Actor and director Rob Reiner is warning that the reboot of “Roseanne” could become a megaphone for the “lunatic fringe.”
The 71 year-old political activist told MSNBC host Joy Reid that the popular show, which enjoyed record-breaking ratings of 25 million viewers with its return to television after 20 years, could be used as a pro-President Donald Trump “megaphone.”
“You have your Fox News and Sinclair and Breitbart and Infowars — which used to be considered and thought of as the lunatic fringe — have now become the mainstream media,” Reiner said.
He complained that “truthful journalists, people who are pursuing the truth, are diminished,” and added that “Democracy is really in trouble.”
Naturally, he found a way to incorporate the typical liberal talking points.
“It goes back to the original sin of this country which is slavery, and we are fighting this last battle of the civil war. And those people who are the alt-right, the white supremacists are hanging on for dear life, and they’re using these propaganda tools which are not just, like I say, lunatic fringe,” Reiner said. “They’re now invading us, and you guys in the mainstream media seeking the truth are really fighting an uphill battle. This is a real battle right here for the soul of democracy.”
The success of the “Roseanne” comeback seems to have taken the left by surprise as the mega-ratings have led to the show being renewed for its 11th season and landing its star, Roseanne Barr, with a personal congratulatory phone call from Trump.
The”Roseanne” show will help to “normalize the President of the United States and to ennoble his base,” Reiner warned.
“I think it can help him because you have the star of the show … trumpeting all of the things that Donald Trump stands for,” he continued. “When you take the main character and that person is a personification of Trump’s point of view, that puts that idea forward. Now 18 million people (who watched on day one) that’s a lot of people. And when you couple that with Sinclair and Breitbart and Fox, you have a tremendous megaphone.”
(*Note: the delayed ratings show that the Roseanne ratings came in at 25 million.)
Reiner also believes Reiner feels ABC and parent company Disney will have a major problem on their hands with Barr;s outspokenness.
“They’re going to have to walk a very fine line,” Reiner said. “and I have a feeling they’re going to try to rein Roseanne in outside the show. They’re going to run into some very severe problems if you see any of those tweets she puts out outside the show.”
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