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Tim Allen talks about the N-word, not being friendly with kids, the anarchy of comedy and more



Tim Allen wants to talk about the n-word.

“(The phrase) 'the n-word’ is worse to me than n-----,’” said Allen, speaking by phone on a day when the controversy over Paula Deen’s admitted use of that slur back in 1986 first began to destroy her celebrity empire.

For him, the criticism which keeps any non-black comic from using the word is a step backward from the days when Richard Pryor and Lenny Bruce were breaking comedy boundaries by purposefully using street language in ways middle-of-the-road comics wouldn’t dare.

“You want to take the power away from that word so that no one is offended by it,” he added. “If I have no intent, if I show no intent, if I clearly am not a racist, then how can 'n-----' be bad coming out of my mouth?”

If you want more of the forthright, dark and occasionally controversial Allen, head to his stand-up show at 8 p.m. Thursday at Ruth Eckerd Hall. Tickets are $49-$150; click here to get them.

For Eric Deggans' full interview with Tim Allen, click here.

[Last modified: Tuesday, July 23, 2013 10:10pm]


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