New York Times contributor Roxane Gay can’t seem to allow for any empathy toward people who voted for President Trump.
Gay penned a takedown of the revival of the hit sitcom “Roseanne,” which made headlines this week as it premiered to 18.2 million viewers on Tuesday night. Gay said she planned to boycott watching the show.
“As I watched the first two episodes of the ‘Roseanne’ reboot, I thought again about accountability. I laughed, yes, and enjoyed seeing the Conner family back on my screen,” Gay writes. “My first reaction was that the show was excellent. But I could not set aside what I know of Roseanne Barr and how toxic and dangerous her current public persona is.”
Barr, who voted for Trump in real life, reportedly spoke with Trump on the telephone after her successful debut, and in his praise of “Roseanne” at a speech in Ohio, he lambasted the media. Politico reported the president’s comments:
“They haven’t figured it out. The fake news hasn’t quite figured it out yet. They have not figured it out. So that was great,” he said. “And they haven’t figured it out. But they will, and when they do, they’ll become much less fake.”
Gay illustrated her inability to allow for any Trump supporter to have multiple facets, to be loving and compassionate in any way, despite characters embracing people from diverse backgrounds.
“They voted for a president who doesn’t think the black life of their granddaughter matters,” Gay said of Barr’s fictional family.
“They act as if love can protect the most vulnerable members of their family from the repercussions of their political choices. It cannot. This fictional family and the show’s very real creator are further normalizing Trump and his warped, harmful political ideologies. There are times when we can consume problematic pop culture, but this is not one of those times. I saw the first two episodes of the ‘Roseanne’ reboot, but that’s all I am going to watch. It’s a small line to draw, but it’s a start.”