Conservative actor and comedian Tim Allen appeared on “The View” where he shared that he has seen an “alarming” level of political correctness as he travels throughout the country.
The star of “Last Man Standing” and “Home Improvement” said he has witnessed a shift in what people find funny due to political correctness put certain material out of bounds.
“There’s a PC culture out there, makes it really hard,” host Joy Behar pointed out to Allen, who agreed.
“I think my act, if I ever brought that old act back, I’d be driven out of town,” he said, referring to his old standup routine, the Western Journal reports.
According to the report, Allen explained that political correctness has forced him to caveat his jokes, or provide a disclaimer, that they do not represent his actual views but are being said for comedic purposes.
“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 said.
“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,’” the guest joked per the report.
Behar then echoed the sentiments that many mainstream comedians like Bill Burr, Dave Chapelle, and others have recently made that PC culture will still take the essence of the joke “out of context and put it on Twitter, or put it on Facebook.”
Without context, countenance, or a joking atmosphere, critics of these comedians unfairly represent their words and actions. This is something Allen said he is grateful has yet to happen to him.
“I’m surprised they haven’t,” Allen said.
“I do use some provocative words, but I tell them it’s words I really got from my parents. They said this stuff,” Allen said, echoing Behar’s point. “And I can’t even say it here. I can’t even point to it. It is an alarming thing for comedians.”
The Western Journal reports Allen then shared how one of his jokes was received in Florida compared with how it was received in a more liberal city in Pennsylvania.
The television icon joked that his grandmother used to call him a “little Democrat” when he was growing up because he “stole money from my parents, I never worked.”
The Western Journal reports:
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.
Allen has previously spoken out about how political correctness was forcing comedians to adopt new material. At the same, he said it exposed a new, ultra-sensitive sect of liberal people who are “full of themselves.”
“I think it’s funny to make fun of people that are full of themselves,” he said back in November 2018, the Western Journal reports. “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,” he added.