Although ABC says politics played no role in its recent cancellation of Last Man Standing, many fans seem certain the show got axed due to its political incorrectness and espousal of “conservative views.”
A new Change.org petition threatening to boycott ABC over the cancellation has amassed more than 245,000 signatures and argues that the show was “not just selling conservative ideas,” but the idea that people of different political views can still “get along and take care of one another.”
“Last Man Standing is one of the only shows on broadcast television, and the only sitcom, that is not constantly shoving liberal ideals down the throats of the viewers,” reads the petition.
Here are five political jokes that, as some fans see it, may have led to the show’s early demise.
1. Hillary Clinton’s therapist
Kyle (Christoph Sanders): So, you’re upset because you feel like you lost?
Ryan (Jordan Masterson): Yeah, losing sucks.
Kyle: We lose all the time, but we still enjoy ourselves. You have to learn to look at losing as a win.
Ryan: You sound like Hillary Clinton’s therapist.
2. “Fair went out with Obama”
Joe (Jay Leno): That’s not fair!
Mike (Tim Allen): Fair went out with Obama. Now get back to work!
3. Defeating ISIS
Mandy (Molly Ephraim): Nice work. No problem is too small for you to handle, huh?
Mike: Or too big. I’ve worked out a way to defeat ISIS 10 times in my mind.
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4. “Whiny babies”
In one episode, Allen’s character gives a speech at his daughter’s graduation that embodies the conservative view of “political correctness.”
“To quote future Nobel Prize winner Lee Greenwood, ‘I’m proud to be an American.’ Not just because I have the right to speak my mind or carry an awesome gun, but because it’s the land of opportunity,” he says. “Some whiny babies might not think so, but in America, if you work hard, anyone can be successful.”
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5. Obama’s “first job”
Mike: “If you’re a young person who’s not exactly sure where life is taking you, that’s okay. You know, we can’t all be Barack Obama and have our first job be president.”
Allen hasn’t been shy about sharing his own conservative political views. During a March interview on Jimmy Kimmel Live! the actor compared being a Republican in Hollywood to living in 1930s Germany.
“You’ve gotta be real careful around here,” he said. “You get beat up if don’t believe what everybody believes. This is like ’30s Germany.”
Allen also told Fox News host Megyn Kelly in November: “What I find odd in Hollywood is that they didn’t like Trump because he was a bully. But if you had any inkling that you were for Trump, you got bullied for doing that. And it gets a bit hypocritical for me.”