‘Last Man Standing’ Cancellation Sparks Call for ABC Boycott

Tim Allen comedy is “the only sitcom that is not constantly shoving liberal ideals down the throats of the viewers,” online petition says

Last Updated: May 15, 2017 @ 6:28 PM

Don’t worry, Tim Allen; Deputy Matt has your back.

A petitioner going by the name of Deputy Matt has launched an online petition calling for a boycott of ABC, in response to the cancellation of Allen’s sitcom “Last Man Standing” by the network.

The Change.org petition titled “Save Tim Allen’s Show ‘Last Man Standing'” says that the recently axed comedy “stands out in the sea of network television sitcoms. It is a show that appeals to a broad swath of Americans who find very few shows that extol the virtues with which they can identify; namely conservative values.”

The petition adds, “‘Last Man Standing’ is one of the only shows on broadcast television, and the only sitcom, that is not constantly shoving liberal ideals down the throats of the viewers. And sadly, that is likely the real reason the show has been cancelled.”

ABC announced the cancellation of “Last Man Standing” after six seasons last week.

“The intent of this petition/boycott is to attempt to get ABC to renew the show. With that in mind, I will no longer be watching any ABC shows. I have cancelled the DVR settings for the other ABC shows that I regularly watch. If you want to help try to save Last Man Standing, I encourage you to do the same,” the petition continues.

“Even if you are not willing to boycott the network, but still want to save the show, please sign this petition and share it. If you do plan to boycott ABC, please say so when you sign. Let them hear our voices.”

The cancellation followed controversial remarks made by Allen about free speech and Nazism. In March, Allen — who is a Republican — said on “Jimmy Kimmel Live!” that “you gotta be real careful around here” because “you’ll get beat up if you don’t believe what everybody believes.”

“It’s like ’30s Germany,” he added.

The chain of events caused some to wonder if his statements and the cancellation might be connected.

“No doubt Tim Allen’s political views factored into decision. I hear there’s an 8pm slot available on Fox Tim!” one observer wrote on Twitter.

So far, the online petition has gathered more than 44,000 signatures, out of its goal of 50,000.