A standard too low?
I’m not sure what to make of this whole thing. Roseanne is of little interest to me as I never watched the first version of this show let alone the just terminated second version. It was a big thing even though she was, from the start, obviously so far gone as to be a major embarrassment.
My feeling was that the new version obviously pandered to the sick realm of the Trump disaster. Why would an entertainment network try to make a comedy out of a group of haters without making them the butt of all jokes?The power of humor in these situations is the very thing that authoritarian bigots cannot take. So I could not understand how such a program could survive without mocking these people despite the efforts to explain the idea.
I have never seen this type of evil dealt with as comedy with a member of the problem group as part of the performance. It would be like casting Herman Goering in Chaplin’s The Great Dictator. Your either clearly mocking ignorance and hatred or extolling ignorance and hatred. Roseanne had obviously long since become a advocate of ignorance and hate.
And so she could obviously not rise above being an advocate of ignorance and hatred. Satire and humor must illustrate the limitations and pretensions of hatred and bigotry. The key is the inherent absurdity of anyone who takes themselves as above others. Our basic species morality laughs at pretension and that helps inoculate us against our own tendencies. So an advocate of racism, bigotry, and ignorance is, by definition, not funny.
My hope is that this finally sets an example of what will not be tolerated. My fear is that the standard is far too low.