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Growing Pains TV dad Alan Thicke said he would have voted for Hillary Clinton in the recent U.S. presidential election.
“But I’m a Canadian citizen, so down here my vote only counts on Dancing with the Stars,” Thicke jokingly told The Hollywood Reporter while attending the Whistler Film Festival. On a more serious note, he criticized anti-Donald Trump demonstrators who blocked Los Angeles traffic on election night as they reacted to the president-elect’s win.
Organizing against policies on immigration, climate change and a Muslim registry to possibly sway the president-elect is one thing, Thicke argued. “But just to march in the streets and clog up traffic on a freeway in L.A. so people can’t get home, to me that not only sends the wrong message of disorganization and anarchy, but it’s annoying, and you lose people, you lose your base,” he added.
Election-night demonstrations were mostly peaceful, but some local freeways were blocked in Los Angeles. Thicke urged anti-Trump protests to go online and use social media.
“That’s how Trump got elected. Use that tool to say, ‘Join us, here’s our website, we’re citizens against the Muslim registry. We’re citizens against the wall, and get enough signatures and get enough attention.’ But not by clogging the freeways,” he said. Thicke, who received the Canadian Icon Award in Whistler, also talked about a long career as an actor, game show and talk show host on both sides of the U.S.-Canada border, including with his latest film, It’s Not My Fault and I Don’t Care Anyway.
He recounted following up his 1970s Canadian talk show, The Alan Thicke Show, with the short-lived late-night talker Thicke of the Night, produced by MGM Television and airing in 1983. Despite that disappointment, Thicke said the exposure of his U.S. talk show led to his starring role as Jason Seaver on ABC’s Growing Pains.
“It becomes a back and forth exchange, and that’s very healthy,” he said. “You try to learn your craft in one place, and they let you polish it in another. It’s a never-ending ladder.”