clip about conflict that Williams did with the two-headed monster. He certainly had a way of engaging his audience, so it makes sense that even after all of these years, he's still greatly missed.

This article originally appeared on 08.21.18


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