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Tim Allen went viral for a joke he made about President Joe Biden.
On Monday, the 69-year-old actor issued a tweet after Biden appeared on CBS magazine’s “60 Minutes” TV show.
Allen wrote, “Biden was 60 minutes. I heard he asked how long the show was.”
The wisdom of the “home improvement” alum soon sparked controversy, with many of Allen’s critics slamming it in responses.
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A number of Twitter users accused the comedian of “not respecting” the current president while others mocked the joke as “not funny” and “lame”.
Online critics also claimed that the “Toy Story” star was “irrelevant” and “laundered”.
“I think the funniest thing Tim Allen has done in the last 20 years is assuming he’s still relevant in any way,” one critic wrote on Twitter.
A few Twitter users have claimed that Allen has been replaced as Buzz Lightyear in the latest version of the huge “Toy Story” franchise due to comments like his tweet on Monday.
“And that, kids, is why Tim Allen isn’t the voice of Buzz Lightyear anymore,” one social media user wrote in part.
Although Allen has voiced the iconic animated character in all four previous “Toy Story” films, he has been replaced by Chris Evans in the 2022 film “Lightyear.”
The casting change was met with criticism by Allen’s fans and many of his friends in the industry.
“Everybody Loves Raymond” alumnus Patricia Heaton fired the move, writing on Twitter, “Watched the trailer for Buzz Lightyear and all I can say is that Disney/Pixar made a huge mistake not choosing my girlfriend Tim Allen in the role he created, the role he owns.”
“Tim IS Buzz! Why are they completely castrating this beloved character?”
Tom Hanks, Allen’s longtime star on “Toy Story,” told CinemaBlend that he “didn’t understand” Allen’s character recast.
For his part, the “Last Man Standing” actor said he decided to “stay away” from the Pixar prequel because it had “nothing to do” with his portrayal of Buzz Lightyear.
Meanwhile, some critics of Allen’s latest tweet have pointed to his 1978 arrest on drug smuggling charges. Allen spent nearly two and a half years in federal prison after he was found with more than a pound of cocaine at Kalamazoo/Battle Creek International Airport in Michigan.
According to Time magazine, he avoided a possible life sentence after striking a deal in which he provided the names of other drug dealers.
Allen thought about his arrest and time in prison during a 2021 interview on the “WTF with Marc Maron” podcast.
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He admitted “I did”. He went on to explain that he started drinking alcohol at a young age and his drug use increased dramatically after his father died in a car accident.
After his release from prison, Allen said he became committed to straightening his life. He’s been sober for more than two decades.
A number of Allen’s fans came to his defense after the uproar that followed his tweet. Several Twitter users indicated that the joke was somewhat harmless.
“Really?…Twitter is trying to cancel the sitcom Dad, Tim Allen, for telling him a dad joke?…Soft buttery,” one user wrote on Twitter.
The “Santa Claus” star has yet to publicly comment on the controversy he is stirring up on Twitter.
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