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Roseanne Barr's Ex Tom Arnold Urges Her to Show Her's and Trump's 'Cruelty' on Her Show

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In a single tweet, Barr's ex Tom Arnold laid out the discrepancy between what her show portrays and the reality of what supporting Trump has done to marginalized people. 

Just this week the Roseanne reboot has sparked mega-ratings, early renewal for another season, and controversy about whether or not people will watch the series that depicts Roseanne Barr's alter-ego Roseanne Conner as a loveable Donald Trump supporter who supports her gender nonconforming grandchild despite having voted for the man who continues to push hurtful anti-LGBT legislation. Now, Barr's ex husband Tom Arnold has tweeted at her saying he hopes she, who proudly continues to support Trump despite his hateful policies against marginalized people, portrays the "cruelty" she and Trump are both capable in real life.

The Roseanne reboot premiered last week to boffo ratings. Trump even called its creator Barr to congratulate her. Beyond the ratings, the show has inspired dozens of think pieces about its message considering that out lesbians Sara Gilbert and Wanda Sykes are involved and have included a moving story about Roseanne Conner's daughter Darlene's (Gilbert) child grappling with gender identity. What the creators and writers failed to mention, and what Arnold was referring to when he, unfortunately, wrote "transgenders" rather than transgender people is Trump's history of further otherizing and placing trans people in harm's way by rescinding protections for trans students that ensured they could use the restroom that matched their gender identity and doubling down on banning trans people from the military.

Arnold (who costarred in True Lies) and Barr were married more than 25 years ago, but his points about a disconnect between the reality of what Trump has brought down upon marginalized people and what the show has thus far--it's only two episodes in --depicted raise questions about how real the series is willing to get.

Arnold's tweet also alluded to Barr tweeting in support of the "Pizzagate" conspiracy theory that claimed Hillary Clinton was part of a pedophile sex ring. And recently, Barr tweeted at teen Parkland school shooting survivor anti-gun activist David Hogg accusing him of giving the Nazi salute. The photo was doctored and she later admitted as much in another tweet.

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