The most controversial new show, “The Conners” recently premiered to around 10,500 million viewers on a Tuesday night. The “Roseanne” spinoff took around a 4 percent dip in ratings compared to the last episode featuring Roseanne Barr, the show’s namesake – but fans aren’t happy about the way things went down. The most offended party is definitely Roseanne herself, and she took to Twitter to let everyone know exactly how she feels.
Roseanne’s character wasn’t killed off in the show in any peaceful or casual sort of way. The writers chose to have her overdose on pain medication after taking it for just two days.
She felt so strongly about the series premiere that she co-released a statement along with Schmuley Boteach, said to be her rabbi and friend. The statement goes into detail the many reasons why the writer’s decision to kill her off in this manner was inappropriate.
“While we wish the very best for the cast and production crew of The Conners… we regret that ABC chose to cancel Roseanne by killing off the Roseanne Conner character,” the statement read. “That it was done through an opioid overdose lent an unnecessary grim and morbid dimension to an otherwise happy family show.”
According to an article from the Independent Journal Review, Roseanne tweeted, “I AIN’T DEAD, B*TCHES!!!!” while the premiere of the new show was airing on ABC. She appears to have deleted it between the time that article was published and the present.
The show spent some time covering her death, with Dan Conner insisting that he threw out the pain pills and that there was no way this could have happened. The writers attempted once again to cover a difficult topic – this time, the growing opioid crisis in our country.
“The show brought together characters of different political persuasions and ethnic backgrounds in one, unified family, a rarity in American entertainment,” the statement continued. “Above all else, the show celebrated a strong, matriarchal woman in a leading role, something we need more of in our country.”
The controversy began when Roseanne tweeted out a commentary on Obama White House advisor Valerie Jarrett. She wrote, “Muslim brotherhood & planet of the apes had a baby=vj.” When commenters criticized her tweet, she responded with, “Muslims r NOT a race.”
At first, she claimed that the tweet was simply a joke. Then she pivoted and shared an apology to both Jarrett and “all Americans.”
“I am truly sorry for making a bad joke about her politics and her looks,” Barr wrote. “I should have known better. Forgive me-my joke was in bad taste.”
A week later, Barr posted a video to her personal Youtube channel in which she is seen exasperatedly screaming, “I THOUGHT THE BITCH WAS WHITE,” into the camera. This came along around the same time as a statement from ABC Entertainment president Channing Dungey that described her tweet as, “abhorrent, repugnant, and inconsistent with our values.”
What do you think of the decision to kill off Roseanne with an opioid overdose? Share your thoughts in the comments.