Actress Roseanne Barr has become a pariah in Hollywood, first for daring to play the character of a President Trump supporter in the now-canceled reboot of “Roseanne,” and second for joking that Obama’s former adviser Valerie Jarrett is the off-spring of the Muslim Brotherhood and an ape.
Roseanne apologized repeatedly and profusely for the joke after she was fired by ABC. She was condemned far and wide by Hollywood and the media, although many people outside those realms did rally around her to support her. Her Jewish rabbi friend even went on ABC’s “The View” to defend her, insisting that her offensive joke didn’t reflect her character and that she should be granted forgiveness after making so many heartfelt apologies.
Now comedic actor Tim Allen is sticking his neck out for her as he prepares to launch his own reboot of “Last Man Standing.” The hugely popular family sit-com was canceled by ABC after six seasons.
Its bizarre cancelation, when so many fans were eager for a seventh season, led to a strong suspicion that the show had been axed for being too politically conservative. Allen’s character on the show hilariously exposes the most ridiculous aspects of liberalism and stands up for conservative values, although he is somewhat balanced out by the many liberal characters on the show who counter him.
Speaking about Roseanne’s Jarrett joke, Allen said, “I go away back with Rosie, and that’s not the Rosie I know,” according to People.
He added, “She was the most diverse and tolerant woman I’ve ever known for a long time. Whatever got in her head, isn’t the Roseanne I know.”
Allen also noted changing culture of the comedic world, expressing, “It’s a very icy time. I’m a veteran comedian for 38 years and I’ve never seen it, like Lenny Bruce said at the Purple Onion, ‘We’ve gone backwards.’ There are things you can’t say. There are things you shouldn’t say.”
“Who makes up these rules? And as a stand-up comic, it’s a dangerous position to be in because I like pushing buttons. It’s unfortunate,” he mused before shrugging, “[ABC] had to do what they had to do, and it’s their decision.”
Speaking of pushing buttons, Allen himself isn’t planning to back down. He has no plans to have a more “politically correct” version of his character return to “Last Man Standing” when the reboot airs Sept. 28.
Fox picked up the show after a huge outpouring of support from fans of the sitcom, according to Fox News. Allen himself credits the fans for making the unlikely actually come to fruition.
“When I heard the offer to create more episodes of ‘Last Man Standing,’ I did a fist pump so hard I threw my back out," he said at the time. "It’s the fans! I could not be more grateful for the fans who wrote petitions and kept up the passion and incredible support for the show."
By the way, here’s the hilarious anti-liberal clip that conservative media analyst Mark Dice is convinced got “Last Man Standing” originally canceled: