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Tim Allen Defends Roseanne Barr, Asks Very Dumb Question About Comedian’s Firing

Tim Allen just doesn’t understand.

Speaking Thursday at the Television Critics Association’s press tour, the veteran actor basically asked those in attendance was simple question:

Can’t someone just be overtly racist in public without suffering consequences in this country?!?

Allen spoke on the topic of Roseanne Barr’s firing by ABC with journalists at the aforementioned gathering, with his remarks generating both headlines and many raised eyebrows.

(Barr, of course, was let go by the network and had her revived sitcom canceled after she referred to an African-American political advisor as an “ape.”)

“I go away back with Rosie and that’s not the Rosie I know,” Allen said, expounding about his friend and her situation as follows:

“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 then expressed sympathy and shock for the ways of the world, especially when it comes to supposedly funny people who dare to utter controversial statements.

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“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.”

Who makes up these rules?

We can answer that ridiculous inquiry, Tim.

In Roseanne’s case, ABC executies made up the so-called “rules.”

Roseanne was an employee who was fired by her employer for actions the latter deemed inappropriate and/or actions it felt no longer made her a worthwhile employee.

It’s that simple.

People get fired from their jobs everday. Roseanne is just one of those people.

Allen is one of the few outspoken Republicans in Hollywood.

In May of 2017, he said he was “stunned” by the cancelation of the sitcom on which he starred, Last Man Standing, hinting strongly that he thinks it was yanked off the air due to his Conservative views.

(It has ran for six seasons at the time and ratings had been falling for years.)

Allen also once compared life in Hollywood for a Republican to life in Nazi Germany for Jewish people.

He’s back in the news now because FOX has actually brought back Last Man Standing, hoping it finds a similarly impressive audience to the one Roseanne enjoyed before the network axed that show’s comeback.

As for Barr?

She has oscillated between being regretful for her actions and blaming others for taking them out of context.

She recently swore to Sean Hannity that she is not racist and she has received support from non-Tim Allen celebrities as well.

“Roseanne Barr is my sister in comedy and she is my universal sister and what I won’t do… is throw her away for making a mistake,” Mo’Nique told KTLA last Friday, July 27, adding at the time:

“We’ve all said and done things, baby, that we wish we could take back… but when you’re in the public eye, you can’t.

Said Barr to Fox News the day before that:

“I’ve apologized a lot. It’s been two months. I’ve apologized and explained and asked for forgiveness.”

Oh, well, if it’s been two months… nevermind then!

All automatically gets forgiven after 60 days, right?

WATCH THE ROSEANNE BARR VIDEO ABOVE AND DECIDE:

IS SHE WORTHY OF FORGIVENESS?

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Cops Swarm Bill Cosby’s Pennsylvania Mansion on Comedian’s 81st Birthday

Bill Cosby’s neighborhood filled up with cops on the same day the comedian turns 81. Law enforcement sources tell us officers in Cheltenham, Pennsylvania received a call Thursday for loud music on Cosby’s street. We’re told about 4 units responded…

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Cops Swarm Bill Cosby’s Pennsylvania Mansion on Comedian’s 81st Birthday

Bill Cosby’s neighborhood filled up with cops on the same day the comedian turns 81. Law enforcement sources tell us officers in Cheltenham, Pennsylvania received a call Thursday for loud music on Cosby’s street. We’re told about 4 units responded…

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#BoycottRoseanne Movement Grows in Wake of Comedian’s Return, Nazi Comment

Roseanne Barr is very much back.

The veteran comedian and actress – who fell so far out of the spotlight and grew so desperate for attention over the years that she tried to seduce Kanye West – returned in a major way this week:

The revival of her beloved sitcom attracted 18.2 million viewers on Tuesday night, a truly astounding figure in this day and age of entertainment.

But is Roseanne Barr back… and better than ever?

Yes, if one is referring to the effective ways in which Barr stirs up controversy.

An outspoken Donald Trump supporter, Roseanne has modeled the fictional version of herself after this real-life version…

… but it’s something Barr recently said in real life that has many folks around the Internet pushing for a boycott of her series.

On March 24, Parkland shooting victim David Hogg addressed a huge crowd at the Washington D.C. March for Our Lives and, at one point, raised his fist high in the air.

He did so to inspire those around the country to rally around him and other school shooting survivors on the topic of sensible gun control.

But some folks out there somehow interpreted this as a Nazi salute.

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Roseanne was apparently among these folks.

At least one Twitter user captured screenshots of Roseanne’s verified Twitter account (which is named Roseanne Barr with the handle “therealroseanne”) sending a message that tagged Hogg and read simply:

“NAZI SALUTE.”

See for yourself:

nazi salute

(NOTE: If we need to explain to you how this is NOT a Nazi salute… well.. we just can’t. We don’t have the mental energy. You’re already a lost cause.)

As a result of this Roseanne statement, a movement has grown around social media; or a hashtag, to be more precise and relevant.

A handful of critics are encouraging others to #BoycottRoseanne, while railing against the sitcom and its star in general:

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It came out on Thursday, meanwhile, that President Trump actually called to congratulate Roseanne on the success of her television return.

She said as much during an appearance on Good Morning America.

“It was pretty exciting, I’ll tell you that much,” Barr said on air. “I’ve known him for many years and he’s done a lot of nice things for me over the years.”

On her rebooted series, Roseanne’s family has been torn apart by the 2016 Presidential election.

Tension and anger runs high among all relatives, most notably Roseanne and her sister, portrayed by Laurie Metcalf.

“I just wanted to have that dialogue about families torn apart by the election and their political differences of opinion and how we handle it,” Barr told the New York Times in an interview published on Tuesday.

She added that it was her idea for the Roseanne character to be a Trump supporter.

This is why:

“It’s an accurate portrayal of these people and people like them.

“In terms of what they think,and who they feel when they are the ones who send their kids over to fight.

“We’ve been in wars for a long, long time, which everybody seems to forget, but working class people don’t forget it because their kids are in it.”

As a reminder, this is how Roseanne once sang the national anthem:

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