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Posted on 10/15/2012 9:10:57 AM PDT by Baynative
Comedian Tim Allen has an idea for a home improvement at the White House: Get a new tenant!
A rare Republican in Democrat-loving Hollywood let alone in prime time Allen delivers a comic smackdown in the season premiere of his ABC sitcom, Last Man Standing.
Its the first sign the GOP may be making inroads in what has been nearly solid support for the president on the left coast.
In the episode, airing four days before the election, Allens uber-conservative character, Mike Baxter, tries to persuade his impressionable 18-year-old daughter to vote for Mitt Romney.
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What a classic line!
Tim Allen is the voice for the fantastic Pure Michigan commercials.
smack down this guy
Balance? Like, oh, every other show on television, which is 100% liberal with no balanced anti-liberal jokes? You can see how networks operate. Have a conservative show? Well, make sure its "balanced."
Carrol O’Conner was a SERIOUS Lib!
Man, I loved that show. It’s still funny.
Love his show! He had a line or two ripping on Obama last season. I loved the tree episode where the family stands up to some bureacrat. The most recent news is that the actess who plays the eldest daughter was replaced. I wonder if there was any conflict of a political nature??
Michigan has produced a couple of the Hollywood conservatives. Tom Selleck is another right off the top of my head.
As was Norman Lear, the producer of AITF. But what the producer and the actors ALL failed to get was that even though their intent was to portray Archie as the bigoted ignorant right-winger, even their characature of a conservative was smarter than most libs.
O’Connor is downright communist.
He died in 2001 but, like his contemporary John F. Kennedy, he came from a wealthy liberal Irish Catholic family from the Northeast.
The first conservative Michigander off the top of my head is Ted Nugent.
Sure was. Gag me...
And FreedomLover, the show was really an attempt to stereotype people on the right. Tossed in with the skewed version of decent values was evidences of racism and other unjustified negatives that were focused to cast Conservatives as very bad people, even if they did get some things sort-of right.
Meathead didn’t fair much better, but we should point out that Carol O’Conner’s character didn’t really represent us. It represented the Left’s view of us, what they wanted the audience to take away concerning Conservatives.
One of my favorite characters on All in the Family was Lionel. There was an episode where they were playing this board game. Throughout the game Lionel exposes Mike’s faux liberal compassion for the condensending tripe that it was.
Yeah, but he still votes communist!
I still remember an episode of the tonight show in which Rob 'Meathead' Reiner was a guest. The guest before him was actor Walter Matthau, who had already moved down a seat to make room for Reiner. Reiner was blathering about how AITF was so popular because it showed differing points of view, etc. Mathhau chimed in and said in his totally deadpan manner: "that's not why your show is so popular. Your show is popular because everyone agrees with Archie Bunker."
Meathead really lost it at that point, and was flailing about and shrieking "that is not true! That is absolutely not true!!!"
He lived between Hanover and Concord Michigan when I was growing up. My Cousin was dating Sandra Nugent when she died.
They were just local people and nobody local bothered them. Toby and Sasha went to the same school as everybody else.
I went to college with him in the 70s. Great guy.
Don’t forget Lou Grant(Ed Asner).
In the end. Archie was right about Meathead all along.
Because he was a refection of himself.
As controversial as “Guess Who’s Coming For Dinner” was in the 1960’s. A conservative portrayed on TV, and in a non-negative light? Shocking!
Tim Allen used a lot of real life stuff on Home Improvement. I remember an episode where he and his wife were on some kind of road trip and stopped at the Ivory Bistro Outside Coldwater Mi. (near Allen Michigan really but close enough for the show)
Lear actually stole that idea from Brit TV, which had a sitcom with a bigoted guy called Alfie.
Lets not forget Alice Cooper and Kid Rock.
It wasn’t ‘stolen’. Lear purchased the rights and the British show was mentioned in the credits of every AITF episode. Incidentally, Warren Mitchell, the actor who played the bigoted character from the Brit show is still alive. Pushing 90.
One of the best sit-com lines ever.
One of the best sit-com lines ever.
The irony is that Archy was supposed to be this WASO character, but as OConnor played him, he has flat out Irish. Further irony: Irish Catholics are probably more racist than most Georgians, because they were working class and had to compete with blacks for all kinds of work. Given it to thr Irish, though: they hated all other ethnic groups as well. In their bigotry, they were egalitarian. Let an Italian priest come into their parish, and the women wouldnt go to confession when he was in the box.
It's like the movie "Wall Street," which was supposed to paint Gordon Gekko as a greedy villain. Instead, he became a role model for stock brokers and day traders in the 90's.
His stuff from the 80s is among the best comedy written. I still think of parts of his routines and laugh out loud, just thinking about them.
In a way, Archie Bunker does not really represent the current Conservative stereotypes being pushed by the media: he wasn’t a ‘wealthy corporate fat cat 1%-er’ nor was he a ‘Redneck Fundie’. He was a blue collar union worker - a demographic that today is more often associated with Liberals.
And you know, Everything he said was right on the mark. The prophets strip off the vail of the temptress and left the bridegroom see her face in the light. But if he is blind he will not see what is below the paint.
Looks like the censors had a field day.
My GF (RIP) used to say, “I’m not a bigot. I’m a misanthrope.”
Norman Lear got rich ripping off the Brits. Sanford and Son was taken from Brit sitcom "Steptoe and Son".
Never saw that episode but we thought Lionel was a hunk back then.
Racist, or having first-hand info about the behavior of the underclass?
Not Lear but ‘Three’s Company’ was as well.
The WASPs saw the Irish as the underclass. In the South, the house servants were black. In the North, Irish.
On Last Man Standings Season 2 premiere, set to air November 2 four days before the election Allens character, a Romney supporter lobbies his daughter, Mandy, to vote for the Republican candidate. On the other side, Mandys older sister makes a push for Obama. Itll be something regular people care about, so our characters should care about it, says exec producer Tim Doyle....
Doyle and Allen did have to fight the network and studio on some content. Specifically, Allen says the standards department took issue with his character calling Obama a communist. Allen fought to keep that in noting he finds it funny when conservatives paint the president with that label but it appears he lost that battle as none of the references made the final cut.
That was then. I'm talking about now. The Irish immigrants who came over in the 1800's and early 1900's may have been largely uneducated peasants, but within one or two generations they dragged themselves into the middle class.
Thanks! I just watched it now and laughed all over again!!!
Well, the blacks managed to do much the same by the 1950s, against even greater odds. The paradox is that the Civil Rights movement stopped that momentum by making the younger generation think that their fathers and grandfathers were saps for working their buns off to get ahead. Instead, they turned to the government to give them full economic equality with the whites NOW! As Charles Murry pointed out, the New Society destroyed the incentives that had raised so many blacks into the middle-class. Even Amos and Andy showed how far along they had come by 1954.
If there was a real Archie Bunker, he probably would have voted Democrat. The modern democrat party has been taken over by meat heads.
Tim was always smarter than the average hollyweirdo.