Dump­ing Roseanne: Quick, dirty and smart

Starkville Daily News - - FORUM -

Roseanne Barr's divorce from civ­i­liza­tion started 28 years ago. Given the honor of singing the na­tional an­them at a San Diego PadresCincin­nati Reds game, she shrieked the words and, upon con­clud­ing, spit at the ground and scratched her crotch. All chore­ographed for a na­tional TV au­di­ence.

Then-Pres­i­dent Ge­orge H.W. Bush called the per­for­mance “dis­grace­ful.” So did most good Amer­i­cans, with con­ser­va­tive com­men­ta­tors of that very dif­fer­ent era ex­press­ing the most um­brage.

Roseanne's comedic tal­ents and the pub­lic's short mem­ory en­abled her ca­reer to rise from the ash heap. Come the age of Don­ald Trump, her ad­dic­tion to at­ten­tion-grab­bing at­tacks on sur­viv­ing no­tions of pro­pri­ety made Roseanne a timely cul­tural fit. Help­ing her along, clever TV writ­ers gave her a show that ex­posed the coun­try's po­lit­i­cal and so­cial po­lar­iza­tion in a so­cially re­deemable way.

But Roseanne the pub­lic per­son­al­ity wasn't as smart as her writ­ers. She ap­par­ently thought that head­lin­ing a hit net­work pro­gram would give her li­cense to up­chuck just about any vile sen­ti­ment cross­ing her mind.

After all, she had the ex­am­ple of Trump. The Elec­toral Col­lege made him leader of the land de­spite his tweet­ing racist lies, his in­sults against war he­roes

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