Actor and comedian Tim Allen blasted the “thought police” and condemned the “alarming” political correctness that has changed his live performances.
The conservative star of Fox’s “Last Man Standing” spoke about the culture shift during a discussion this week on ABC’s “The View” and actually got liberal co-host Joy Behar to agree with him.
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Allen lamented the fact that he now has to censor or explain himself during his stand-up comedy routines, reminiscing with Behar, who was also once a performing comedian, about the current climate that would eviscerate the comedy legends of years past.
“It’s a little bit different now. There’s a PC culture that makes it really hard,” Behar said, discussing Allen’s current comedy tour. “I think my act, if I ever brought that old act back, I’d be driven out of town.”
“What I’ve got to do sometimes is explain, which I hate, in big arenas, and this is a thought police thing and I do not like it. But when I use these words, this is my intent behind those words,” Allen said, noting that he can barely mention the late influential stand-up comedian Richard Pryor or satirical comedian from the 1960’s, Lenny Bruce.
“As long as you understand my intent,” Allen continued. “I still get people: ‘Well, just don’t say it,’ and I said, ‘I’m not going to do that.’ “
He acknowledged using some “provocative words” in his routine but explained that he tells his audiences the context, noting the remarks from his parents and others over the years which “I can’t even say here.”
“It’s an alarming thing for comedians,” Allen said.
Allen’s television sitcom, “Last Man Standing” was relaunched by Fox after ABC inexplicably dropped the show after several successful seasons. The 66-year-old comedian has been a vocal conservative, a rarity in liberal Hollywood, and has previously taken on the political correctness that he believes is killing comedy.
“I don’t want to be PC,” Allen said following the show’s relaunch last year.. “For all of us in the stand-up world, all of us are seeing this and feeling this, and it’s a little dangerous and uncomfortable that there [are] things you can’t say because they might hurt people’s feelings.”
“Words mean nothing,” he added at the time. “It’s the intent behind the words. Lenny Bruce said it. Comics play with them all the time. We joke around about words … and in my gut, words don’t matter. The intent behind the word matters. I’m a wordsmith; we play with words all the time.”
Other comedians, including Dave Chappelle, Jerry Seinfeld and Chris Rock, have also called out the social justice warriors.
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Veteran comedian and actor Jimmie Walker, who rose to fame during the 1970’s as JJ Walker on the sitcom, “Good Times,” has also slammed the political correctness and hyper-sensitivity of today’s culture.
“I think… anything that anybody says really is scrutinized. It’s nothing personal! Everybody takes everything so hard!” he told Fox News back in 2017. “I think that’s really what the problem is. Everybody is too sensitive.”
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