“You’ve gotta be real careful around here. You might get beat up if don’t believe what everybody believes. This is like ’30s Germany. I don’t know what happened.”
— Tim Allen on anti-Conservative sentiment in Hollywood
Comedian and star of TV’s Last Man Standing, Tim Allen, recently appeared on Jimmy Kimmel Live where the eponymous host of the show asked Allen about attending the inauguration of President Trump.
Kimmel: “So, you went to the Presidential Inauguration?”
Allen quickly responded that he went to perform for the Military Ball and that he spent time with both Republicans AND Democrats. In fact, Allen seemed so uncomfortable with the question that Kimmel had to jump in and tell him that he didn’t mean the question as an attack!
Allen: “I was invited by, we did a VIP thing for the Vets, we went to the Veterans Ball, and so I went to go see Democrats and Republicans, yea, I went to the Inauguration.”
Kimmel: (while laughing) “I’m not, i’m not, i’m not attacking you!”
Allen: “You’ve gotta be real careful around here. You might get beat up if you don’t believe what everybody believes. This is like ’30s Germany. I don’t know what happened. If you’re not part of the group, ‘you know what we believe is right,’ I go, ‘Well, I might have a problem with that.’ I’m a comedian, I like going on both sides.”
It was a quick but telling moment of discomfort, as the star comedian did his best to not offend the crowd while still admitting that he attended the inauguration. It was also instructive to see host Jimmy Kimmel quickly jump in to tell Allen that he wasn’t being attacked. What has happened to our nation when an American citizen is forced to apologetically admit that he attended the inauguration of our duly elected political leader? It was obvious that Kimmel wasn’t trying to demean Allen or President Trump, but it was also clear to see that both men understood that a statement as simple as “you went to the Presidential inauguration,” was now a very loaded question that held real danger for the person answering.
Watch the full segment, where Allen also relates some funny moments from the inauguration and one particularly hilarious story that underlines how far our culture has fallen.