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Just over a week out from the release of “Toy Story 4,” Tim Allen, the voice of Buzz Lightyear, is trending on Twitter, but not for the reason Disney would hope. The star of the conservative-leaning hit show “Last Man Standing” — now with Fox after ABC inexplicably dropped it — is being branded as a “racist” and “bigot” for a comment about the “N-word” from a 6-year-old interview.

As Twitchy explains, the whole thing started with Allen admitting that he doesn’t know much about Spades in a promotional interview with Tom Hanks ahead of the film’s release. “Tom Hanks is so cool I tested his knowledge of black culture,” tweeted media personality and “self-taught” journalist Xilla Valentine.

The post prompted one Twitterer to blast Allen as “openly racist.”

“Tim Allen is openly racist now and I love seeing him squirm here,” wrote Jeremy Bearimy, adding in a follow-up tweet that Allen wouldn’t like the idea of having “the black card.”

The comment started to stir up some attention, and confusion, online with most blasting Bearimy for appearing to conclude that Allen was “openly racist” because of the interview. In response, Bearimy wrote, “Normally I try not to call y’all stupid but the number of people here who think I’m calling Allen racist because of *this* video is truly alarming. America really gotta work on teaching reading comprehension.”

So what exactly is the supposed evidence that Allen is “openly racist”? The accusation appears to trace back to a comment Allen made about the “N-word” from six years ago. The Guardian reported in July 2013 (censored):

Comedian and actor Tim Allen is in a spot of bother this week. Specifically for telling the Tampa Bay Times that he should be able to say the n-word as much as he likes. “If I have no intent, if I show no intent, if I clearly am not a racist, then how can ‘n****r’ be bad coming out of my mouth?” asked Allen. The comic, who claimed to use the word regularly in his standup, added that “[the phrase] ‘the n-word’ is worse to me than n****r.” African-American commentators politely but firmly disagreed. “Here’s a general rule of thumb to follow when using the n-word for white people,” said sociologist, author and radio host Michael Eric Dyson on MSNBC: “Never.”

While Allen’s critics made clear that they believe this comment is certifiable “proof” that he’s “openly racist,” others have come to the actor’s defense. Some argued that “context” matters. “I’m sorry but what he said maybe wrong, but the word isnt just racist, context is everything. You’d be racist for reading some uhh older books,” wrote one Allen defender. “Ok. And he’s racist how? When not used in a derogatory context, it’s not racist,” said another. Others pointed out that the interview is 6 years old and that Allen’s a comedian who works with “edgy” material. “I mean, to be fair he said it in his act as far back as the 80s. Hell, the article above is over 6 years old and he’d been doing it forever at that point. Not saying it’s a good thing, just saying edgy stuff has always been his thing,” wrote one defender. Others suggested that Allen’s being targeted because of his support for Trump. “Why don’t you just admit this is solely because he’s a Trump supporter you nutjobs,” blasted one defender.

Other Allen defenders have pointed to some of his recent actions, including philanthropic work with Disney, as evidence that he’s not some “hateful bigot”:

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13 Comments

  1. Dave Seybert

    June 13, 2019 at 12:46 am

    White people are the least racist of all the races.

    • Jill

      June 13, 2019 at 10:21 am

      You don’t speak for me. I hate niggers and I’m not alone, not by a long shot.

  2. LST

    June 13, 2019 at 1:28 am

    What is next, milk will be racist because it’s white? Stupid bullshit, almost everything now is “racist.” Why is it, niggers are the most racist of all, but the accuse everyone else of it. Brainless savages.

  3. Jan

    June 13, 2019 at 1:41 am

    And why is it acceptable for blacks to call each other nigger? This whole racist thing has gone off the rails…the definition of racist, used as a noun, is “a person who shows or feels discrimination or prejudice against people of other races, or who believes that a particular race is superior to another.”
    As am adjective, it is “showing or feAeling discrimination or prejudice against people of other races, or believing that a particular race is superior to another.”
    So, I’ve heard people being called racist for all kind of speech and/or actions, none of which meet the criteria of racist/racism.
    Personally, I would rather be called nigger than racist….and I am neither! But the word racist has become one of the most rude, denigrating and most over-used in this language.

    • meozzie

      June 13, 2019 at 5:40 am

      Amen! I couldn’t have said it any better!!!

  4. RogueOps Novels

    June 13, 2019 at 6:35 am

    Hey Tim. Good man.

  5. Jim

    June 13, 2019 at 6:46 am

    years ago I hired a guy who was black he worked with me for about 2 months and every other word out of his mouth was n*****r, the last week he worked for me he asked if I could advance him his pay to put up for a new place he and his girl were going to rent so Monday night i gave him his pay for that week and I never saw or heard from him again

  6. MissD

    June 13, 2019 at 9:48 am

    Racist racist racist … it’s gotten to the point that you can’t say anything anymore without being labeled a RACIST ! Absolutely ridiculous!! I’m tired of walking on eggshells!!! I’ll say whatever the hell I want !

  7. Mike

    June 13, 2019 at 10:56 am

    Is anyone listening to the way the Black folks talk about the white folks? The racists are the blacks, the blacks, the blacks.

  8. memphismom

    June 13, 2019 at 2:09 pm

    I am retired and will never again take anyone seriously who pulls out the race card. It is overused, mainly to get an advantage on someone, and in most instances is not even true. How about in life there are some folks you will meet that you just do not like…period.

  9. Chuck H.

    June 13, 2019 at 2:30 pm

    This isn’t about defending Tim Allen, it’s about the arrogance of morons that have to tear down others to make themselves believe they are superior. Conversing at any level, debating terms, discussing ideas and opinions are how society communicates. When these supposed “social warriors” many of which would cower in fear in an actual confrontation, snipe at others from behind a keyboard, they like the feeling of superiority. Yet they are the smallest of the meaningless masses. They look for comments made in the past and make them the monumental damnation through internet discourse. When I was in high school, “scholars” started writing dissertation tearing down historical figures such as George Washington to destroy the cherry tree myth. And why, it was just a minor story used to teach children that lying is wrong. It didn’t hurt anybody and no one received money for the tale. But these insipid morons that have to “reveal the dark underbelly of our history” are nothing more than petty never-will-bes. I like Tim Allen’s comedy and we agree on many things but I don’t worship and I know for a fact that he will not lose one minute of sleep. People that spend their whole life looking to throw dirt on others proves their worthlessness every time they open mouth or pen a missive.

  10. cc

    June 13, 2019 at 3:10 pm

    Is it racist when African Americans call me a cracker, or a Hispanic person calls me wetta or gringa. Why is everything so one sided? Racism seems to be pretty one sided.

  11. Joseph A Midona

    June 13, 2019 at 3:34 pm

    What ever happened to STICKS & STONES ?????

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