Julie Bettie's article discusses a concern for the underrepresentation of working class women in television shows. She states that she found only 8 of 35 shows that represented working-class and only 4 featured working-class women. Of these 4 sitcoms, Roseanne was "the most successful and provocative of the working-class family." (pg. 130) Bettie discusses why Roseanne was such a success through speaking with the public audience. The most outstanding statement she received was that people liked that it was about "real people." (pg. 142).
The episode of Roseanne that we watched in class gave not only humor and entertainment but, through Roseanne, also gave the representation that women can have power. This was one of Roseanne's goals as stated in Bettie's article, "In my show, the Woman is no longer a victim, but in control of her own mind." The scene that stuck out to me was when Roseanne was on the phone with the power company talking about paying the bills. In middle-class shows it is usually the man paying the bills. But this is not the case in working-class families which is probably a reason why people could relate to it so well.
Bettie goes on to discuss how class is interpreted. She states that its not viewed only through race and gender but, "as a hierarchically organized difference of taste, moral behavior, lifestyle preference, and intelligence." (pg. 141). What stuck out in my mind was during the episode we watched in class when Roseanne said that her and a friend had been messing around with the mannequins in a store in an inappropriate way. I believe I viewed this from an alternative view. I found Roseanne's actions funny but a highly unacceptable action as an adult. I am sure this perspective is to blame on my background of growing up in a white middle-class family and may have been taught a different lifestyle of behavior. With that I may have proved Bettie's point when she goes to question "of whether working-class representations are inherently negative," (pg. 141).
As the show has proven to be extremely popular I believe one part of the article which describes Roseanne's character in the show is of key value. She says, "Roseanne is ir. peak form: refusing to be intimidated by middle-class authority, she has the last outrageous word with her bosses, she refuses to be intimidated by the principal at her daughter's school, or the IRS or anyone for that matter." (pg. 132) The key to the success of this show may lie here because it applies to the "fantasy response to working-class women's attempts to sustain self-esteem in a world where they have little control." The struggle of women is on-going and the success of the show is due to Roseanne's ability to apply "real people" scenarios to the show.