In ABC’s comedy series “Last Man Standing,” actor-comedian Tim Allen, playing the show’s conservative Mike Baxter, defended the First Amendment by taking on liberal college professors and “micro-aggressions” often prohibited on campus.
This and following ABC clip via Media Research Center
Baxter is preparing a speech he was invited to deliver by his daughter Mandy to her business school’s graduation ceremony, and she asks him if he’d like her to help him with the address before she sends it in.
“Send it in? What do you mean?” he asks his daughter.
She explains that a faculty committee needs to check it for “micro-aggressions,” which she described as an example of “objectionable words or phrases,” so he delivers what he has written so far.
Baxter is stopped by Mandy at the very beginning of his speech — she tells Baxter that the phrase “ladies and gentlemen” can’t be used “because it excludes those who don’t identify as either.”
He’s also prevented from calling “America the land of opportunity,” leading him to conclude, “This list is insane. If I go by these rules, I’ll be going against everything I believe in.”
Baxter snatches the list of objectionable words and phrases from his daughter and sets to work — and his speech includes every objectionable word and phrase.
Hours later, he presents it to his wife, Vanessa.
“To quote future Nobel Prize winner Lee Greenwood, Baxter begins. “‘I’m proud to be an American.’ Not just because I have the right to speak my mind or carry an awesome gun, but because it’s the land of opportunity. Some whiny babies might not think so, but in America, if you work hard, anyone can be successful. Anyone. Any.one. Any one.”
Vanessa tells Mike that he can’t deliver the speech as written without getting their daughter into trouble.
“With the thought police, who have their panties in a bunch?” he asks. “And that’s in there. Got that in.”
Mandy eventually substitutes another speaker — an immigrant from Pakistan her father had introduced her to who made a success of himself in the United States.
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