ABC has sparked a boycott against themselves, as conservative viewers are rallying to make phone calls and start social media campaigns. They’re looking for justice for Tim Allen – a pro-Trump actor who is the star of “Last Man Standing”, a popular show that ABC decided to up and cancel. “Last Man Standing” is actually one of their highest rated shows.
“Last Man Standing” follows the story of Mike Baxter, played by Allen. Baxter is ‘the quintessential man’s man’ and is known as a very American character, who uphold old-fashioned rules and views.
Baxter’s character is a devout Christian and Trump supporter, and works at a sporting good retailer, Outdoor Man, which sells guns, jerky, and camouflage recliners,
The Daily Mail reports:
Baxter’s life is thrown into upheaval when his wife, played by Nancy Travis, goes back to work, forcing him to assume some of the parental responsibilities.
Last Man Standing, which aired Friday at 8pm, was the second most watched comedy this season, drawing 8.1million viewers, according to Deadline.
The only sitcom that drew more viewers was another ABC hit, Modern Family.
Last Man Standing was the third most watched scripted series on ABC behind Grey’s Anatomy and Modern Family.
In March, Allen appeared on The Jimmy Kimmel Show, during which he accused Hollywood of behaving like ‘1930s Germany’ for actors who express views that are outside of the liberal mainstream.
‘You’ve gotta be real careful around here,’ said Allen, 63, who is best known for his 1990s sit-com Home Improvement.
‘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”.’
Conservative viewers believe that those remarks were what led ABC brass not to renew the show for another season.
Some have also speculated that the reason for the cancelation is that Robert Iger, the chairman and CEO of ABC’s parent company, The Walt Disney Company, is mulling a run for president as a Democrat in 2020.