The reboot is going to feature Mark, a “gender creative” child. Mark will be the child of Roseanne’s younger daughter Darlene and her husband David.
Mark won’t be the first genderfluid child on TV. Taylor from Billions, played by Asia Kate Dillon, gets that honor. The Roseanne reboot, however, is more high-profile. One Million Moms hasn’t spoken out against Billions.
In an email from Monica Cole, director of One Million Moms, the group called for a boycott.
The bulk of the email is “won’t someone think of the children” nonsense:
Unfortunately, the age of Roseanne’s grandchildren may attract young viewers, so the victims of this outrageous program are the young cast members, not to mention any child who views the show. The sexualization and moral corruption of these children is child exploitation at its worst. No child should be introduced to the experience of mental disorders.
The article also points to the original series’ groundbreaking lesbian kiss as a sign of civilization falling:
This will only be the beginning unless we speak up. Consider that the original Roseanne’s most controversial move was once a kiss between two women – that’s sadly a common scene on network television today.
Placing gender fluid and non-binary characters in mainstream television shows are the next step in normalizing a culture that dissociates a person’s biological gender from their “gender identity.”
DNA proves a female is female and a male is male. There is no gray area here and no such thing as “gender fluid.” Confusing young viewers and child cast members with gender dysphoria is destructive. ABC is glorifying gender dysphoria, also known as gender identity disorder, and using a child to promote this mental disorder.
The new Roseanne will air in 2018.