Tim Allen off screen is tired of the way conservatives and Trump supporters have been treated. So, instead of remaining quiet, his show ABC’s Last Man Standing got creative by mocking PC culture, microaggressions, and censoring free speech on college campuses.
On Friday night’s episode titled “Precious Snowflake,” Mandy Baxter (portrayed by Molly Ephraim) is part of a business school committee selecting the keynote speaker at her commencement, and asks her father Mike (played by Allen) to do it.
Mike agrees, but shortly thereafter, he discovers that his speech has to be free of microaggressions. Phrases like “ladies and gentlemen” have to be removed because some people don’t identify as either. And it gets a bit more ridiculous from there.
He starts reading his speech in front of Mandy, saying, “‘Hey, everybody. America is the land of opportunity. I stand before you as –‘”
“Stop!” Mandy interrupts. “Okay, by saying that America’s the land of opportunity, you are implying that everyone has the same opportunities.”
“I’m not implying it. I’m saying it.” Mike quips. “If you live here and you work hard, you can succeed. That’s how this works.”
“Uh…yeah,” Mandy replies. “That one’s on here, too. It hurts the feelings of those who work hard and don’t succeed.”
“Give me that,” Mike grabs the stack of paper from Mandy filled with the list of the school’s microaggressions. “Where’s the list of stuff that doesn’t hurt people’s feelings? That’s got to be a short one.”
Mike decides to rewrite his speech specifically to troll the thought police and the precious snowflakes at his daughter’s school.
By the end of the episode, however, Mike doesn’t deliver his speech. Instead, his daughter Mandy introduces a different speaker, an immigrant from Pakistan her father introduced her to as an example of the American Dream. Mandy sends a strong message to the audience that her father was never afraid to share his opinions with her, and that people should feel free to tell their own stories controversial or not.