Comedian and actor Tim Allen can fight with the best of them and do it with a smile on his face and a laugh to boot. He proved that this week when he appeared on The View. He came out swinging, taking a stand against the “thought police” and political correctness culture, suggesting it’s an “alarming thing for comedians.” It’s alarming for every American out there.
Even Joy Behar had to agree with him on this issue. She’s a former comedian and now the host of The View. Although frankly, I have never found her funny. But even a shrew like Behar has the right to free speech in this country. “There’s a PC culture out there, makes it really hard,” Behar said to Allen. “I think my act, if I ever brought that old act back, I’d be driven out of town.” That may be true in today’s politically charged culture.
From The Western Journal:
“Allen expressed agreement, noting that material from legendary comedians like Lenny Bruce and Richard Pryor, both of whom are deceased, would offend modern-day audiences.
“What I gotta do 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,’” Allen added.
“So as long as you understand my intent — I still get people: ‘Well, just don’t say it,’ and I said ‘I’m not going to do that,’” he said, using a mocking voice as he relayed what his critics tell him.
“Behar then pointed out that people will still “take it out of context and put it on Twitter, or put it on Facebook.”
“Allen responded: “I’m surprised they haven’t.”
“I do use some provocative words, but I tell them it’s words I really got from my parents. They said this stuff,” he added.
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— The View (@TheView) November 26, 2019
“The actor went on to call the situation “alarming.”
“And I can’t even say it here. I can’t even point to it. It is an alarming thing for comedians,” he said, noting that most of his material is about “family and kids and growing up.”
“Allen provided an example of how material that some audiences enjoy doesn’t go over as well in other parts of the country.
“He talked about how his grandmother would mock him as a “little Democrat” because “I stole money from my parents, I never worked.”
“In Miami, he said, people “laugh and cheer” at this joke.
“In Reading, Pennsylvania, they don’t like it as much.
“Why Reading?” Behar asked.
“Well, it’s a little bit more Democratic,” Allen replied.
For all the agreeing Joy did, she sure adds to the problem on a daily basis.
— TD (@Tatforever75) November 28, 2019
“This is not the first time Allen has criticized political correctness.
“I think it’s funny to make fun of people that are full of themselves,” he told IndieWire in November 2018. “Liberals have a very small window of sense of humor about themselves, so I love poking at it.”
“Two years ago, it was the conservatives, or whatever it is. But right now liberals, particularly progressives, hide behind large concepts. If you don’t agree with them, if you don’t agree with that position, then you hate women, and you hate gay people, and you hate pro-choice people, whatever.”
“And Allen is not alone among comedians in expressing these sentiments.
“In recent weeks, famed comics like Dave Chappelle, Marlon Wayans, and Keegan-Michael Key have also indicated that outrage over comedy has become absurd.”
Joy is one of the problems. She enforces standards on that show. Don't ever say anything she disagrees with anywhere near where she can hear you.
— Beverly (@SnowyEvergreen) November 28, 2019
More from The Daily Wire:
“Former “The Tonight Show” host Jay Leno, who Allen mentioned at the beginning of his exchange with Behar, has likewise recently addressed the negative impact of PC culture on comedy. In March, Leno spoke with NBC’s “TODAY” about how things are “different” for comedians now.
“So it’s been five years since you left ‘The Tonight Show,’ and you see the place we are right now in this country. Do you miss being on the show? Or is it such a different time that it would be hard to do?” Leno was asked.
“No, it’s different — I don’t miss it,” he said. “You know, everything now is if people don’t like your politics — everyone has to know your politics.”
“I kind of used Johnny [Carson]’s model,” Leno explained. “People couldn’t figure out: ‘Well, you and your Republican friends…’ or ‘Well, Mr. Leno, you and your Democratic buddies…’ And I would get hate mail from both sides equally. And I went, ‘Well that’s fabulous! That’s exactly what I want.’”
“But when people see you as one-sided, it just makes it tough,” he continued. “And plus, I did it when, you know, Clinton was horny and Bush was dumb, and it was just a little easier.”
“You know, now it’s all very serious, everything so… I’d just like to see a bit of civility come back to it, you know?” he remarked.
“Leno also offered some hope about the future of comedy, saying he does believe that the pendulum “will swing back the other way.”’
Political correctness and the “thought police” have taken all the humor out of comedy these days. I was never offended at slapstick or getting a pat on the bottom. I actually think all kinds of jokes are funny. I loved Don Rickles and Rodney Dangerfield. Heck, I thought it was funny when a guy in Vegas picked me up and jumped into a pool with me in a wool skirt and silk blouse… briefly. Long story.
I’m not a comedian but I can relate. My speech and writing have been censored all over the place. To even get anything out anymore, I have to self-censor. It’s 1984 and Atlas Shrugged come to life and it is infuriating.