In a March 17 appearance on television show "Jimmy Kimmel Live," comic actor Tim Allen said Hollywood is like "1930s Germany."
He also claimed that Republicans in Hollywood are likely to get "beat up" for expressing views that liberals don't agree with, reports the Daily Mail.
"You’ve gotta be real careful around here," said Allen, 63, whose role in the 1990s sitcom "Home Improvement" made him a household name. "You get beat up if you don’t believe what everybody believes. This is like ’30s Germany."
To illustrate, he said that if anyone in Hollywood "finds out you support [President Donald Trump] at all, it's like you smell bad," reports The Independent. For that reason, he said, some conservative entertainers who support Trump are afraid to admit it.
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The United States Holocaust Museum's website provides a summary of cultural life in Germany during the period cited by Allen as being comparable to Hollywood today: "Beginning in September 1933, a new Reich Culture Chamber (Reichskulturkammer) -- an umbrella organization composed of the Reich Film, Music, Theater, Press, Literary, Fine Arts, and Radio Chambers -- moved to supervise and regulate all facets of German culture."
The site goes on to note that banned books were removed from public libraries, and book-burning ceremonies were held to destroy the works of "un-German" writers. Paintings were confiscated from museums and destroyed or sold at public auction. Music by Jewish composers was banned, as was all music associated with African-American culture -- most notably, jazz.
Explaining his support for Trump, Allen said he thought the billionaire "might be able to do the stuff that really needs fixing. ... Give that guy the roads, bridges, infrastructure, power grid -- just have him fix that s*** for four years. He’s good at that. ... And he’s a businessman so he understands how debt load works."
As for the alleged Nazi-like reaction to Trump supporters from Hollywood liberals, Allen said: "What I find odd in Hollywood is that they didn’t like Trump because he was a bully. But if you had any kind of inkling that you were for Trump, you got bullied for doing that. And it gets a little bit hypocritical to me."
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Allen claims that he knows people in the acting industry who are conservatives but they never tell anyone because they fear that doing so might result in retaliation by Hollywood liberals or the viewing public.