The character in the comedy of the same name by Roseanne Barr is officially dead, but the comedian and the actress are still kicking.
It was revealed that Roseanne Conner, the matriarch of the family on the popular television show "Roseanne" of the 80s and 90s and her rebirth of 2018, died at the premiere on Tuesday of "The Conners". The derived series was created to continue the revival. sans Barr – after ABC fired her in May for a racist tweet.
Minutes in the first episode of "The Conners", the public learns that Roseanne died of an overdose of opioids. The information was not new. Last month, Barr happily ruined the way he believed the show would end his character, though he admitted he was not 100% sure.
Barr's instinctive response to the premiere of the new show was also old.
"DO NOT BE DEAD, MITES !!!!", posted on Twitter shortly after the new program was broadcast.
Shortly after his initial tweet, Barr released a longer statement on Facebook with Rabbi Shmuley Boteach, an old friend and advocate who often has Barr on his podcast.
Barr and Shmuley disagreed with the way the writers of the show retained their iconic character.
"An overdose of opioids lent an unnecessary somber and morbid dimension to a family show that would otherwise be happy," the statement said, although "Roseanne" was known to deal with difficult problems such as abortion and domestic abuse.
The statement also contends that ABC should not have canceled "Roseanne" after her racist tweet, in which she compared Obama's former White House adviser, Valerie Jarrett, to a character in "The Planet of the Apes":
The program promoted the message that love and respect for the person should transcend differences in background and ideological discord. … Through humor and a universally related main character, the show represented a time of weekly teaching for our nation. However, it is often an inexcusable error, but not unforgivable, that we can discover the most important lesson of all: forgiveness.
The statement continues to criticize the issue of forgiveness, a point Barr has tried to make earlier, despite having previously given a long list of excuses for his tweet, including that he was under the influence of Ambien and that he thought Jarrett (or "the bitch, "as Barr refers to her in a YouTube video full of rage," was white. "
After repeated and sincere apologies, the network was not willing to look beyond an unfortunate mistake, thus denying the twin American values of repentance and forgiveness. In a hyper-partisan climate, people sometimes make the mistake of speaking with words that do not really reflect who they are. However, it is the power of forgiveness that defines our humanity.
The statement ends by calling the cancellation of "Roseanne" a wasted opportunity "due in equal parts to fear, arrogance and refusal to forgive."