Roseanne Barr: Hollywood Blacklisted Me for My Progressive Politics
Hollywood is mostly run by progressives (like Steven Spielberg, Jeffrey Katzenberg and Harvey Weinstein), employs progressive actors (like Sean Penn, George Clooney and Tim Robbins) and produces progressive projects (like "Fahrenheit 9/11," "Rendition" and "The Lorax").
Roseanne Barr insists her new sitcom pilot got shelved because of her ... wait for it ... progressive politics.
The Green Party candidate for the Oval Office told Politicker.com her new show "Downwardly Mobile" tested well but got shelved because her views were too divisive.
"How they figure what is polarizing is blows my mind. It really has blown my mind,” she said. “I guess it went back to the sponsors on the East Coast and some of them are—they don’t like me no matter what I do and they don’t like the things I say, so it’s kind of like blacklisting or something. But the fact is that I still think it’s weird to blacklist, or whatever you want to call it, in Hollywood, someone who has a huge—whose show had a huge audience and still does after 20-something years.”
Barr later tells the outlet that NBC may still use the series as a midseason replacement - the blackist didn't last long, apparently.
Wouldn't an industry veteran like Barr realize shows get dropped for about a million different reasons beyond politics, especially when her politics align with most of her peers?
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