A casual and fun discussion about cards sparked debate across social media about whether actor/comedian Tim Allen is a racist.
The drama kicked off Tuesday when Global Grind’s entertainment reporter Xilla Valentine posted a clip of his interview with Tom Hanks and Allen during a “Toy Story 4” junket, and he gave the former props for his knowledge of Spades, a cards game popular among Black folks.
Allen’s lack of knowledge of game left Black Twitter feeling some way – and many criticized his demeanor in the clip, noting that his grouchy attitude seemed to support accusations that he’s a racist.
Allen began trending on Twitter Wednesday when commenters cited a past interview in which he argued for his right to say the n-word.
Writer Scott Weinberg, who called Allen a “stupid f***ing bigot,” shared a screenshot from the 2013 interview with the Tampa Bay Times, which was referenced in a Daily Mail article.
“I’ve had this argument on stage a million times. I do a movie with Martin Lawrence and pretty soon they’re referring to me, ‘hey, my n—–’s up,’” Allen says in the interview. “So I’m the n—– if I’m around you guys but seven feet away, if I said n—–, it’s not right.”
Allen’s comments were slammed in 2013 and now that they’ve been resurrected folks are just as outraged.