Rebutting a boil on the ass of American media. Listen. The riff on MSNBC execs signing paychecks for the “tap dancing” boil is rich.
In defense of Roseanne. This piece nails everything that Roseanne did first and right. I’ll add one thing it misses. Long before Will and Grace and the Logo Network, Roseanne had fully orbed, flesh and blood gay characters. Roseanne Conner’s boss, played by Martin Mull, was not only openly gay, one episode centered around his marriage to his partner. In 1994! The long running character Nancy came out in another episode, kissing her girlfriend. ABC almost refused to air it. Roseanne Barr told ABC she’d ditch, taking her #1 show to another network. ABC blinked. In another episode a burly plumber fixing her sink mentions that he’s in a long term committed relationship, names him, and we move on. Please remember that at the time if gay people existed on TV they were always stereotypes or tragic. Roseanne’s gay community was populated by working class people struggling to make a life in the early 90s recession…just like everyone else in her fictitious Illinois town.