Tim Allen’s “Career Won’t Survive” Latest Blunder

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Five images of Tim Allen in various acting roles with the word "canceled" in the forefront.

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Tim Allen is one of the most prolific actors and comedians of our time—and one of the internet’s most “canceled” stars. His career started in a rather unorthodox way, from a two-year prison sentence for cocaine trafficking to voicing beloved Buzz Lightyear in Toy Story (1995) in under two decades.

Allen made himself versatile from the beginning, with adult films like Tropical Snow (1988) and Wild Hogs (2007) interspersed with family-friendly titles like The Shaggy Dog (2007) and, of course, The Santa Clause (1994). He went on to become Tim “The Toolman” Taylor on ABC’s Home Improvement and later starred as Mike Baxter in the FOX sitcom Last Man Standing.

Tim Allen speaks in a red suit as Santa in a 'The Santa Clauses' Season 2 trailer.
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This is where Allen’s controversies begin. Known to have a sizeable creative footprint on his most recent sitcom, many were disappointed with the star’s conservative viewpoints leaking into the show. A vocal Republican, Allen upset many with his opinions on the LGBTQIA+ community and support of former President Donald Trump.

Allen promised to “embrace the ‘Christ’ in Christmas” in his newest Disney+ series, The Santa Clauses, which debuted its second season this month. But even the festive, family-friendly television show upset viewers when it made a joke that involved misspelling “Santa” to “Satan.”

Toy Story Woody (left) and Buzz Lightyear (right)
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Early this week, Allen’s name trended on X (formerly known as Twitter). Hundreds slammed the Christmas with the Kranks (2004) lead for allegedly claiming that pets aren’t capable of love. The rumor appears to have originated with a post by @sloyoroll01973. 

“Per Tim Allen, animals aren’t capable of love…so, what does it mean when a dog licks you?” the user wrote. “Or for example, a man goes hiking with his dog, he has an accident and dies. When the rescuers finally found him a month later, the dog was still there by his owner’s side…”

The claim snowballed from there.

Tim Allen in a gray button up smiles next to Buzz Lightyear at Disney's Hollywood Studios.
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“Tim Allen believes animals aren’t capable of love,” said @April_Sassy. “Wrong. 1 year ago, an eartipped feral kitty began running around my yard. That kitty sensed that I was a good person, & I feed him everyday. He has an outdoor shelter made from Styrofoam & straw bc he is still feral. The feral kitty does let me pet him now, and he rubs my legs because he feels he is loved. He also has the weakest, high pitched meows I’ve ever heard from a male kitty. Though I wish he could be brought in, he is a lot happier now than when I met him a year ago.”

Some claimed this mistake could end Allen’s career.

“Tim Allen lost a LOT of fans when he went hardcore nutso Trumper,” @LiberalAgendaX wrote. “I don’t think what’s left of his career can SURVIVE ‘animals are incapable of having feelings.’ Also, Tim, the animals just hate you.”

Inside the Magic was unable to find the exact origin of the quote. However, it appears to originate from an episode of Last Man Standing when Allen’s character, Mike Baxter, argued with an animal rights activist.

Allen has remained silent on social media since the controversy began.

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