Tim Allen Posts Viral “Last Man Standing” Video, And It’s Setting The Internet On Fire
Echoing the sentiments of conservative America, Tim Allen has a message for those wondering if they should watch the revival of his sitcom Last Man Standing: “Who cares what I think?!”
In a time when celebrities feel the need to push their political beliefs on fans, Allen’s remarks are refreshing, and demonstrate an understanding of his audience. He knows that the people watching his show are there to be entertained, not lectured to, and wants viewers to focus on the show.
While it came as a shock that his show had been cancelled, it was widely understood that the move was due to Allen’s alleged support for president Trump. After being axed by ABC, Allen’s show was picked up by Fox, and the actor has done his best to keep his politics to himself.
In an interview with Entertainment Weekly, the beloved comedian talked about the show’s resurrection, and even opened up a bit about how he feels in regards to Trump.
“There are a few shows I always liked,” Allen said when asked how he would describe his show. “I loved Mary Tyler Moore. I loved The Bob Newhart Show. I loved All in the Family. I currently like Mom. What we do — this format of live multi-camera sitcoms— is very organic to the idea of a TV network. We aim to give the best we can. We have top-of-their-game writers who write a very emotional piece and to lay comedy on top of it. I’ve been a comedian doing stand-up for 34 years, the purpose is to just make you laugh at the theater human condition.”
“My character is like Archie Bunker with a college education. He’s a little bit gruff, but he’s also raised three girls. It’s a funny sitcom that’s constantly surprising. It’s not a political show. I encourage the people who say I’m some closeted Hollywood conservative to forget about Tim Allen and what his politics are.”
While Hollywood continues to beat us over the head with social justice themes, and actors who part-time as activists, Allen wants people to sit back, and have a good time. What a novel concept.
When asked what it was like to get back on set, Allen said he couldn’t contain his excitement. “I have no explanation for how odd it is that it’s not odd,” he said. “Everything’s right up and running.”
“When we left we had about six [episodes written] that were so good, and that’s what kept me going through this huge hiatus— we just had so much more show. The first audience was a lot of the people who had written in [to protest the cancelation]. There were a half million people who kept letters going to 20th Century Fox, Disney and to ABC, so it was a very exciting show. [We shot an episode] about the political climate. Next week it’s about the empty nest. [Mike’s] store sells guns, that’s a touchy issue, so we’ll also have to deal with that. So it’s going to be one great theme each week seen through the eyes of a very tolerant integrated family.”
While Allen was disappointed with ABC’s decision to cancel the show, he says he doesn’t hold any ill feelings towards the network.
“I’m an ABC guy from way back with Home Improvement,” he told Entertainment Weekly. “That’s like my family. I want ABC to do well. I love everybody at ABC.”
“I was shocked when we got canned when we did because we weren’t finished- that’s where my frustration came from.”
He then took the time to express his gratitude to Fox for taking a chance on his show, saying that “I want this to be a success because Fox took a shot on us, and the Fox network is a smaller and more aggressive group than Disney and ABC.”
Allen also discussed his character, Mike Baxter, and what it means to be a blue-collared American.
“Blue collar is people who do a lot of stuff with their hands,” he said. “Much to be honored and so misunderstood. You flush a toilet and don’t even think about how cool that is, how that works.”
Allen also talked about the misconceptions of “outdoor people,” saying that they “seem like they’re not environmentalists, but they’re actually the most environmental.”
“They want the outdoors to stay exactly the same so they can go and hunt things. It’s practical.”
EW also asked Allen about his character, Mike Baxter, being a rich “blue collar” worker.
“He worked his way up,” said Allen. “Went to college and worked at a small fishing store, and by sweat and equity built it up to 11 stores. So yes, I would guess [he’s rich], but we never really deal with how wealthy this guy is. And he never forgot where he came from.”
After spending a lot of time talking about the show, Allen was asked about his views on politics, and where he stands.
“Politically I’m kind of an anarchist if you see my stand-up,” Allen says. “I’m for responsible government that actually does what we pay them to do.”
“I’ve worked different jobs and I’ve had a colorful past and I pay a lot in taxes,” he continues. “I wish we got more for our money. Whatever political party is for more responsible use of our money- that’s all I meant… I don’t like paying people who never seem to do what I would do with my money.”
“I always thought it would be funny if I had a little menu on my tax returns where I could tell them where my money would go.”
Allen then brought up the issue of being a conservative celebrity in Hollywood, and discussed his views on the current commander in chief.
“Me perception is ‘let’s see what he gets done,” Allen says. “Let’s stop banging on the pilot’s door and trying to pull the guy out of his seat while he’s still flying.”
“You might not like how he’s flying the plane, but let’s let him land it. Do I like him or agree with him> I don’t know. Somebody got this NAFTA thing done. How did that happen? It’s like a slight of hand with this dude. There’s this smoke and smelly food but over here he just fixed a pothole.”
“He doesn’t do it very attractively,” Allen continues. “But you don’t even realize the economy is doing better. There’s so much drama. Maybe it took this type of guy to get stuff done because it was so stuck in the mud.”
Upon giving his opinion on Trump, Allen reminds the interviewer that “[Last Man Standing] is not a political show.”