|The Conners Halloween special: "Boo"|
|One of Roseanne and Dan's classic couples costumes|
So to see this tradition come back to life after all these years, only now without Roseanne herself being in the center of it, was beyond depressing.
But that's not even the worst part.
This episode, in particular, actually had the gall to call out today's overly PC culture, with a storyline focusing on the classic "offensive Halloween costume" stuff that you see on the news every year. I believe this year the scapegoat was that Megan Kelly lady. I dunno. There's always a big hoopla being made about something or another anymore. Who can even keep track?
Now, normally, I'd be all onboard with this type of storyline. I mean, it's classic Roseanne-esque material. The rough and gritty, non-PC Conners against the "normal" world kinda stuff (it's always been kind of their thing). But after Roseanne's real-life firing due to a so-called "racist" comment, and the cast and crews lack of support in her defense, I can't help but doubt the genuineness of the message they were trying to convey this time around.
|"Darklene", Frida, and an avalanche of hypocrisy|
Darlene's reaction is, of course, the same as the audiences (hopefully). Knowing the innocent, inoffensive intentions of the costume, she confronted the teacher in Roseanne-like fashion. A confrontation which included the following line, which I couldn't help but find a degree of irony and hypocrisy in:
"The good intention of the rule takes things a little far, don't you think? Why don't you grow a pair, Mr. Swinedell?"I mean... c'mon. A commentary on the over sensitivity and irrational over-cautiousness of labeling something as racist or offensive these days, when we should know better? Did this not ring any bells for the writers?
It's not that I disagree with the sentiment (I don't), but it's hard to not see the message as disingenuous considering the real-life circumstances.
But I dunno. Maybe that's just my own bias coming into play. After all, I have been rather butthurt about this whole Roseanne firing.