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It’s Official: ‘Roseanne’ Is Coming Back

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It’s official: The new season of Roseanne, the groundbreaking ’90s sitcom, will air this March.

A few months ago, there was a casting call for a “gender-creative child” to join the show — and it appears someone has  been cast as a new Conner grandchild as a way to “represent the world” we live in, according to Entertainment Weekly.

Darlene and David’s 9-year-old nonbinary son, Mark, is played by Ames McNamara. In the eight-episode reboot, Mark wears girls’ clothes but doesn’t identify as gay or transgender. That was deliberate, in order to start a dialogue around what being gender non-conforming is, according to writer and star Sara Gilbert (Darlene). As she told Cosmopolitan:

He happens to dress that way [and] he’s an amazing, creative, brilliant kid, which you will see… I don’t want to pigeonhole him and say just because he dresses this way that’s the only thing about him.

[Roseanne] is a show that’s always been able to represent the world and talk about it without being so issue-heavy. We can do it through the dynamics of the family. I know kids like that and it seemed like a great character.

This choice surprised many people, considering Roseanne Barr’s own political beliefs — and past comments about transgender people.

Of course, Barr — who was raised in a working-class Jewish family in Salt Lake City — has also been outspoken about her support of Trump, which is also why the inclusion of a nonbinary child has caused some confusion.

On the show, Barr’s alter-ego and spouse — Roseanne and Dan Conner — are Trump supporters. Barr also recently explained this decision:

I said it, and I’ll say again … I’ve always attempted to portray a realistic portrait of the American people and of working class people.

And in fact, it was working class people who elected Trump, so I felt like that was very real and something that needed to be discussed especially about polarization in the family and actually hating people for the way they voted, which I feel like is not American. … There was a lot of thought in it.

Still, no matter what you think of Barr’s beliefs, her dedication to creating a realistic portrait of the heartland is admirable — and steeped in tradition, given the show’s groundbreaking past in portraying a working-class American family.

We’ll be watching. Will you?

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