Roseanne Barr Gets Another Shot

Ben Shapiro is a Senior Shillman Journalism Fellow at the David Horowitz Freedom Center and Editor-in-Chief of TruthRevolt.org. He is the author of the new book "The People vs. Barack Obama: The Criminal Case Against the Obama Administration" (Threshold Editions).


Let’s say you’re the type of person who does magazine covers wearing a Hitler mustache, and baking cookies shaped like Jews in an oven. The type of person who screams the national anthem at a baseball game in hair-raising fashion, then clutches your private area and spits. The type of person who runs for President as on the Peace and Freedom Party ticket, winning a grand total of 50,000 votes across the country.

Let’s say you think the vice president should die, and suggest that he should be refused a heart transplant. Or you publicly release the address of the parents of an innocent person you think is a racist murderer – even though the “racist murderer” turns out to be a minority person defending his life. Or you say that certain politicians like rape, and that certain business patrons

How many failing television shows would you deserve to star in?

If you’re a network executive looking for new material, apparently the answer is four.

We’re speaking, of course, of the inimitable Roseanne Barr, who after one massive hit – Roseanne – in the late 1980s, has become a cultural case of herpes: you think she’s gone, and then she flares up. Her shtick was entertaining back in the late 1980s, when her producers wanted her to pretend that blue collar people were actually militant liberal feminists. Even then she was a vulgarian – one episode of the show had her talking about her son’s erection: “What about pitching the tent? Bootin’ up the hard drive? Charming the anaconda? Raising the drawbridge, popping a wheelie, standing up for democracy? Waving to your chin?” The show also featured Roseanne considering an abortion.

After that, though, Roseanne fell off the beaten track. She tried to produce a talk show twice. Fail. Then she tried a reality show called Roseanne’s Nuts.

Somebody had to put money up for these monstrosities. Whoever did apparently thought none of her past behavior made Roseanne unpalatable. And now she’s getting yet another shot, this time from NBC, to produce and star in a show. She will also guest star in The Office. She narrowly missed getting a pickup last year with a proposal to reunite the Roseanne star-team, working with John Goodman on a trailer park comedy called Downwardly Mobile.

Nobody knows what the new show is about. But the fact that Roseanne continues to get second chances shows just how left Hollywood is. Michael Ritchie, star of Seinfeld, has been off limits since a racial rant. People in Hollywood now wonder if Clint Eastwood could find decent roles – Clint Eastwood! – after his performance at the Republican National Convention with an empty chair.

There is no shot that any actor would be able to utter the sort of monstrous things Roseanne does and get away with it from the right side of the aisle. What NBC will soon find out is that her charm, such as it ever was, wore off long ago.

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  • Mary Sue

    Obviously Hollywood is attempting to cash in on nostalgia that has faded so long ago the only way they can bring it back is by rebooting Roseanne's old sitcom, or showing endless reruns of it.

    It's obvious that they're giving her extra chances BECAUSE OF, not in spite of, her behavior.

    • John

      At 16, Barr was hit by a car that left her with a traumatic brain injury.[7] Her behavior changed so radically that she was institutionalized for eight months at Utah State Hospital.
      http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rosanne_Barr

      Rosanne suffers traumatic brain injury & becomes a liberal.

  • Little Big Man

    I think you meant Michael Richards.

  • pierce

    I would say they, Hollywood, are beating a dead horse, but then I always thought Roseanne's brand of humor was never worth watching, in fact it is disgusting.

    • John

      At 16, Barr was hit by a car that left her with a traumatic brain injury.[7] Her behavior changed so radically that she was institutionalized for eight months at Utah State Hospital.
      http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rosanne_Barr

      Rosanne suffers traumatic brain injury & becomes a liberal.

  • John

    It's Michael Richards, not Richie

  • http://www.adinakutnicki.com AdinaK

    First of all, Rosie is a misfit and that is that. However, Hollyweird (as a whole) is another case, and their out-sized wielding of influence is indeed problematic. An understatement.

    Consider Benny boy's Argo, and those he had in his corner – literally – http://adinakutnicki.com/2012/10/14/hollywood-lib

    Thus, why should Rosie be any different? Does anyone believe the bar will be raised, as long as viewers flock to many of their anti-American hit jobs, forever insinuating their leftist, anti-American bent into their movies/tv shows? Do pigs fly?

    Adina kutnicki, Israel – http://adinakutnicki.com/about/

  • Chanameel

    She has the same look Hilary has.

    Demonic.

  • BS77

    Another vacuous celebrity.

  • JacksonPearson

    It's gotta be a conspiracy….because;
    How in the hell does this insane woman, keep escaping from her mental hospital restraints?

    • Mary Sue

      it's ok she's on her meds now ;)

      • JacksonPearson

        LOL, I don't believe she's ever been off of drugs.

  • marios

    Liberalism is mental disorder. This creature ( cannot say woman as it is assault for them) is obvious sign how Dem's/leftists/soci..lists manage to degrade our culture, our morality. First morality and culture fail, than country economy fail and…end recentrly great country. It is this government/new commies goal. Great country cannot be destroyed from outside but only from inside. We are on brink to repeat what is happened in ancient time with Greek and Roman empires (and all other).
    It is still hope that her show rating will be as low as Al Gore's channel. Interesting who finance all such insanity? George Soros, islamists with their petrodollars, …?

  • NAHALKIDES

    Let's hope NBC loses a fortune on Barr's new show.

  • Flowerknife_us

    NBC-never been correct.

    There is a low information voter to go with the low entertainment for a station with low ratings.

  • WilliamJamesWard

    Roseanne Barr, really, who listens to this shriek that has two viable brain cells working. That
    anyone can take the time to pay attention to her is a mystery and it has to do with the
    spiritual evil of leftism with no other understandable explaination available, crazy is as
    crazy does. Pity the pathetic people………………….William

  • Ethan

    Roseanne Barr is a humourless twat.

  • Ghostwriter

    I'm not going to watch it anyway.

  • auntie z

    Hurray for Rosanne. I loved Rosanne's Nuts and Rosanne the citcom reflected a lot of truth whether right wingnuts think so or not. I noticed only one other woman's comment here so it doesn't surprise me that the comments are extremely negative and full of name calling. It's possible she should be on meds but there is room in this great nation for people with mental and physical disorders. There is room for entertainers to be a little over the top: we expect them to be. I don't agree with everything she says all the time but I admire her courage in holding such opinions and sharing them. Rosanne is beautiful and talented and if she hadn't had a traumatic brain injury she might have succeeded in the political arena.

    • dream on

      Your the only one on here who is'nt a moron. Guys have always been intimidated by Roseanne, They should get a life and if you can't say something nice, don't say anything. She had a fantastic show and is a multi millionaire and those who are jealous of her because she stood up for herself, your just jealous.Most of the negative comments are from guys who proboly like young girls. She is an innovator and comic genius and you pee ons on here could never land a woman as incredible as Roseanne. Now go back to your playboys and dream you are good enough for your air brushed girlfriends.