VIDEO: Tim Allen Laments “Thought Police” and PC Culture in Comedy

Appearing on the view, Last Man Standing star Tim Allen argued “Political Correctness” and the “Thought police” are hurting comedy and lamented the days of Lenny Bruce and Richard Pryor being able to speak freely are over.

“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” said Allen “So as long as you understand my intent…I still get people: ‘Well, just don’t say it.” mocking his critics.


Per CNBC, Comedian Dave Chappelle’s latest stand-up comedy special, “Sticks and Stones,” premiered on Netflix in September and it immediately faced a firestorm of criticism for its jokes.

Many of the jokes were perceived as tone-deaf and hurtful, particularly those which used various groups of people as punchlines, such as women, sexual assault victims, Asians and members of the LGBTQ community — transgender people in particular.

Inkoo Kang of Slate compared “Sticks and Stones” to “dropping in on a rascally uncle who doesn’t know, or doesn’t care, how much he’s disappointing you… his jokes make you wince.” Garrett Martin of Paste said that the show “is terrible not because audiences have changed, but because Chappelle himself is so thoroughly out of touch with today.” Martin pulled no punches when he wrote simply, ”‘Sticks and Stones’ is terrible, and Chappelle can only blame himself for that.”

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