In the Friday episode of ABC’s “Last Man Standing,” Tim Allen’s character tackled “microaggressions” on college campuses.
According to KSFO, Allen is asked in the episode to speak at his daughter’s business school’s graduation ceremony, but must submit his speech beforehand so it can be examined for any microaggressions or “objectionable words or phrases.”
“I know what microaggressions are,” Allen’s character Mike Baxter says. “It’s the liberal attack on free speech and a lot of fun if you do them right.”
When Baxter begins to read his speech, his daughter immediately scolds him for using the phrase, “ladies and gentlemen” at the beginning of the statement.
“No, uh, you can’t say, ‘Ladies and gentlemen,'” Mandy (Molly Ephraim) says. “Because it excludes those who don’t identify as either.”
Baxter is stunned, saying that he thought there were only two genders. He then later reads his “PC” version of the speech to his wife Vanessa (Nancy Travis) — who unfortunately also finds his speech problematic.
“To quote future Nobel Prize winner Lee Greenwood, ‘I’m proud to be an American,” Mike reads. “Not just because I have the right to speak my mind or carry an awesome gun, but because it’s the land of opportunity. Some whiny babies might not think so, but in America, if you work hard, anyone can be successful.”
“The thought police are never gonna approve that speech,” she tells him.
Watch the clips below.