With Hillary Clinton being the presumptive Democratic nominee for the 2016 bid for the most powerful office in the land, we would be remiss if we didn’t remember all of the women before her who have run…Geraldine Ferraro, Sarah Palin, Shirley Chisholm, Jill Stein, Carol Moseley-Braun, Cynthia McKinney and Gracie Allen…just to name a few.
However, none of them brought as much controversy and skepticism as when Roseanne Barr.
Roseanne is known for a lot of things. Butchering the National Anthem, being unapologetically opinionated and for producing the first sitcom to show a lesbian kiss on national television.
So, when she announced her candidacy in 2012 for the highest office in the land…The Presidency of the United States, most people chalked it up to a publicity stunt. After all, her popularity had waned considerable after The Roseanne Show. Between that, her split from ex-husband Tom Arnold and numerous other shenanigans…could she really be serious.? Yes, indeed she was.
While Obama and Romney were squaring off, Roseanne was encouraged by U.S. Representative Cynthia McKinney and film activist Michael Moore to make her voice be heard as the leader of the Green Party. With both barrels blazing, she hired campaign manager Farheen Hakeem and began strategizing to win the nomination from from-runner Jill Stein.
Apart from her political aspirations and views (which she jokes ended her career), I learned some things about Roseanne I never knew. Never knew she had been institutionalized for mental health reasons in Provo, Utah or that she hailed from Salt Lake. Nor did I know her family owned an apartment building full of Jewish refugees or that a brain injury she incurred as a child put her in a coma for five days. When she had awaken…she awoke to being a completely different person..which probably explains a lot about the Roseanne we have come to know in the media.
Roseanne exudes a vulnerable, sweet side showing her sensitivity to the world around her just like the rest of us. It’s never more noticeable than when she watches her loss to Jill Stein for the Green Party nom 149 – 36. But, of course, we are treated to the Roseanne we have come to love when we watch her puffing on a blunt while passing a cop car…lol
Running for any political office is daunting, but when you are a personality as controversial as Roseanne – it takes a lot of guts to put yourself out there despite the consequences or results.
If you haven’t seen this documentary…take a look, learn, be educated and surprised. Roseanne For President made its debut at the 2015 Tribeca Film Festival and will be released on July 1st in Los Angeles (Sundance Sunset Cinema), New York (IFC Center) and available on VOD/Digital Platforms.