Do we need more conservatives on TV?
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ABC canceled its "Roseanne" reboot after Roseanne Barr made racist comments about a former Obama aide. The show featured a Trump-supporting main character and set records with 18.1 million viewers for its premiere.Donald Trump Jr. and others praised the show for embracing conservative viewers by offering an "alternate viewpoint." But critics argue conservative-leaning TV shows tend to suck because they often punch down. Do you think we need more conservatives on TV? 📺

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Despite record-breaking viewership numbers, ABC has canceled "Roseanne" after its star Roseanne Barr made racist comments about a former Obama aide.

In the tweet, the ABC star of her self-titled show attacked former President Obama White House adviser Valerie Jarrett, connecting her to the Islamist organization Muslim Brotherhood and the movie Planet of the Apes.
"Muslim brotherhood & planet of the apes had a baby=vj,” Barr wrote, using Jarrett's initials while replying to a tweet which accused Jarrett of helping to cover up alleged misdeeds for the Obama administration. 

Don Jr. applauded the "Roseanne" reboot, praising the "alternate viewpoint" it offered to what is typically on TV.

Others were happy to see a working-class family at the center of a TV show.

Even critics of Trump were excited to see the show represent conservative characters as a more accurate reflection of America right now.

But others refused to watch the show. Roseanne Barr is an unapologetic Trump supporter and, to many, the Trump administration is seen as a threat to democracy. Normalizing Trump on a sitcom isn't what we should be doing right now.

But the premiere episode of "Roseanne" opened with massive ratings. Clearly, there is an audience that wants to watch conservative stories play out on screen.

Conservatives have long had a difficult time finding success in Hollywood, in part because conservatism often clashes directly with the things that make art and comedy so valuable. As Judd Apatow puts it:

I know who I am as a storyteller: I want to feel hope about people's abilities to incrementally learn. This is related to the reason why you don't see movies and television about Republican and conservative ideas—because Republicans are trying to present themselves as correct, as clean, as Mike Pence–y. Unlike them, I want people who actually evolve.
When you see Mike Pence, you think there's a lot going on inside that guy. At least I do. But the problem is that Mike Pence will not tell you that... that's why there's no incredible, hysterically funny show about conservatives, because they're too concerned about trying to present themselves as correct. They're all going, I'm not neurotic. I'm not a disaster in any way. They don't admit how lost they are. There's something dishonest to me about that; it's living a lie. 

Conservative television would just mean normalizing bigotry and hate for many. No thanks.

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