Though his intention may have been to take some of the hate out of the word, Tim Allen is catching backlash after comments about the N-word made during an interview with the Tampa Bay Times.
Remembering comedians like Lenny Bruce and Richard Pryor who used the word in their acts, the “Home Improvement” star explained, “You want to take the power away from that word so that no one is offended by it. [The phrase] the N-word is worse to me than n–ger.
With Paula Deen”s recent scandal in mind, he continued, “Ive had this argument on stage a million times. I do a movie with Martin Lawrence and pretty soon theyre referring to me, Hey, my ns up. So Im the n if Im around you guys but 7 feet away, if I said n, its not right.”
Later, the 60-year-old funny man added, “Its very confusing to the European mind how that works, especially if Ive either grown up or evolved or whatever, it literally was growing up in Colorado, with Hispanics and Anglos, thats all I remember. So when Paula Deen [admits her language], they go after her, and now weve gone backwards in the world.