Tim Allen appeared on ‘The View‘ this week and discussed a topic that currently serves as a generational divide: PC culture. Many older comedians are disappointed that the comedy climate is changing, some jokes haven’t aged with them they and have to adapt their jokes to the current climate.
“You can’t even go back and talk about the book [Pryor] wrote,” Allen said to the ladies.
“And you know, what I got to do sometimes sometimes is explain – which I hate – in big arenas, that 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. So as long as you know my intent… I still get people who say, ‘Just don’t say it.’ And I said I’m not going to do that.”
Joy Behar added, “If I ever brought that old act back, I’d be driven out of town.”
“I’m surprised they haven’t because I do use some provocative words, but I tell them, it’s words I really got from my parents,” Allen said referring to the jokes in his stand up sets and tweets. “They said this stuff. When we talked about it… We can’t even say this stuff. Can’t even point to it.”
Tim Allen has had a lengthy acting career. Some of his most noteworthy credits are Buzz Lightyear in the ‘Toy Story’ franchise and Tim Taylor in ‘Home Improvement.’
Allen is currently starring in the hit comedy series ‘Last Man Standing.’ The show is set to launch its 8th season on January 2nd, 2020.
This isn’t the first time Tim Allen has spoken out against PC culture. He told IndieWire in 2018 that “there’s nothing, especially in this area, that pisses people off more than a very funny conservative… A smart, funny conservative that takes shots and is certainly self-effacing,” and that he uses this to “mess with the public.”
According to PopCulture, his efforts to defend his dated jokes goes back to 2013. He defended his right to use the “n-word” to Tampa Bay Times.
“If I have no intent, if I show no intent, if I clearly am not a racist, then how can ‘n—’ be bad coming out of my mouth?” Allen asked rhetorically to the outlet. “[The phrase] ‘the n-word’ is worse to me than n—.”
He joins many comedians in this philosophy like Jerry Seinfeld and Chris Rock.