Anne Frank Center to Tim Allen: 'Have You Lost Your Mind?'

Wants apology from Allen for comparing being conservative star to being in '30s Germany
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Mar 21, 2017 10:12 AM CDT
Anne Frank Center to Tim Allen: 'Have You Lost Your Mind?'
Tim Allen is taking some heat from the Anne Frank Center for comments he made on Jimmy Kimmel's late-night show.   (Duane Burleson)

The Anne Frank Center for Mutual Respect is calling on Tim Allen to apologize for comparing the experience of being a conservative in Hollywood to living in Germany in the 1930s. Allen made the comments on Jimmy Kimmel Live last week while discussing his attendance at President Trump's inauguration, the AP reports. Of Hollywood, Allen said, "You've got to be real careful around here or you'll get beat up." He added, "If you don't believe what everybody believes, this is like '30s Germany." The Washington Post notes that Allen—who plays a right-leaning character he describes as an "educated Archie Bunker" on the ABC sitcom Last Man Standing—is one among a small group of Hollywood celebrities to be vocal about their conservative bent.

In a statement, per Entertainment Weekly, Anne Frank Center Executive Director Steven Goldstein asks Allen: "Tim, have you lost your mind?" He calls on Allen to "apologize to the Jewish people" and tells the star that "no one in Hollywood today is subjecting you or anyone else to what the Nazis imposed on Jews in the 1930s." Goldstein's entire statement, which was accompanied by #NeverAgain and #Antisemitism hashtags, can be seen on the center's Facebook page. Allen's representative didn't immediately return a request for comment. (More Tim Allen stories.)

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