On Monday, comedian and actor Tim Allen took shots at political correctness when he appeared on ABC’s The View. He lamented the fact that he and other comedians have to accommodate what he calls the “thought police” whenever speaking to big arenas. This makes it virtually impossible for them to actually do their job and make people laugh.
Interestingly, The View co-host Joy Behar started off the discussion by telling Allen that the pc-culture makes it extremely hard for comedians. “If I ever brought that old act back,” she said about the comedy routines from the 80s, “I’d be driven out of town.”
Allen agreed completely with her. “What I got to 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,” he 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.”
Behar added that what pc-audience members do rather often is taking words or even entire sentences out of context. A comedian tells a joke, but when a pc-freak puts it on Twitter, it suddenly looks as if he literally meant it and was insulting, say, minorities.
Allen said that he was rather surprised that they hadn’t done so during his latest tour (this year!) when he visited 44 different cities. But, he went on to say, he knows that he can’t even refer to those jokes on tv. “I can’t even say it here. I can’t even point to it,” he said. “It is an alarming thing for comedians.”
Interestingly enough, although Behar agreed 100 percent with Allen, she is known to be one of the most politically correct and anti-Trump people on television.