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Comedian Tim Allen recently appeared on Marc Maron’s WTF podcast, where he re-emphasized his conservative political positions, ratifying his status as one of the most influential Republican celebrities.
Tim Allen is one of the most recognizable faces and voices in American comedy. In film he has enjoyed box office hits such as The Santa Clause and Galaxy Quest films, as well as playing the voice of Buzz Lightyear in the Toy Story saga.
On television he dominated the 1990s with the series Home Improvement, one of the most watched of the decade -and for which he won a Golden Globe in 1995-, and since 2011 he has starred in the popular series Last Man Standing, which ends this year.
On Marc Maron’s podcast, aired last March 1st, Tim Allen talked about the conclusion of Last Man Standing and his next project, Assembly Required. But apart from his professional life, he also had the opportunity to talk about his personal and political evolution.
In his youth, before becoming famous, Tim Allen had some trouble with the law. In the late 1970s he spent several years in prison after being arrested with more than half a kilo of cocaine at the Kalamazoo-Battle Creek International Airport in Michigan.
A decade later, in 1990, he rose to stardom thanks to the popular TV series Home Improvement, one of the most watched and awarded series of the decade, which not only served to catapult Tim Allen’s career, but also served as a springboard for Pamela Anderson’s, before she made the jump to Baywatch.
On Marc Maron’s podcast, Tim Allen said that when he started to become successful as a comedian, he became more fiscally conservative. He said he began to view the government as a sort of silent partner that “took almost half my money and never gave me anything in return for it.”
“I’ve never liked taxes. Whoever takes the taxes and never tells me what they did with it. I’m a fiscal conservative person with money. That’s it.” Tim Allen said.
“I work pretty hard for this stuff, and I’ve accomplished a lot,” he added. “Never liked taxes. Never liked what they do with taxes and the bull—-t on both sides. It’s not their money.” the actor insisted.
Although Tim Allen publicly supported Donald Trump’s victory in 2016, on the podcast he said he didn’t preach anything. “I literally don’t preach anything,” he said. “What I’ve done is just not joined into, as I call it, the ‘we culture.’ I’m not telling anybody else how to live. I don’t like that — ‘We should do this’ or, ‘We should do that.’ And once I realized that the last president pissed people off, I kind of liked that. So it was fun to just not say anything. Didn’t join in the lynching crowd.”
Tim Allen and the alleged cancellation of his series for supporting Trump
Although ABC denied it, the truth is that after his support for Donald Trump and his rejection of Hillary Clinton, the network decided to cancel his series Last Man Standing in 2017, despite being the second highest rated series. In an interview on Jimmy Kimmel Live!, Tim Allen had said that being a Republican in Hollywood is “like Germany in the 1930s.” “You have to be very careful around here, you know. If you don’t believe in what everybody else believes in, you’ll get beat up.” His comment, similar to the one that got Gina Carano fired from The Mandalorian, was widely criticized by several media outlets, and many consider it the reason for ABC’s cancellation of the series.
“I just didn’t think Hillary should have been president,” he added. “So in the end, you go the other direction. There’s nothing personal about it. If you don’t like it, then wait ’til the next election.” Tim Allen explained on Marc Maron’s podcast.
From 2018 through 2021, the series has been airing on Fox, thanks to the insistence of the show’s fans. In Last Man Standing, Tim Allen plays a staunch Republican and provocateur, in constant conflict with his progressive daughter. His character of Mike Baxter is loosely inspired by the actor’s own persona, and has made the series a cult hit for Republicans, who have identified with the situations surrounding Tim Allen’s character.
Last Man Standing will end its broadcast sometime in 2021, yet to be announced. In the meantime, Tim Allen has premiered for History Channel Assembly Required, a reality show about reforms, which began airing last February 23rd and will have 10 episodes.
Ignacio Manuel García Medina, Business Management teacher. Artist and lecturer specialized in Popular Culture for various platforms. Presenter of the program "Pop Libertario" for the Juan de Mariana Institute. Lives in the Canary Islands, Spain // Ignacio M. García Medina es profesor de Gestión de Empresas. Es miembro del Instituto Juan de Mariana y conferenciante especializado en Cultura Popular e ideas de la Libertad.
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