Tim Allen has been harshly rebuked by the Anne Frank Center for Mutual Respect for his throwaway comment comparing the current fraught political climate for conservatives in Hollywood to living in 1930s Germany.
The Center demanded Allen apologize for his comments made in an interview on Jimmy Kimmel Live! last Friday, where the comedian said: "You gotta be real careful around here, you know. You'll get beat up if you don't believe what everybody believes. It's like '30s Germany."
Steven Goldstein, the executive director of the Center, didn't mince his words in a post on the nonprofit's Facebook page asking, "Tim, have you lost your mind?" for making the glib comparison. Goldstein blasted Allen for comparing the dehumanization as well as massive loss of Jewish life and property in Nazi Germany to Hollywood conservatives fearing for their job prospects in the age of Donald Trump.
"No one in Hollywood today is subjecting you or anyone else to what the Nazis imposed on Jews in the 1930s," said Goldstein directing Allen to leave his "bubble" and "apologize to the Jewish people" as well as "other peoples targeted by the Nazis."
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Read the full Facebook post:
ACTOR TIM ALLEN HAS MADE A DEEPLY OFFENSIVE CHARACTERIZATION THAT TRIVIALIZES THE HORRORS IMPOSED ON JEWS IN NAZI GERMANY. WE CALL ON TIM TO APOLOGIZE.
Tim, a guest last week on ABC's Jimmy Kimmel Live, told Jimmy that being a Republican in Hollywood today is "like 1930s Germany. You gotta be real careful around here, you know. You'll get beat up if you don't believe what everybody believes."
"Tim, have you lost your mind?" said Steven Goldstein, Executive Director of the Anne Frank Center for Mutual Respect. "No one in Hollywood today is subjecting you or anyone else to what the Nazis imposed on Jews in the 1930s - the world's most evil program of dehumanization, imprisonment and mass brutality, implemented by an entire national government, as thepreludefor the genocide of nearly an entire people. Sorry, Tim, that's just not the same as getting turned down for a movie role. It's time for you to leave your bubble to apologize to the Jewish people and, to be sure, the other peoples also targeted by the Nazis." #NeverAgain #Antisemitism