An Open Letter to Roseanne Barr: You've Disappointed Your Fans Who Believed In Your Show

An Open Letter to Roseanne Barr: You've Disappointed Your Fans Who Believed In Your Show

I know that there is a highly unlikely chance that you'll actually read this letter, but I'll give it a shot anyways...
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Dear Roseanne Barr,

Roseanne, you and I both know that you've come under fire from all directions - people from the Left and the Right - after those horrendous tweets you sent about former Obama advisor, Valerie Jarett. You tried to claim that you were under the influence of Ambien at two in the morning this past Memorial Day, but then, of course, Sanofi - the drug company behind Ambien, clapped back at you saying , "While all pharmaceutical treatments have side effects, racism is not a known side effect of any Sanofi medication."

Look, you've said so even yourself that fans should not defend you for what you have said. And you're completely right, fans shouldn't defend you. What you have done Roseanne is not simply just write a few tweets... but you have also disappointed me and all of your fans who believed in your show. I know that sounds like an exaggerated statement right there, but let me tell you what I mean by that.

When I first learned that "Roseanne" was going to come back on the air after a twenty-plus year hiatus, I was ecstatic. I remember growing up and watching rerun shows of the early seasons of "Roseanne" on DVD with my mother before she passed away. I remember every weekend my mother and I would watch you and the rest of the "Roseanne" cast be the television equivalent of the everyday family. While yes, my family was small growing up, I still nevertheless felt as if that didn't matter because the Connors made you a part of the family. We viewers would watch as Roseanne Connor struggled with making financial ends meet (which frankly was a mirror image of my single mother) and simply kicked ass while being her unapologetic true self in her household.

And I know that many people will argue that you, Roseanne Barr, were one of the same with your character. Perhaps that reason in of itself is one of the reasons you got fired from ABC through the "Roseanne" cancellation. But, listen to me when I say that you've changed, and so has America.

America isn't the America it was when "Roseanne" first aired in the late 1980s. No longer does America live with archaic technology, nor do we have Ronald Reagan in office. Even though we have a sitting Republican president now, just like at the start of your show, there are some things that are just purely unacceptable regardless of the times, and one of those things is racism. Racism is among one of the few values in America that frankly should be non-existent, but unfortunately, you have proven this is not the case. Say "Oh, I'm just an idiot" all you want Roseanne, however you brought this on yourself.

You must've known at some point during your Ambien-fuelled 2 a.m. Twitter rant that your tweet would've had repercussions. You must've known that by blatantly insulting someone based on their race would've reached ABC executives at some point in time. You must've known that by hitting "Tweet" that you'd actually perhaps be joining the likes of Kathy Griffin and other shunned comedians who were also just trying to "make a joke." You must've known that you would be disappointing your fans somehow by sending that tweet.

But no, you didn't. You thought you were invincible, untouchable, perhaps? I'm not sure what your mindset was. All I know is that the warm sentimental feeling I felt throughout season ten of "Roseanne" is gone.

Goodbye to the number one show on TV that gave conservative values a representation in a liberal driven media. Goodbye to "Roseanne", I guess I'll just settle for reruns and ignore your other Twitter storm rants on your profile feed ... because I can only now romanticize about an America that wasn't so divisive as it is currently.

Sincerely,

A "Roseanne" Fan


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A Letter To My Dancers

Everything your dance teacher wants you to know.
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When anyone (especially a child) chooses to invest their time, talent, and passion into dancing, it's nothing to take lightly. These kids spend more time with me at the studio than they do at home with their parents. Before long, they're my "kids," too. When I only have an hour to lead a warm-up, teach choreography, and rehearse a number, there isn't much time to express the thoughts and feelings I'd necessarily like to. Being a dance teacher is the most spectacular and rewarding job - and I want my students to know that. Between the great rehearsals and the frustrating ones, the competitions and recitals, and the endless hours we spend together each week, there are just a few reminders I need to share with them.

Dear Dancers,

Please love yourself and love what you do with every ounce of your being. Do it with so much passion that your heart wants to burst. Dance is the most special thing; it's something we are privileged and lucky to have, so don't take it for granted.

Please believe in yourself. You are worthy. You are talented. You are strong and capable of everything you set your mind to. Strive to be the best version of yourself every day, not the reflection of the girl next to you. Dance like you. Move like you. Experiment and find what makes you, you. Be an individual. Trust me when I say I don't want 20 carbon-copied robots. I want you.

Trust that I have your best interest in mind. Sometimes my choices and decisions won't make sense, you might be confused, hurt or frustrated, but keep the faith that I'm on your side. I don't want to see you fail, and I'll do everything in my power to help you find the success you're looking for.

I want you to succeed, but for me to do that, you need to tell me what you need. Do you need the counts again? Do you need me to review the transition to floor one more time? If you understand, tell me. If you don't, tell me that, too. Be vocal, be present, be smart, and be prepared. Practice on the sides. Pay attention to the small details. Ask questions. Don't be late, and definitely don't forget your choreography. Take responsibility for your responsibilities and lead by example. Do you have any remote idea how many children look up to you? Who want to be just like you someday? Dance just like you? Kids watch, listen, and copy. Make sure the behaviors you're teaching them are behaviors you're proud of.

Make memories with your dance family while you still can. Cherish every 9 a.m. Saturday morning rehearsal, every competition you attend, every fundraising event, and every team sleepover. It'll be gone so fast. You're going to miss these days. Please, enjoy them.

Don't compare yourself to other dancers. You are you, and nobody can do "you" better than yourself. Don't wish away your abilities by secretly wishing you had Suzie's feet, Betsy's port de bras, or Charlie's center. The only thing you need to worry about is being a better version of yourself than you were the day before. You are your only competition, so don't be too hard on yourself. Be kind to your mind and body. You work day in and day out to perfect your craft and artistry. You work to mold and create yourself. You'll be rewarded with time if you keep fighting and don't give up. Usually when you want to throw in the towel, it's after you don't get the part you wanted or you don't make the team you hoped to. What you need to understand is the answer isn't "No," the answer is "Not yet." You know you're trying and working hard, and those efforts don't go unnoticed -- even if it seems they are.

Please, remember that it's not going to always be fair. You're going to be let down, and you're going to feel disappointed from time to time. You're not always going to win the trophy. You're not always going to get the featured solo part, and not everyone can be the front row and center dancer. This doesn't mean you're "bad" and this doesn't mean you're not "meant" to dance either.

Quite frankly, it's just how it works, you guys. It doesn't mean I don't like you, and it doesn't mean the dancer who does have the solo is my favorite. The dancer just might be more talented. Yeah, I said it. They might have better lines, straighter knees, or stronger stage presence, and that is entirely okay. You're going to run into this for the rest of your adult life. Someone is going to be smarter, more qualified, more desirable for a particular job or position. So instead of despising and resenting these dancers (and especially me), try to learn from them instead. You'll learn more from each other than you could imagine. But if you take away one thing from this, know that you are still worthy of my best training, my best analogies, my best choreography -- whether you are featured, in the third row, or even off-stage for the turn section.

As your teacher, it's my job to teach. Learning (and learning correctly) requires close attention to detail, incredible focus, and a plethora of corrections on my part. Yes, I will go out of my way to critique you, and I will continually tell you what needs fixing until it's fixed. I might have to tell you over and over and over again. And you know, I might even get frustrated with you once in awhile because of it, but here's what you need to understand: This doesn't make me mean or a bad teacher. This doesn't mean I hate you. What it does mean is that I see potential in you and I want to help. I just have to ask, do you see what I see in you? Do you see the talent and abilities I see?

Corrections are good. Success is an incredibly long and never ending process that takes time, but the corrections I give you are helping you get one step closer. So next time you catch yourself getting upset about receiving the same critique week after week or you want to complain about how mean I am, please remember that my intent is not malicious. I'm doing my job.

It's also my job to instill perseverance, dedication, discipline, trust, humility, confidence, creativity, bravery, and strong work ethic into you. I want to push your limits. Test you. Challenge you. I want to mold you into the person you want to be. Even though you probably don't even know who that person is, I do.

There are so many possibilities, opportunities, and challenges that are out there once you enter the world of adulthood. The dance world is so much bigger than your studio, competition routines, and conventions. At the end of the day, no one remembers or cares (especially your future employers) if you won a quadruple diamond platinum plus on your lyrical solo in 2016. They don't care about your first place overall at Showbiz. They don't care if you're Teen Miss Winner of the World. They don't care. What people do care about is your character, your heart, and how you made them feel.

Dancers, I will always support you. Whether you want to pursue a professional dance career in Los Angeles or New York City, in a company overseas, on your college dance team, I will support you. Whether you want to teach dance or choreograph locally in town, I will support you. Whether you don't want to dance at all and maybe be an engineer or a cosmetologist, I will support you. I will always fuel your dreams, goals, and desires, no matter where they'll take you.

I love you and I'm proud of you.

Sincerely,

Your Dance Teacher


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