As night follows day, if you're a man and you're prosperous and famous enough, eventually, you'll be the victim of someone accusing you of sexual harassment or assault. The movement known as #MeToo has seen many women emerge from the shadows to accuse famous people, usually men, of sexual misconduct. And while some of the accused were definitely guilty, it was obvious that many were not. In fact, some cases reeked of extortion.
It was only a matter of time before Tim Allen received an accusation that he sexually harassed someone. And sure enough, Pamela Anderson was our Huckleberry.
According to her new book, Love, Pamela, the Baywatch star was at one time the “Tool Time Girl” on the TV show Home Improvement, which starred Allen. As per Anderson, Allen flashed her his…tool one day.
“On the first day of filming, I walked out of my dressing room, and Tim was in the hallway in his robe. He opened his robe and flashed me quickly—completely naked underneath,” she wrote. “He said it was only fair because he had seen me naked. Now we’re even. I laughed uncomfortably.”
As per USA Today, Allen has denied the allegations through his representative:
“In a statement provided to USA TODAY on Sunday by Allen’s representative Marleah Leslie, Allen denied Anderson’s allegation. ‘No, it never happened. I would never do such a thing,’ Allen said in the statement.”
As with the majority of “Me Too” accusations, Anderson had been debating whether to share the story for more than 32 years. She finally decided to go ahead and share it in a brief, easy-to-read and (most important) succinct reportable piece just in time for her new book. In accordance with the “Me Too” recipe, there's no proof, only an unsubstantiated assertion that we're told to believe, since not believing women is a sin of the modern age.
Well, certain women.
The issue, at the moment, isn't whether Allen did this; it's whether Anderson can be trusted. Everything points to “no.” Given the timing, the medium, and the current social climate, Anderson has everything to gain by blaming Allen.
Allen is among only a handful of Hollywood actors who are unabashedly conservative and Christian. He is one of the individuals the left dislikes the most. Any criticism he receives is likely to be taken up by leftist media, which have an agenda against conservative actors. This will increase the exposure of Anderson’s book, thereby increasing sales.
Allen affirms that he did not do the act. And we've got more reason to believe him than anyone else, particularly the woman who is feigning anger over being flashed at when being a sex target is her bread and butter. The moment she shared with Andy Dick on the Comedy Central Roast hasn't seemed to cause any outrage. South Side tweeted:
“This Pam Anderson / Tim Allen heat seems intentional. Remember when Andy Dick grabbed them jugs at her Comedy Central Roast and everyone was just cool with it?”
Let's pretend for a moment that the claim is real.
Does anyone care?
If it did happen, it happened 32 years ago. People are prone to changing drastically within the space of several years. Add a few decades to that, and you will see that the Tim Allen of then is not the Tim Allen of now. Maybe the same humor, imagination, style of dressing, ways of life, and so on could be present, but the core concepts and values are always changing as people grow wiser and gain experience.
If Allen was not a shrewd enough guy to have his Binford electric drill inside its holster back then, he certainly is now. If the accusation is true, the only thing required today is for Allen to offer an apology, and that's it.
However, as of now, we have plenty of evidence that suggests that he did not and that Anderson is simply trying to boost the popularity of her book.