Tim Allen Questions Twitter Censorship in New Post, Social Media Goes Crazy

by Jennifer Shea

Tim Allen is raising questions about the decision-making process at Twitter headquarters.

“Wonder who decides what we are allowed to tweet,” Allen mused in a tweet. 

He followed that up with another tweet Wednesday. “Wonder what words trip the Twitter guards,” he continued.

Twitter Firestorm

Unsurprisingly, there are many people replying to Allen’s questions. It’s Twitter, so it’s the name of the game.

Allen’s replies promptly lit up with words like “freedom,” “liberty,” “truth” and “Trump.”

It’s unclear what’s prompting Allen’s questions. Though he plays a staunch conservative on “Last Man Standing,” the actor has been cautious about voicing his own political views. Might not be a bad strategy in the current political climate.

Allen attended President Trump’s inauguration in January. But he told Indie Wire that he’s struck by how often people confuse him with his “Last Man Standing” character. 

“My constant comment is, Bryan Cranston isn’t actually a meth dealer. Keanu Reeves didn’t kill 109 people. These are actors,” Allen said. “I don’t know where it got confusing. I’ve done interviews where I have to ask, ‘Are you asking my character this question?’”

Conservative in Hollywood

However, a year earlier, Allen drew criticism for comparing left-wing Hollywood, California to Nazi Germany.

“You’ve got to be real careful around here,” Allen said, about speaking positively of President Trump, according to CBS News. “You get beat up if you don’t believe what everybody believes. This is like ’30s Germany. I don’t know what happened. If you’re not part of the group — ‘You know, what we believe is right’ — I go, ‘Well, I might have a problem with that.’”

Conservatives like Sen. Josh Hawley (R-MO) and Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) are raising concerns over Twitter’s response to a New York Post story on Hunter Biden. As of this writing, the Post’s account remains locked.

Whatever the reason for Allen’s latest questions, the actor is no stranger to the downsides of Twitter’s algorithms. This summer, “#RIPTimAllen” began trending after Dan Katz of Barstool Sports started a Twitter competition to identify Allen, Fox News reported. Allen himself had to turn to Twitter to shoot down rumors of his death.

“Imagine my surprise when I woke up this morning to a beautiful day in Michigan only to find out I’m dead?!” Allen joked. “How did it happen? Can anyone tell me? I’m DYING to know.”

Another moment in Twitter history.