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Ben Shapiro: ‘Roseanne Is Not a Conservative Show’

Michael Morris
By Michael Morris | March 28, 2018 | 4:11 PM EDT

Editor-in-Chief of "The Daily Wire" and host of "The Ben Shapiro Show" Ben Shapiro (Screenshot)

On his daily Facebook Live podcast “The Ben Shapiro Show” Wednesday, host Ben Shapiro cautioned conservatives about the return of ABC’s “Roseanne,” warning, “‘Roseanne’ is not a conservative show.”

“What’s fascinating about this is a lot of people on the right are excited about this,” stated Ben Shapiro. “This is the cultural moment, right? Because Roseanne Barr is a Trump supporter, and Roseanne’s character in the show is a Trump supporter. She talks about how she voted for Trump in the very first episode. But a note of caution, okay? ‘Roseanne’ is not a conservative show. It’s not even close to a conservative show.”

Ben Shapiro’s remarks came after ‘[t]he revival of Roseanne premiered to massive ratings Tuesday night,” according to Entertainment Weekly. “The return delivered an incredible 18.2 million viewers along with an equally impressive 5.1 rating among adults 18-49.” Shapiro wrote a book called “Primetime Propaganda” on how the left took over Hollywood and your television shows, in which he talked with the producers of the original “Roseanne,” including Marcy Carsey.

Below is a transcript of Shapiro’s comments from his show on Wednesday:

“Okay, so the big news of the night was cultural news. So, Roseanne Barr is back. She’d been absent from the public scene for about 20 years. Roseanne actually went off the air—the show “Roseanne” went off the air in 1997. So, it’s been 21 years since Roseanne Barr was on the air with a regular sitcom. She did some reality TV stuff, but she wasn’t world famous anymore.

“And now she’s back, and she’s back with a vengeance because the ratings on her show were just unbelievable. Looking at the ratings right now on Roseanne’s show: ‘The revival of Roseanne premiered to massive ratings.’ We are talking, from Entertainment Weekly, an ‘impressive 5.1 rating,’ which is almost unheard of. It ‘is the highest-rated comedy telecast on any network in nearly four years (since a premiere episode of CBS’ The Big Bang Theory from 2014). 18.2 million viewers among adults 18-49, which means it was even more for older episodes, obviously.

“So, this was bigger than ‘This Is Us during any of its regularly scheduled episodes.’

“In the adult demo, it [trumped] Sunday’s … 60 Minutes episode … with Stormy Daniels.’ It’s amazing. Right?

“It actually was ‘higher among total viewers than its 1997 finale 21 years ago!’ And the ‘audience … grew slightly from its first quarter to its second, which is a [pretty] good sign.’

“‘This [was] Tuesday’s highest-rated entertainment telecast in six years among young adults and ABC’s best results in the time slot since 2006.’

 

“Okay? That is a massive, massive hit for ABC, if those ratings hold up for ‘Roseanne.’

“Now, what’s fascinating about this is a lot of people on the right are excited about this. This is the cultural moment, right? Because Roseanne Barr is a Trump supporter, and Roseanne’s character in the show is a Trump supporter. She talks about how she voted for Trump in the very first episode. But a note of caution, okay? ‘Roseanne’ is not a conservative show. It’s not even close to a conservative show.

“In fact, I think it’s pretty clever and nefarious in how non-conservative it is. And it’s worth coming back to the history of ‘Roseanne’ and talking a little bit about this.

“I happen to be an expert on this because I wrote an entire 400-page book about television called ‘Primetime Propaganda,’ in which I talked with the producers of the original ‘Roseanne,’ including Marcy Carsey, who is the woman behind it originally.

“And the way you can tell this show has some pretty skewed politics – even though it has a Trump supporter who’s not being portrayed as a complete nincompoop – the reason you can tell that the politics of this show are skewed is because the New York Times are treating it well, Vox.com treating it well. Alright? All of the leftist publications are saying, ‘“Roseanne” is great.’

“Why? Because the actual theme of the show is that the only reason you would vote for Trump is for non-cultural reasons. Alright? The show is one big lie about Trump. The show is one big lie about conservatives. The lie that the show tells is that the reason people voted for Trump is because they were dissatisfied with the economy and because they were looking to give Donald Trump a chance to fix it. And it wasn’t about cultural issues. That’s not true. Okay?

“In 2016, Donald Trump did not win because there was a bunch of dispossessed white people who decided they need a better way of doing economics, and so they turned to Trump. That’s not what happened. What happened is that the culture war was at the front of everyone’s mind. 2016 was a cultural war. Everyone knew it. It was a culture war over race and over feminism – and the left knows this too – and what they are trying to suggest is that the only conciliation that can take place in the country can take place on economic issues.”


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