Is Tim Allen Allowed to Say the N-Word?



Tim Allen obviously very well-known comedian known mainly as a very family-friendly comedian oh of course on the program home improvement for a long time on ABC and great amount of movie work as well well look he actually does a stand-up show this which is pretty raw is when he talked to Eric Dagon's about the N word oh boy all right now we're gonna get into trouble now as I read his quotes it.we I'm gonna read the actual word when he uses it okay one that's our policy on the internet works if someone says it and we're giving their quote we're not gonna double n-word it okay and number two if I didn't do it you might get confused by the n-word as opposed to the N – okay so here we go so this is what Tim Allen said the phrase the n-word is worse to me than nigga now I don't know if we said it with an A or an E or at the end I'm filling in the blank I'm giving the benefit of the doubt and ending it within it all right he went on to say you want to take the power away from that word so that no one is offended by it see okay that instantly he's being an interesting point now look he's worked with a ton of black comedians actors etc there he's obviously friends with them and he's saying I'm not coming at it from a bad place but we've given too much power to this word and going around saying that n-word is goofy ridiculous and empowers the word too much let's get beyond it now you can disagree of course I understand that but I think that he's trying to make an interesting point it's not like he's being malicious like Rush Limbaugh was he goes on to explain more he says see if you're around a word to be problematic for you and low intellect or uninvolved people find that out they're gonna call you and they go all day long because they know you don't like it okay that's interesting goes towards his empowerment of the word point that he was making earlier he goes on and say and I said so this debate rages in the public but when it gets to the comedy world we're not even allowed to say it and I got to refer to it as the n-word the F word the B word he gets all the way down the line it gets really intense we're running backwards now he talked about how Richard Pryor who's one of his heroes used to say at Lenny Bruce used to say it and he said look they were having stirring up interesting thoughts by using that word and he's saying we should get back to that more said I've had this argument on stage a million times I do a movie with Martin Lawrence and pretty soon they're referring to me as hey my niggas up so I'm on the nigger if I'm around you guys with seven feet away if I said nigga it's not right and he say it's so often I mean you almost got to give him credit for being over-the-top brazen about it now I like that he's spurring it on a conversation others do not I'm gonna get the people who don't like it in one second but one last quote here he said if I have no intent if I show no intent if I am clearly if I clearly AM NOT a racist then how can nigga be bad coming out of my mouth so that's a great question and one that I want to talk about but first I want to give the counterpoint here for Michael Eric Dyson on MSNBC who says no Tim Allen is not allowed to say that word under any situation y'all invented the n-word we didn't invent it we just co-opted it we hijacked it we did a carjacking on that word of few decades ago and not get mad because we've made more sexy use of it some denigration as well and now you walk back in no you can't have back in I refuse to infantilize ypp says it's confusing the Vianney confusing these are general rule of thumb to follow when using the n-word for white people never could you do that didn't you understand you can't do it and then finally a pen it's not given here is that is that is that using this kind of word as Chris Rock said white people control the whole world but they feel that they can't use the n-word somehow their power has been removed no grow up allow us to determine what is in and out and as a result of that be our ally and challenge white people not to use it at home you're already using it you just want to use it in public oh you really lost me with the last part it's funny because he turned me against this point I bought I have to give credit to the Cat in the Hat though I was I don't know that was but I want to find out that was silent yeah all right now when it comes to Michael Eric Dyson hey listen listen I when you if you say that in the context of about Rush Limbaugh I hear you he doesn't know us we've had this conversation on the show many times when he used the word it's clear that he has malicious intent and he's not talking about his buddy Martin Lawrence when Tim Allen uses it and you come at him with the same exact criticism that you come at Rush Limbaugh with well that I fear that that devalues your point I think that it requires a more nuanced conversation and at the end there woody gratuitously throws in you know you're using it at home you know you're just not allowed to use it in public you don't know that about Tim Allen I mean you don't know that he's using it maliciously at home so now he lost me on that and but whether you agree or disagree with Michael Eric Dyson you still can say hey you know what I don't think Tim Allen should use that word I think it's an interesting question in fact you know what boom we're doing a Paul Lee Young Turks calm we'll put that up Curtis what you guys think should Tim Allen be allowed to say it or not I know everybody's allowed to say it the question is do you think it's inappropriate or not right and me look I say I think it takes some balls on his part to say it I don't think he's coming at it from a bad place at all even though I don't have the immunity idol in this particular conversation I'm gonna pardon him anyway pardon Ivy's already sparked an interesting conversation and you could say hey it's inappropriate from him to use that but it's past time to have that conversation and and so that we can hash all this out and maybe at the end of the day we say hey and maybe Tim Allen even agrees hey it's not a great idea at this moment in American history for white people to use that word because it's gonna get going a bad direction but I like that he at least had the courage to bring it up

37 Comments

  • Jason Mason

    April 15, 2019

    Tim Allen was busted with cocaine and snitched on all his friends.

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  • NM1Raider

    April 15, 2019

    I love it when White folks have the unmitigated gall, to tell Black folks yet again how they should think, feel and behavior and what they should and should not be offended by! Especially when this word is used by them and has been used by them, to dehumanize Black people and this has been the very last word that Black people have heard before they were Lynched! So, given the history of this word and how Blacks have been historically treated by White people, you have to question why White people really have such an urge to even use this word! The answer to this question is that they want to have free reign to use a word publicly that they have all along been using private! That's all that is about…. So maybe when they live in system of Oppression and subjugation for almost 500 years, then they'll get a vote! Otherwise have several seats!!! This is the same guy that was so surprised to hear the comments that Roseanne Barr made! Racists usually all flock together…

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  • Berleezy's Nipples

    April 15, 2019

    I really don't care who says it and I'm black but this guy just wanted an excuse to say it ?? you know he felt so alive after this ?

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  • Cubez us

    April 15, 2019

    Nobody owns the n-word but that doesn't mean anyone should use it including black people. Black people calling each other the n-word would be like people with down syndrome calling each other retard. And I get what Tim Allen's trying to do but the word will always have deeply racist meaning.

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  • Jason Mason

    April 15, 2019

    MICHAEL ERIC DYSON nailed it. White people and others shouldnt say it.

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  • Ben Hendrickson

    April 15, 2019

    The one moment I agree with cenk

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  • Where's the Freedom?

    April 15, 2019

    Ni??a

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  • The film/movie Outlaw/Loner

    April 15, 2019

    Tim Allen is should be so sorry for what said because he will loss a Lange demographic of his audience

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  • Mike Brown

    April 15, 2019

    it's not what you are called it's what you answer to

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  • fido

    April 15, 2019

    Have the TYT ever had a intelligent thought?,,,,,,,,, I would say NOPE.

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  • ChooseLife

    April 15, 2019

    Yes he is. It is called the first amendment! I am Black and don't like Black people using the word, but in America the beautiful thing is you can say whatever the hell you want and nobody can say shit about it. It is a stupid word and using it makes you look ignorant so you do not hurt anyone except yourself or delicate wall flowers who get offended by pretty much everything. Honestly the way he is using it is not a big deal and I agree with what he is putting accross here. I am sick of the PC police and anything that puts thier panties in a bunch I welcome.

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  • Mandela Effect Comedy

    April 15, 2019

    "N-word, please!"

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  • Shark Wave

    April 15, 2019

    He Dan say whatever the hell he wants. Screw off

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  • angelmushahf

    April 15, 2019

    how bout no one uses the word? political correctness in this case is not law, it's just a social and/or unwritten rule that ppl abide by to respect someone else's cultural identity and background. personally I don't think it should be a question. and this is my problem with black ppl using it, other ppl justify using the word becuz Black ppl use it. I guess regardless of whether black ppl use it or not, ignorant ppl are going to say it. but if becomes normal for ppl to use the n word in general settings, then the "c word" is fair game.

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  • Andre Small

    April 15, 2019

    I don't think he was directing his rant at tim allan, i could be wrong. I think he was making a generalizing. Not really trying to get into this argument, But i just feel he was generalizing

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  • candlyn kelley

    April 15, 2019

    everyone should grow up!!! what if "white people" are sick and tired of being stereotyped too!

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  • Magic Mike

    April 15, 2019

    Black folk are crazy, they make no sense. agree?

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  • joc boii

    April 15, 2019

    if black people don't like other people saying that then start sewing everyone n anyone even their own people who say it and bling bling get money from it n get rig of the ghettozz

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  • Mustangfreak95

    April 15, 2019

    Of coarse he can say that. Anybody can. It's a little something called freedom of speech.

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  • Lisa Walters

    April 15, 2019

    no, I don't think so

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  • Maher Alkendi

    April 15, 2019

    Richard Pryor is black…

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  • Zimaz

    April 15, 2019

    Sticks & stones may brake my bones but words will never heart me.

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  • The Hermit

    April 15, 2019

    I agree 100% with Tim Allen's point. It is one I have made many times myself. But he obviously went over 'the line' in the number of times he said the word. But what 'line' are we talking about? It has something to do with the person making the point. Someone more 'hip' could have gotten away with it. But the real issue is revealed by Michael Eric Dyson's paranoid belief that white people are salivating to use the word. I'm white and have known many both racists and non-racists. I can tell you that it is the non racists who feel the most restricted (not because we can't use the word, but because we cannot discuss the issue of race at all with most people… white or black), as most liberal/progressives actually want to discuss these things openly (like Tim Allen). Racists seem actually more offended than anyone at the very suggestion of the word. They DON'T NEED the word. They're just as capable of hating black people without it, and saying the word or bringing it up 'offends' them (they hide behind the PC card). The problem here is that the word STILL HURTS black people, so much that many people, like Dyson, still scream like little babies over it and start making up conspiracy theories that white people actually somehow want to bring the word back (it's neither true of racists nor non-racists). The sad fact is that the legacy of slavery and racism has left scars. And those of us who do not bear those scars must simply be patient. In short, sorry Tim but we're not quite ready yet! 😉

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  • Robert Sander

    April 15, 2019

    Oh no, he said Night right? The dreadful N-word? Kindergarten America man…

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  • CDenic

    April 15, 2019

    You know what you call it when SOME people can do something and others can NOT because of their race…?
    Racism.
    And that shrieking cunt Dyson – who I've never seen before and hope to never see again – is a perfect example of that.
    It's JUST A FUCKING WORD, folks.

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  • ProblemBoy Official

    April 15, 2019

    friends use it, arrest friends? nope.

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  • kittyvalium

    April 15, 2019

    He stole that from louis ck

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  • Esad Selmic

    April 15, 2019

    yes he is fuck you morok!!!

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  • Ugly Reflection

    April 15, 2019

    I have a few white friends that use it and some that know i don't care if they do but because of the history of that word they don't. Personal I don't care if Tim or others use it, I feel like there are worst thing you can call me then nigga.

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  • KaLeetheOreo

    April 15, 2019

    My friends can use it because we have that relationship but strangers can't. As for comedians ehhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh depends strongly on what is being said and why.

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  • Andrew Graves

    April 15, 2019

    Why is this video?

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  • longliverocknroll5

    April 15, 2019

    What a stupid question this is. 
    1) Is he "allowed" to say it? What kind of stupid question is that? Of course he is allowed to say it. Should he say it? That's a completely different question with entirely different topics.
    2) Either anybody should be able to say it or nobody should be able to say. Freedom of speech means you can say whatever you want. 

    As Chris Rock says on King of the Hill episode entitled 'Traffic Jam': "We got a thing called freedom of speech, and a man on this stage can say any dumb-ass thing he wants!"

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  • norm741

    April 15, 2019

    The M word about O'bama is even worse as it is not even discussed…. That word is 
    MULATTO 

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  • museblock

    April 15, 2019

    Well, perhaps we should just make a list of all the racial slurs used for/against all ethnic groups and just outlaw them. Let's just overlook that thing called freedom of speech… people don't know how to be responsible with it anyway.

    This is ridiculous. I have no interest in adding the N-word to my vocabulary but to say that someone who isn't black, white as in most of these cases, can't use the word in any circumstance is just stupid. I am a social worker, working with teenage boys of varying ethnic backgrounds. I can't tell you how many times I have heard ethnic slurs for just about every race. Some of the black kids I work with have some horrible words for Mexicans and Asians… and their intent is absolutely malicious. Where is the outrage on that front? Should white people use the word… well, no probably not. But neither should black people or any other ethnicity. In all cases it doesn't show much consideration. But saying SOME are not allowed to… that's bullshit. That only creates segregation which was the original intention of the N-word.

    Why anyone would want to intentionally use a word that has a history of ethnic degradation, even if the word has been "jacked", is beyond me. People's thoughts on this subject, in particular, offer great insight into their global perspective.

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  • Brian Paul

    April 15, 2019

    Let's not be mad at Tim Allen for using the word, let's get rabid at him for stealing from Lois CK, A far funnier comedian.

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  • Julian

    April 15, 2019

    Well, keep in mind that he is an alcoholic. He's fried his brain with one too many cocktails.

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  • BleachFriend Reviewer

    April 15, 2019

    I don't understand why White people want to say it so badly why just tell me this please.

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