I’ll always appreciate Tim Allen (pictured) for introducing Jonathan Taylor Thomas in to my life, but he and his White entitlement can go have a tragic accident, straight “Home Improvement” style for all I care. Last week, the comedian and actor lamented over his inability to use the word n*gger – and its variations — in an interview with the Tampa Bay Times. Indeed, the artist formally known as Tim “The Toolman” Taylor opined that “the N-word’ is worse to me than n—–.’ “
Yes, Tim, but that’s because you bear the burden of that word.
Borrowing a point of view held by his Black comedic brethren, Allen continued, ”You want to take the power away from that word so that no one is offended by it. If I have no intent, if I show no intent, if I clearly am not a racist, then how can ‘n—–’ be bad coming out of my mouth?”
Here’s something I want well-meaning White people to understand: If you belong to the party responsible for the racial slur, it’ll never be “okay” that you use it to the majority of the people for which it was intended to denigrate.
As a heterosexual White male of wealth, Tim Allen has more privilege than just about everyone else walking the Earth. If the largest burden in your life is that you can’t use a racial slur in a context similar to that of the people who decided to flip it and reverse without repercussions, get the hell over it. You are White, and trust me, it could be a lot worse for you.
Just based on his explanation, this isn’t so much about doing his part as the nice White guy to repair the irreparable as it is a man used to getting his way and vexed that there’s still an exception to the rule in place. If you need any additional proof of that, look at the way he dons a cape to save Captain Shake, Bake, and Enslave, Paula Deen.