Is the intention to make the lead character, Roseanne, just sympathetic enough so that even Trump supporters can laugh at the caricature they create? Maybe they can convince them how dumb they look? Some people think so. Sitcom or situational politics?
Is Hollywood trying to play a high-brow sophisticated game of satire? But it does seem clear to me, as popular as the show may be, that if they were to lose that base of viewers it would no longer be the great hit it appears. All you have to do is remember that Hollywood does have a knack for flops. Every sitcom doesn’t work.
This one is a reboot which brings back a certain nostalgia too. I’m not sure that would work for all sitcoms. I’m just curious about this one. I think I know their original intent. I keep hearing from liberals how we “aren’t getting it” and that by about the 5th episode we will see it is the opposite of what we think it is. In other words, it is really poking fun at the caricature of Trump supporters.
That’s a pretty big stereotype of a pretty big group. And being Roseanne is a woman, it would be a shot at women who went that way. It seems to fit all their needs. Would it be cool to mock women? Add Hillary’s critique about why they vote that way.
That could be true. I wouldn’t put it past Hollywood and writers. In fact, I will give them the benefit of the doubt there. It could be that they want to make both sides into a caricature of themselves. But in doing that one side wins out. I mean one side could be more appealing. One is more outrageous or funny. A lead up to 2020?
Is it possible the writers are throwing Roseanne under the bus? That they are really mocking her character? That is a funny thing to do to the lead character. Archie Bunker was another such character. He ended up being more sympathetic than they expected.
The key is this: it will have to remain sympathetic to a degree to Roseanne because otherwise it turns into another bash fest mockery of the character they are exploring. And do we really need to see more of that? We have plenty of it already. It’s nothing new, in fact it is old. So if they go that route it becomes a bomb. That is popular only to Liberals.
Liberals always want to laugh at people on the right, but make a game of doing it without them realizing it. It fits the narrative of dummies who don’t know they are the joke.
The problem is if a pro-Trump type character is the butt of the joke it looks bad. Then they are mocking a large number of people. It is not above Hollywood to try that. They mock religion like that. There was another sitcom targeting a protestant minister and his family the same way. It didn’t last though the mockery was obvious. Here it is working class people. The same type that liberals are disconnected from and now trying to schmooze over. So do they shoot themselves in the foot?
Where does the racism come in? It does make me wonder what an All In The Family reboot would look like today? What do other people think? I suppose we will know in time. Playing with fire or burning themselves out? A last gasp for Hollywood relevance?
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