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Tim Allen has gone viral over a joke he made about President Joe Biden.
On Monday, the 69-year-old actor released a tweet following Biden’s appearance on the CBS television magazine show “60 Minutes.”
“Biden was on 60 Minutes. I heard he asked how long the show was,” Allen wrote.
The “Home Improvement” alum’s sense of humor quickly sparked controversy, with many of Allen’s critics criticizing her in response.
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Several Twitter users accused the comedian of being “disrespectful” to the current president, while others called the joke “unfounded” and “lame.”
Opponents online also claimed that the “Toy Story” star was “irrelevant” and “washed out”.
“I think the funniest thing Tim Allen has done in the last 20 years is that he’s still relevant in some way,” tweeted one critic.
Some Twitter users claimed that Allen was replaced as Buzz Lightyear in the latest installment of the mega-hit “Toy Story” franchise, because of comments like the tweet he posted on Monday.
“And this, kids, is why Tim Allen is no longer the voice of Buzz Lightyear,” one social media user wrote in part.
Although Allen had voiced the iconic animated character in all four previous “Toy Story” films, he was replaced by Chris Evans in the 2022 film “Lightyear”.
The casting change faced criticism from fans of Allen and many of his friends in the industry.
“Everybody Loves Raymond” alumna Patricia Heaton criticized the move, writing on Twitter, “Watched the trailer for Buzz Lightyear and all I can say is that Disney/Pixar did a great job of not casting my friend Tim Allen in that role. Made a big mistake, which he originated, the role he has.
“Tim’s a buzz! Why would they totally deny this iconic, beloved character?”
Allen’s longtime “Toy Story” co-star Tom Hanks told CinemaBlend that he “didn’t understand” the reworking of Allen’s character.
For his part, the “Last Man Standing” actor said he decided to “stay out” from the Pixar prequel because it “had nothing to do” with his portrayal of Buzz Lightyear.
Meanwhile, some critics of Allen’s latest tweet referenced his 1978 arrest for drug trafficking. Allen served nearly two and a half years in federal prison after more than a pound of cocaine was found 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 reflected on his arrest and time in prison during a 2021 interview on the “WTF with Mark Maron” podcast.
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“I was a mannequin,” he admitted. He further explained that he started drinking at a young age and his substance abuse had increased significantly after the death of his father in a car accident.
After his release from prison, Allen said he was committed to straightening out his life. He has been sober for more than two decades.
Many of Allen’s fans came to her rescue after an uproar following her tweet. Several Twitter users reported that the joke was quite spontaneous.
One user tweeted, “Really… Twitter is trying to cancel sitcom dad, Tim Allen, for saying dad jokes… butter soft.”
The “The Santa Claus” star has yet to publicly comment on the Twitter controversy.
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