Roseanne Barr has a new documentary film coming out which premiered at the Tribeca Film Festival called “Roseanne for President.” While promoting the film the irrepressible comic looked back at the infamous Lesbian kiss which she once shared with Mariel Hemingway on her TV sitcom “Roseanne.”
The movie, directed by Eric Weinrib, tells the story of Roseanne’s failed presidential bid from 2012. Weinrib previously worked assisting documentary filmmaker Michael Moore on his movies.
The real question is, “was the campaign a failure or just a big prank?” Comedian Pat Paulson famously did something similar back in 1968.
Whichever the case, Variety was not impressed. It said, “This authorized portrait doesn’t do much to suggest that the groundbreaking comedienne was a tireless contender for the Oval Office, although Barr does come across as a likable underdog who’s sincere in her desire to challenge big money and political entrenchment. A chronicle with some distance — perhaps one without Barr as executive producer — might have amounted to a deep-dish examination of what it takes to launch a third-party presidential candidacy.”
Meanwhile Roseanne dished on what happened when Mariel Hemingway’s gay character hit on her in a groundbreaking episode of her 90s sitcom “Roseanne.” This happened in an episode titled aptly enough “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” which first aired on March 1st 1994.
She told the Huffington Post, “It’s so different to watch it now … because they’ve repackaged it as ‘the gay kiss show, ‘ and it was a gay kiss, but to me, that was a show about homophobia.”
As to why she did it the comedian said, “My brother and sister are both gay. I just got tired of hearing bullshit about it, so I wanted to do [this episode].”
At the time Sandra Bernhard played the openly gay friend and business partner of Roseanne’s, Nancy Bartlett. Hemingway played Bernhard’s new girlfriend in the episode. They all go out to a gay bar where Hemingway plants the kiss on Roseanne’s lips when Bernhard is out of the room/
This led to Roseanne’s character having a bit of a fit and then wondering why it bothered her so much.