The Roseanne revival is getting some free publicity as anti-LGBTQ hatemongers One Million Moms is calling for a boycott of the series after it was revealed that the Conner family will include a “gender creative” child.
ABC announced that one of the new characters on the show will be Mark, the eight-year old son of Darlene, played by out lesbian Sara Gilbert, and her husband David (Johnny Galecki). According to the character breakdown, “Sensitive and bright, Mark occasionally likes to wear girls’ clothing.” Ames McNamara, is getting early praise for his portrayal of the character from his TV mom. Gilbert beamed to TVLine, “it’s inspiring to see so much talent at such a young age,” adding of the young thespian, “some people are born with abilities beyond their years. Ames is one of those people.”
One Million Moms doesn’t care about Ames’ talent, instead they are upset the show “promotes a transgender agenda,” stating on their website that, “no child should be introduced to the experience of mental disorders.” As a propaganda wing of the hard-right American Family Association, One Million Moms has made it their mission to call for boycotts whenever gays or lesbians are portrayed favorably in the media. Currently peaking at far less than one million members (3,700 Twitter followers!), this small, but incredibly vocal group of Bible-thumping zealots attacked JC Penney for hiring Ellen Degeneres as a spokesperson in 2012. Even a show they claimed to have killed, The Real O’Neals, was cancelled due to low ratings.
While the original Roseanne series was a long-running commercial and critical success during its nine seasons (1988 to 1997), Barr’s stilted delivery was greatly propped up by a superb supporting cast, including John Goodman, Sara Gilbert and Laurie Metcalf. Thankfully, the entire cast will return for the show’s revival, including Goodman who will have miraculously been resurrected from a fatal heart attack. Dan Conner/John Goodman better continue taking his cardiac meds, as Barr is certain to return to her old ways of shocking the world with her off-the-cuff, and often offensive, comments.
Recently, Barr tweeted that, “My new show is not about Trump! It’s about a midwestern family,” after getting heat for telling The Hollywood Reporter that, “I think we would be so lucky if Trump won,” in 2016. ABC is promoting the revival as socially and politically relevant, noting, “We’ll bring back a point of view that has really been missing on the air.” While tackling controversial issues is nothing new for the show, those issues tended to be progressively skewed as was the case when show regulars Nancy (Sandra Bernhard) and Roseanne’s boss Leon (Martin Mull) were both identified as gay. In a 1994 episode, Roseanne herself even went to a gay bar and locked-lips with Nancy’s girlfriend, played by Mariel Hemingway. We’re hoping Bernhard, Mull and their TV spouses make it back for the new season, scheduled to air eight episodes in 2018.