Continuing Roseanne as The Conner Was a Zero Sum Game
Today, I explain why Roseanne Barr’s complaints about Roseanne continuing as The Conners are so silly.
This is “Just a Reminder,” a feature where I just point out some stuff, typically in relation to a recent controversy in the world of pop culture.
Roseanne Barr’s recent comments about her getting fired from the Roseanne revival and then her character getting killed off has already led me to write one piece about how she was totally off base with her complaints about how Roseanne Conner was killed off (she thinks it was cruel and out of nowhere, and I think it was logical and respectful).
But I also want to address her lack of understanding on how The Conners continuing from the ashes of Roseanne was a zero sum game. She lost, they “won” (thus it’s a zero sum, one loser/one winner), but that was the only possible result where ANYone could “win.” If John Goodman, Sara Gilbert, Laurie Metcaf and Lecy Goranson had NOT decided to continue the series as a show of solidarity with the fired Barr, the show would not have happened.
She says, “I can’t know what they think or feel. I don’t know why they did what they did. I’m not like them. I realized that. I can’t believe what they did, with all the pain that I went through to bring the show back. And it didn’t faze them to murder my character, either.”
And the answer is, there was either going to be a show without Roseanne Barr, or there WASN’T GOING TO BE A SHOW.
Either everybody was going to lose, or “just” Roseanne Barr was going to lose. The idea that it is hard for her to imagine why the others would chose to not lose as well (including all of the people who work on the show who are NOT famous actors) is just foolish of her.
There was going to be a show without her or no show. That was the choice. It’s not a particularly hard one for actors to make, especially as production was about to begin and people had already been hired to do the show, thus already passing on the other shows being produced, so it was an even bigger bind than normal.
2 thoughts on “Continuing Roseanne as The Conner Was a Zero Sum Game”
Rosanne Barr is an ignorant, hateful witch. I worked with her years ago on a set, and I (and many other people present) vowed never to work with her again. She’s just awful: loud, rude, racist, entitled, bossy, selfish, condescending, mean-spirited, and just plain ignorant. Also, she’s a surprisingly non-funny person to be around, considering she used to be a comedian. (I say “used to be” because she hasn’t been funny onscreen since the early 1990s.)
Wow, I hadn’t realized The Conners kept going.
Disappointing to read Doris’ comments because I loved the original Roseanne show a lot. But Barr would hardly be the first star to be far more repellent off-screen than on.