Overblown outrage over ‘Last Man Standing’ cancellation
Warning: I’m about to say something that is likely to upset my fellow conservatives. I don’t have a problem in the slightest with the cancellation of Tim Allen’s show Last Man Standing, and I say this as a regular viewer of the program.
Listen, I get that as a conservative I’m supposed to be all up in arms about the axing of Allen’s sitcom, threaten to boycott the network and sign a petition demanding ABC reverse their decision. But I’m not.
Yes, it was a family-friendly show that didn’t have a problem poking fun at liberal ideas and Democratic politicians. Allen, as the show’s main character espoused conservative views often and regularly insulted Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton. And unlike most shows today, its humor wasn’t mean spirited with most episodes ending on a positive note, usually with previously warring characters embracing in a hearty hug. And to top it off, the show was apparently one of the network’s highest rated shows.
But so what? The show lasted six seasons, it wasn’t like the show tried to hide its political point of view before last season. The show chided liberal sacred cows early on in its run. It’s not as if it just all of a sudden adopted a conservative point of view and the show was renewed five prior times.
Anyone who believes the entertainment industry doesn’t have a heavy liberal bent is either lying to themselves or is incredibly naive. However, while television executives are likely to align more with Chuck Schumer and Nancy Pelosi than with Marco Rubio and Ben Sasse, in the end they are all about the benjamins, regardless of their political affiliation. Executives in Hollywood want to keep their jobs and that means making their company as much money as possible. If Last Man Standing was such a cash cow, it wouldn’t have been cancelled. If it truly is such a money-making program, another network can and will pick it up. Why couldn’t CMT, Hulu or NetFlix snag up the show?
Also, those complaining that Last Man Standing was the American Broadcasting Company’s only current show with a conservative point of view are flat-out wrong. Ever hear of The Middle? Speechless? The Goldbergs? And to a lesser extent American Housewife? All shows feature loving families, yes there are liberal aspects to each of those programs, but similar elements were present on Last Man Standing as well.
It’s also been thrown out there that another reason for the sitcom’s cancellation was Allen, personally, had become much more outspoken politically, as a conservative. That putting an end to his show was in large part due to Allen’s conservative political statements. Really? If I remember right, Patricia Heaton, the star of The Middle, isn’t afraid to make her feelings known on issues.
By the way The Middle was just renewed for its 9th season.
Look, I feel for Allen and the rest of the cast and crew who lost their jobs. But my point in all of this is that complaining about a cancelled television, yelling censorship because it was a conservative show with a conservative actor as the lead is a waste of time and energy. Also, calling on Congress to investigate ABC because of the show’s cancellation is complete and utter nonsense to the highest degree.
Hollywood is a liberal place, which produces generally liberal products, and whose foremost concern is to get the most return on their investment. If they think they can make more greenbacks by going another route, then that’s the direction they’re going to go.
In the end, money isn’t conservative or liberal, it isn’t pro-choice or pro-life, it’s not pro-Trump or never Trump, it has no ideology.