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Sean Hannity Jumps into Roseanne Barr's Fight with Journalist Over Trump Content in Sitcom
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3 Apr 2018 09:04 PM EST

by Laura Tucker, Staff Writer; Image: Roseanne Barr (Image Source: Stand-Up Sucks LLC via Wikimedia Commons)


Roseanne Barr picked up an ally that a few years ago would have seemed unlikely. But after she went public as a Trump supporter and now is basing the reboot of her sitcom on the same, she's picked up the support of Sean Hannity who defended her in a fight over the content of her series.

Up until 2016 the comedian had been known as a liberal. But in the last election she was vocal about supporting Donald Trump, or at least whoever was running against Hillary Clinton. She discussed writing her own name in but did end up voting for Trump. Prior to the premiere of her rebooted sitcom last week, she announced her character would be a Trump supporter as well. 

"I've always attempted to portray a realistic portrait of the American people and working-class people," she declared, "and in fact, it was working-class people who elected Trump, so I felt that yeah, that was very real, and something that needed to be discussed and especially about polarization in the family, and people actually hating other people for the way they voted, which I feel is not American."

Jared Yates Sexton wrote an article for Elle Magazine about the reboot and alleged that it "ignores the very real racism of many white working class families." 

After watching the premiere, he wrote that what shocked him was "how much they reflected an idealized version of Trump's base instead of the reality of white, working-class America, where racism and bigotry is hardly contained."

Additionally, he noted that "the fights onscreen no longer resemble reality." He added that the "debates are all about 'jobs' and 'healthcare' and never once veer into the subjects of race or intolerance. For someone to accept Donald Trump's worldview, let alone actively support it the way Roseanne Conner does, they must at the very least be comfortable with bigoted rhetoric and policies."

He doubled down on his claims, sending out a series of tweets as well. He referred to the reboot as "a dream machine for someone like Steve Bannon, who worked so hard to convince potential voters that supporting Donald Trump didn't mean they were prejudiced."

Sexton also remarked on conspiracy theories from Trump's base, even one that was tweeted by Barr. He explained they were "exactly what's happened in Russia to secure Putin's power. The goal is to create an environment where there is so much deception and confusion that people simply give up and accept whatever they're given."

He was further emboldened in his opinions after being contacted by "multiple people at ABC who've told me there's a real discomfort among many of the employees with the propagandist nature of the reboot and a feeling that the project is meant to monetize Trump's base."

Barr then commented, "Oh really. Which episode r they uncomfortable about? The one where we get a dog, or my mom gets a boyfriend or I drive for uber or darlene gets a new job or david comes back? Which ones monetize trump's base?"

Sexton replied, "The one where your character's support of Donald Trump was framed simply as an economic choice. They have real concern this is sanitizing a really problematic worldview and dismissing the inherent bigotry."

Hannity then tweeted an article from titled in part, "Comedian SHREDS Reporter." In Hannity's tweet, he commented, "Ouch!" 

This, of course, was not going to stop Sexton, who replied, "Yes. Roseanne asking which episodes offended her colleagues at her network SHREDDED me. I might never be the same again. Hannity's staff must have exhausted its supply of old Hillary Clinton rumors."

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