Season 7 Episode 9

White Men Can't Kiss

Aired Tuesday 9:00 PM Nov 16, 1994 on ABC
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White Men Can't Kiss
Roseanne is busy finishing up a costume for DJ's part in the school play, when he comes in and says that he quit the part. After he is asked why, DJ explains that the kissing of a black girl turns him away from the role. Roseanne and Dan are forced to look at their own feelings about race when several problems arise from DJ's decision.moreless

Who was the Episode MVP ?

  • DJ isn't racist

    Would Roseanne have the same attitude if it was Darlene or Becky? She would agree with them if they felt uncomfortable in having a black boy kissing them. Roseanne later felt uncomfortable in helping a black adult in her restaurant. If this episode was made today and instead of black DJ would have to kiss a boy and he didn't want to would that make him ***phobic.
  • Dan and Roseanne must face the truth that DJ may be prejudice and he may of picked it up from them.

    This episode is another great installment and fine episode to add the the Roseanne collection, it faces a true reality with this episode. DJ not wanting to kiss the young black girl because of her skin color could happen anywhere and the series tried to make everyone face the truth. Throughout the episode, Roseanne and Dan struggle in their own ways what the right thing to do is. In the end, DJ comes to an understanding that just because the young girls skin color is different does not mean he should treat her differently than any other girl. This episode is a great one to watch, I highly recommend it.moreless
  • Roseanne and Dan question their own morals after DJ drops out of a school play because he doesn't want to kiss a black girl.

    This episode had a good message behind it, with Roseanne and Dan trying to set a good example for DJ to make sure he treats everyone equally. I thought that these were well done scenes, and the scene between DJ and Dan was very honest, with DJ worrying about being made fun of by his friends, and other things like that.

    I didn't care much for the scenes with Dan, and Roseanne/Jackie dealing with revelations that they may not be as open-minded as they thought. Not that I don't think these were GOOD scenes, but something about them seemed a

    I mean, Dan has had quite a few black friends over the series, Chuck being a very long-lasting one, and he has a few different ones over for some poker games in the first couple seasons. Not to mention his football team. I didn't get why he was all of a sudden so worried about it. Same with Roseanne, there has never been any indication that she had a problem with racism, but the last scene goes against that, when she has a tense conversation with the father of the girl in DJ's class.

    By the way, I'm not sure of the actual time-frame where these scenes were supposed to happen, but I thought it was strange that the girl's father confronted Roseanne *after* DJ had a talk with Dan and decided to do the play. I suppose he hadn't told his teacher yet, but they could have edited that a little better I think.

    I also have to say that, while I appreciate the message of the episode and I thought it had some good scenes (the tag is very funny as well with Bev,) but it felt a little extreme, even for Roseanne. Don't get me wrong, I don't have any problem with anti-racism messages, I can't stand closed-minded people, but it was the almost non-stop focus of the episode and some of it felt a little too.. "acted" I guess. Just my 2 cents, I'm sure lots will disagree with me.

    Regardless, this is a good episode that everyone should try to catch on the air.moreless
  • i think it's a good episode

    i think that this episode was good for the roseanne show. it showed me that they weren\'t rasicist. i\'m mean they only had 3 or 4 black people in the show as is. and when ropseanne said that they \"blacks are just like them.\" i relized they relly weren\'t bigots. i think that might have attracted a few ,more blacks to watch.
Rae'Ven Larrymore-Kelly

Rae'Ven Larrymore-Kelly

Geena Williams

Guest Star

Michael Traeger

Michael Traeger


Guest Star

Justin Isfeld

Justin Isfeld


Guest Star

Michael O'Keefe

Michael O'Keefe


Recurring Role

James Pickens Jr.

James Pickens Jr.

Chuck Mitchell

Recurring Role

John McConnell

John McConnell


Recurring Role

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  • TRIVIA (1)

    • This is the first episode that Jackie and Fred's baby's name is revealed. Although, Andy was born in the episode Labor Day approximately 7 months (in real life) ago. He's also appeared in quite a few episodes since.

  • QUOTES (9)

    • (Jackie is explaining to Mr. Williams why Roseanne didn't let him in the diner at first)
      Jackie: She didn't do that because you're African-American. She did that because you're a man.
      Roseanne: Yeah, and I'm prejudiced against all men equally.

    • (Fred and Jackie talk while Bev plays with Andy)
      Fred: See? It doesn't look like she's doing too much harm.
      Jackie: It's like radiation, Fred! It may take 20 years but that baby is going to pay the price for this exposure!

    • Dan: I'm not a racist.
      Roseanne: Yeah and neither's your father, 'always gets along so well with the Coloreds'.
      Dan: Knock it off, Rosie.
      Roseanne: If I knew you were going to be passing your family's crap down to my kids, I wouldn't be having another one with you.

    • Dan: DJ's young, and he hasn't had much exposure to other cultures.
      Chuck: Other cultures?, Why, is the black girl from China?

    • Roseanne: Dan, we have a problem.
      Dan: (Drinking a beer) Nothing that six more of These can't fix!

    • Roseanne: Hey, kid, where's your teacher?
      Kid: I'll tell you, for a buck!
      Roseanne: I don't have a buck, how about a quarter shoved up your nose?
      Kid: You're DJ's mom, aren't you?

    • Dan: By the time I was thirteen, I had kissed seven girls!
      Roseanne: Yeah, and two of them,he wasn't related to!

    • Roseanne: You're doing that play and that's all there is to it!
      D.J.: Well Dad said I didn't have to and dad outranks you.
      Roseanne: Are you new?

    • Roseanne: (to D.J) Hey! Black people are just like us. They're every bit as good as us and any people who don't think so is just a bunch of banjo-picking, cousin-dating, barefoot embarrassments to respectable white-trash like us!

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