When "Roseanne" came back last week, it seemed to get decent reviews from all sides. But this week's episode was WAY more polarizing. Especially a joke about two other ABC sitcoms, "Black-ish" and "Fresh Off the Boat".
Roseanne and Dan fell asleep in front of the TV, and when they woke up, Dan said, quote, "We missed all the shows about black and Asian families."
And Roseanne replied, quote, "They're just like us. There, now you're all caught up."
Some people have been calling that joke racist, but producer Bruce Helford says it's not . . . quote, "We were commenting on the fact that all sitcoms really want everybody to feel included of all diversities and it's kind of a funny thing. That's all.
"When we did the 'George Lopez' show, we didn't want anybody to feel excluded because it was about a Mexican-American family. And I don't think anybody wants to be excluded because it's [a show about] either a black family or an Asian-American family."