Tim Allen Show 'Last Man Standing' Mocks College PC 'Precious Snowflakes'
Last week, ABC's Last Man Standing hilariously lampooned the stifling culture of political correctness on college campuses. Mike Baxter, played by Tim Allen (Toy Story 1995, Home Improvement), struggles to navigate the enemy of free speech — the PC police and their "micro-aggressions."
The episode, fittingly entitled "Precious Snowflake," centered on Baxter's plan to give a speech at his daughter's business school's graduation. When his daughter Mandy (Molly Ephraim) alerts him that politically incorrect speeches are off-limits on college campuses, he responds with understandable indignation.
Mandy lets her father know he must send in his speech for approval to the faculty committee, so they can edit out micro-aggressions.
"Micro-aggressions?" he asks. "You mean, like, midget warriors?"
"No," his daughter explains. "They're objectionable words or phrases. For instance, 'Midget warriors.'" Baxter then explains that he knew what they were, but he was mocking them because "it's the latest liberal attack at free speech — and a lot of fun if you do them right."
Baxter tries to run through a speech, and his daughter stops him. "Ladies and gentlemen," he starts. "Okay, stop," she interrupts. "You can't say 'Ladies and gentlemen,' because it excludes those who don't identify as either."
Then he continues, "America is the land of opportunity," and she cuts him off again. "Okay, by saying that America's the land of opportunity, you are implying that everyone has the same opportunities," the daughter explains. "I'm not implying it," he retorts. "I'm saying it. If you live here and you work hard, you can succeed. That's how this works."
"Yeah, that one's on here, too," his hapless daughter says. "It hurts the feeling of those who work hard and don't succeed."
The father, learning that a list of micro-aggressions exists, asks to see it. "This list is insane, if I go by these rules, I'll be going against everything I believe in," he says.
Later on, Baxter approaches his wife, wanting to run his speech by her. She responds, "I can't wait to hear what the new PC Mike Baxter has to say." He retorts, "Mandy's list was a good blueprint."
"You mean of what not to say," his wife says. "Oh, no, I got them all in there."
Read his wonderful "offensive" speech on the next page.