Boob Tubes: The Last Man Raging

(Credit: ABC)

 

This past May saw the cancellation of many shows. Most were freshman series, but some were long running shows like Last Man Standing. A lot of people are claiming it’s an anti-conservative bias on ABC’s part. The show stars out spoken conservative Tim Allen who earlier this year, while on Jimmy Kimmel, compared being conservative in Hollywood the same as living in “30s Germany”.

 

 

 

The Reaction

 

Some conservatives in their rage are tweeting this picture:

 

 

One conservative, Debbie Odom Massey, went on a homophobic rant on her Facebook, later taking it down, but not before she was fired as the Madison-Rivergate (a suburb of Nashville) Chamber of Commerce’s executive director. (Source: The Advocate)

 

From Debbie’s Facebook page before she took it down:

“I can’t believe that I am supposed to be ok with shows like Grays Anatomy or Nashville or any other show that promotes LGBT blah blah blah.., WHATEVER! Cramming same sex making out into our Homes! But I can’t watch MY FAVORITE show!‘Last Man Standing! Talk about discrimination!!”

 

The Reality

There two big problems with the “anti-conservative” argument. First the show has been on six years with Tim’s character, Mike Baxter, being as conservative as he is, with one episode in the fourth season focusing on opposition to Obamacare. Here are a few quotes from his character from past seasons:

 

Vanessa Baxter “Know what, honey, Hillary Clinton was a Goldwater girl in 1964.”
Mike Baxter “So. Satan used to work for God. What’s your point? “

Vanessa Baxter “Ed made up a whole fake backstory about himself just to trick people into trusting him?
Mike Baxter “Yep. Basically, he’s Obama.”

Mike Baxter “Ah, the communist party. This is what happens when everyone is forced to be exactly the same. And then there are *these* poor stupid bastards… “
(looks to the other side of the river as lemmings are shown going over a cliff)
Mike Baxter “normal little Obama supporters. They must think universal healthcare is at the bottom of that cliff. No, just little lemming death panels. America is great because of people who think for themselves. Innovators like Bill Gates, Ronald Reagan, Howard Swifson. Who is Howard Swifson, you ask? He’s the CEO of Swifson Watercraft, the developer of the light-weight carbon fiber canoe paddle. Amazing. Wonder where you could find one? “

(source: IMDB.com)

 

(Credit: ABC)

 

The second problem is one of the other shows ABC canceled was the Real O’neals, which stars Noah Galvin ,who plays openly Gay teen Kenny on the show. Here are a few clips from Real O’neals:

 

Kenny having a fantasy paying tribute to Olivia Newton John’s “Let’s Get Physical”

 

Kenny dressing up as Beyonce for Halloween

 

If Last Man Standing was really canceled due to bias against conservatives ,as the right would have us believe, then it wouldn’t have lasted past season six nor would a show like Real O’neals wouldn’t been canceled. It’s one thing to get upset over a long running show not getting a proper series finale (which I think it should) but to get upset over imaginary slights, when there are none, is ridiculous. The people complaining come across as “snowflakes” as they often accuse others of being.

 

 

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