I think that all comics or humorists, or whatever we are, ask questions. That’s what we’re supposed to do. But I not only ask the questions, I offer solutions.
A comic needs to understand the big picture in order to fracture it and present it to people so they can see it more clearly. Comedy is the only hope for humanity.
There is so much to say about Roseanne Barr. She’s smart, funny, beautiful, real and makes a lot of sense, for starters. She’s also a writer, a stand up comedian, an actress and a political activist; she ran for President of the United States in 2012, will run again in 2016, and says she’ll keep running until she wins. Out of all the presidential candidates I’ve seen, she’s the best by a long shot and could easily make a clean space in the huge mess that is the colonist Congress/White House that’s been running the genocidal oppression and enslavement show for the last 500+ years in the Americas.
Like many from my generation, I first learned of Roseanne from watching her sitcom ‘Roseanne’ which ran from 1988 to 1997. This show always made me feel so warm and fuzzy, and still does when I watch reruns. I would giggle with glee at how she smartly, effortlessly, lovingly and effectively ran the Conner household. This simple, funny and smart “blue collar/working class” family probably spoke to and affirmed the hearts of the majority of American and Canadian households who weren’t chasing the elitist American
Dream Nightmare and instead were busy being themselves, struggling to survive the day to day shit life throws at us.
The Conner family was the kind of quirky, diverse, fun-loving, down-to-earth, non-judgmental, supportive family I always dreamed of belonging to, and I loved getting lost in this cozy world for the 30 minutes the show would air. This show was such a refreshing change from the bland mainstream Stepford status quo television “programming” on TV, then, and what seems like more so, nowadays.
Roseanne is unapologetic about her beliefs in her uniquely casual yet serious-as-a-heart attack manner. She takes no shit from anyone, which is one of the many things I love about her.
A guy is a lump like a doughnut. So, first you gotta get rid of all the stuff his mom did to him. And then you gotta get rid of all that macho crap that they pick up from beer commercials. And then there’s my personal favorite, the male ego.
Roseanne inspires the matriarchal warrior within me. She also makes me look forward to aging. I see her as I see all women, like a fine wine that gets better with age. She is the kind of person that commands Respect from those smart enough to see her for the spark of beauty and power she is. Roseanne says it how it is in a funny and accessible way, and offers simple solutions to stupid, over-complicated problems created by the colonist culture. Though she isn’t a decolonist and believes in making changes within the current political/legal-economic order of things, I still think she’s still a radical woman just for being herself. I like what she says about her relationship with politics/the political system:
I just want to keep the voice of dissent alive in all of our elections. I don’t really want to hang out with politicians. I’d rather go straight to hell, and not collect $200.
She doesn’t pretend to be a submissive man-pleaser like the colonist patriarchy demands of women, and I love her so much for that, it was so inspiring to me to watch as a young female trying to navigate my way through the jungle of the fucked up misogynist colonist culture. It takes guts to be ourselves and voice our rejection of the mainstream bullshit lies that society (and sometimes our families) feed us from birth, and Roseanne does it with her unique style of power and grace.
Thank you Roseanne for the radical act of being honest with a triple dose of brilliant hilarity; you are a fresh and fierce gust of inspirational wind beneath my matriarchal wings!
“The thing women have yet to learn is nobody gives you power. You just take it.” — Roseanne Barr
Source for some of Roseanne’s background info and quotes used in this article.