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The Last Thing Anyone Needs Is 'Roseanne' Weighing in on #MeToo

By Dustin Rowles | TV | May 10, 2018 |

By Dustin Rowles | TV | May 10, 2018 |


Roseanne showrunner Whitney Cummings told TV Guide that the series hasn’t addressed #MeToo in its first season yet because she didn’t want to be opportunistic, but there are plans to do so in season 2.

“It just felt like, ‘Let’s wait until next season where we can get a good story around it’ because it was towards the end of production, and we weren’t going to elbow it into something. That was going to feel opportunistic.”

Can they just not? Because there shouldn’t be both-siderism to the #MeToo movement. We don’t need to see a Trump supporting character calling all the women who have alleged sexual misconduct against the President “opportunistic gold diggers.” We do not need to see Dan victim shame those who have experienced sexual abuse. We do not need to see a blue-collar perspective where the women’s accusations are treated skeptically, except when it’s a woman they know personally.

Remember, before the show started, when Whitney Cummings also said, “We keep saying that the first episode is going to piss off liberals and the other eight are going to piss off conservatives”?

Really? Because there’s been no evidence of that yet, and there probably won’t be as long as Roseanne Barr continues to have a say in the matter, and as long as John “Look the Other Way” Goodman “doesn’t care about the politics,” and as long as everyone involved can continue collecting big checks while normalizing stereotypes.

You can’t support #MeToo while also supporting a man who sexually abused more than 16 women. Moreover, all due respect to the phenomenal Laurie Metcalf, but I don’t really want her daffy, easily-dismissable character representing the voice of reason on this issue on the most popular sitcom on television while simultaneously offering life-coaching lessons to Muslims trying to assimilate in America.

No, really. No thanks.

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