Child Abuse

The Newest Episode of ‘Roseanne’ Is Upsetting a Lot of People

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The new reboot of Roseanne has been mired in controversy since it premiered last week. Back in the 90’s, the original run of the show was my favorite. It was funny, it was relatable, and it was so different from other cookie-cutter sitcom families. But separating the show from its star has proved to be difficult for many, many people. Roseanne Barr has long been a contentious figure. But in the last few years, she’s revealed herself to be more than just someone who “tells it like it is.”

She’s racist, homophobic, transphobic, and has some pretty out-there conspiracy theories.

So plenty of people find it impossible to separate Roseanne the woman from the show (myself included, I will not support her in any way). However, the show has so far done well. But the last episode upset a lot of people, and seemed to deviate from what the show has always been about.

In the episode that aired last night, titled “Roseanne Gets the Chair”, one particular scene didn’t sit well with viewers. Darlene’s daughter Harris makes a comment about how she’s better than her “hillbilly” relatives. So Roseanne calls her an “entitled little bitch”, then grabs her head and shoves it under the faucet.

She calls her granddaughter a bitch and shoves her head under running water. Sure, the show has always been somewhat controversial in the way it addresses parenting, but for many people, this crossed a line.

I distinctly remember the episode from the original show where Roseanne spanks DJ. My own parents were spankers, and I hated it. Their justification was that their parents hit them, and they turned out fine (ironic). I remember watching it together, and feeling very tense during the scene when she talks to DJ about her own upbringing.

I’m sure there is an entire contingent of people who watched the episode and found nothing wrong with what she did. “It’s only TV!” Which is true. But it’s also a reality that far too many kids and young adults live with everyday. Courting controversy is one thing, but normalizing parental abuse is quite another.

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