Dumping Roseanne: Quick, dirty and smart
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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