The producer of Roseanne wants you to watch the ABC revival and judge it on its merits — not the wacky shit its series star has done over the years.
Shit like that controversial 2009 photoshoot, which showed the actress taking out freshly baked people-shaped cookies from the oven, dressed like Hitler.
The photos, which resurfaced on social media following last week’s highly rated premiere of Roseanne Barr‘s rebooted sitcom, are reportedly from the “Germany issue” of Heeb magazine — a satirical Jewish publication that ran between 2001 and 2010.
The concept was apparently Barr’s idea. She defended the shoot in 2011, claiming the cookies were supposed to be an allegory for how common and “every day” holocausts have become since WWII. Too scorched by the imagery to search for a deeper meaning, however, 2018 Twitter responders took the photos at face value: Roseanne dressed as Hitler baking jew cookies.
Now with some calling for a boycott of ABC, the sitcom’s co-showrunner Bruce Helford is coming to the star’s defense. While Helford insisted there was probably a reason behind the controversial shoot, he wasn’t sure what it was and suggested that fans just ignore it, telling The Hollywood Reporter:
“I know that Roseanne is a very staunch supporter of Israel and she has said as much. I imagine there’s probably some amount of parody involved and all that. I don’t know the context of that so I wouldn’t make a comment on it. My feeling is that people should just watch the show and judge it on its merits. Watch the show without the accompanying background noise. Everybody, including Roseanne, wanted the show to be balanced. When we talk about wanting to open a dialogue in America, that’s something that the show does. We’re not trying to perform brain surgery or cure cancer. We all hoped that this would open a dialogue where people would start laughing at themselves a little bit, get a little less polarized and realize that this is a universal conversation. Lots of families find themselves divided on these issues. There’s got to be a way to talk and still love each other the way that Roseanne and Jackie made their peace [in the revival’s premiere]. And that’s really what we want to have come out of it.”
Roseanne, who is herself Jewish, insisted the photoshoot was nothing more than satire around the time it came out. In a 2011 episode of The Green Room with Paul Provenza, she said:
“[The controversy] really pissed me off. Because they were like, ├óΓé¼╦£you’re making fun of the people in the ovens,’ but I’m not making fun of people in the ovens ├óΓé¼┬ª There’s another, deeper layer to it. You know just the everyday. Moving off this Holocaust. There’s been about fifty of them since then. That’s what I’m kind of trying to say. Is like, Jesus Christ it’s so f├óΓé¼ΓÇ£king every day now, holocausts, it’s like baking cookies├óΓé¼┬ªThat’s what I’m trying to say. Let’s stop holocausts.”
Judging by the reactions this week, that deeper meaning was lost on even more people in 2018 than it was when it came out.
See the pics for yourself HERE.
[Image via ABC.]