Political Correctness is a thing that we all encounter in our day to day lives, we all bitch about how political correctness has gone to far and how people just need to relax… yet being politically correct never really seems to abate does it?  The more we complain about being too politically correct the more politically correct we get and this shit has got to STOP.  Everything offends someone in this day and age, it never fails.   You can’t say cunt without women coming down on you, you can’t make any racial notification (not slur) without offending some race’s not really appointed group of mouthpieces and you can’t dare make a joke which is even the least bit harsh without being publicly shamed for having a sense of humor that is outside of the mainstream (or what passes for the mainstream).   I make “off color” jokes all the time and I you know what?  They get laughs followed by looks of shame from those who laughed at them.   It’s a kind of cultural guilt that you find something funny that you think society will punish you for finding funny.

pc 1Why do we have to be politically correct anyway?  Are we not a nation that, in theory at least, is based on the principle of freedom of speech and the free flow of ideas?  How does limiting the ideas (even ones that are offensive) serve the goal of true freedom?   How does cutting off or penalizing the speech that you don’t like further the ideal of freedom of speech?   Now, before this gets thrown back at me let me state that yes, there are indeed limits to the freedom that speech is afforded in the US and there should be (reasonably so), you can’t call for the murder of someone else and have that protected the same as you can’t incite a riot or things of that nature.  Those things are crimes because they are advocating criminal acts with serious criminal ramifications… on the other hand one could argue that publicly calling for the legalization of weed (still a crime to grow/use/sell in most states) should fall under the same parameters as the old chestnut of yelling fire in a crowded theater, I disagree as one is harmful to the people themselves and one is not, that is a huge dividing line.  So what are the limits of free speech that political correctness has thrust upon us in an ever increasing and oppressive move to homogenize the population?  Obviously racial slurs of any kind are now verboten in good and “normal” society* but we have also added sexual slurs and… well slurs of any kind really.   In this new politically correct world you can’t dislike another person (or group) for any reason, that is not politically correct don’t ya know.   Well, that is not true actually, slurs are okay when they are used by the people traditionally thought of as the victims (more often than not today, a self ascribed victim).   You can’t call a homosexual a fag, but they can call you a breeder.  Sounds a little one sided there.   You can’t use ANY slur against a non white race but in turn it’s fine for them to call you whitebread, ofay, blue eyed devil, cracker, gringo, honky, peckerwood, roundeye or wigger.   Those are all socially accepted due to this somewhat skewed perception that whites should not have freedom to speak as they wish, but all other races should.**  Why is this?   Why does political correctness only seem to attach itself in some cases and not in others?  What the hell am I saying, I don’t want it in ANY case but I wanted to point out the duality that we give political correctness.   Political correctness is something that only has as much power as we allow it to have so in essence this is all of your fault, all of it.   You allowed it to get this far and now it is growing exponentially.

Now, there are groups out there who’s sole existence is to find something to be offended about at all times.   Any racial group such as the NAACP troll the news and internet LOOKING for something to get offended about, thereby justifying their own existence.  They don’t get offended when someone that they represent does something politically incorrect, only when something politically incorrect is done to them do they act.   I am not singling out the NAACAP for any real reason other then they are the first that sprang to mind, with them being one of the most visible and vocal of the “offended” groups.  Every race, every sexual orientation, every religion, every group and sub-group has one of these.  You people need to stop being offended at everything and learn just what freedom of speech and freedom in general actually means.

pc 3They have made the media politically correct to such a degree that they are including disclaimers on re-releases of old movies and even cartoons.  The Warner Brother Looney Tunes Golden Collection includes some of those, no doubt about it, racist cartoons from the 30’s and 40’s… with a disclaimer on them that Warner Brothers does not endorse racism blah, blah, blah.   To their credit though they ALSO include an introduction by Whoopi Goldberg that puts these cartoons in their historical context and explains why they are being included in this set and while that is admirable it was really still just a marketing move as Warner Brothers knew leaving those particular cartoons out would have brought them up anyway.   Anyone remember the 1985 breakout adult feature New Wave Hookers?  You don’t?   Prudes.   New Wave Hookers was an early Dark Brothers movie about 2 scummy guys in an office dreaming about becoming pimps and… well it’s a porn, you know where this went.   Anyway, the movie is a hardcore film and yet the DVD is censored… not for the reason(s) you think it is.  Most people know that New Wave Hookers originally had a scene with Traci “I will sell all of you out to get famous” Lords in it, which after the reveal about her age lies was cut to remove her from the film.   Well that version is not on DVD obviously, but no, the DVD has bleeps in it.   The sex is all uncut still but the DVD bleeps out racial slurs from the two guys (one white, one black).   Nigger and chink are bleeped.   How the fuck do you countenance that?   Oh, Ginger Lynn getting DPed is okay (and hot) but a punk that says nigger is not?   I have never seen this kind of censorship before this modern era.   My laserdisc of New Wave Hookers has the language intact… but the DVD does not.  You see this kind of thing on TV all the time, I saw Fox Movie Channel attempt to air American History X last year and they silenced out every racial slur in the movie.   What is the point then?  This is a movie ABOUT how racism will destroy you and you go and nerf it all up?   I think Fox missed the point.  Were you afraid that people might burn down Burbank if you allowed Ed Norton to say nigger on TV?

pc 4Hell, look at the cocksuckers that try to KILL people over jokes!!!  Muslims are a group that really can’t take a joke or even a reference made to them.  Riots, RIOTS, were started over a danish cartoon that depicted Mohammad.   Muslims rioted and attempted to kill the cartoonist for daring to depict their precious made up man.   They did this again a few years ago to Parker and Stone of South Park for simply IMPLYING Mohammad was involved and Comedy Central of course caved the hell in and gave these 15th century throwbacks*** what they wanted.  The christians are not a hell of alot better, the also hold their fictional man up to such heights that they get TV shows taken off the air for “blasphemy” or daring to teach people reason over blind faith in nothing.   When it comes to humor there will never be consensus but that alone should not disqualify something from being laughed at.  We all laugh at things that should not be funny or are so politically incorrect that we can’t help but laugh at them.  Hell, the last time I was on the phone to my editor at Hustler I pitched him 2 cartoons that were in such bad taste that he said they absolutely are contenders for print and perhaps for “Most Tasteless Cartoon” awards… be he laughed at them too so…

pc 5When did being politically correct (on this level) really begin?   Words and descriptions that used to be common place (no matter how misguided) have now become punishable conduct, so how did we get here?   I was born in 1975 and I can’t remember the exact year I first heard the term “politically correct” it was in the mid to late 80’s though as I was starting high school but the term did not find usage in the mainstream until the 1990’s.   The first instances I encountered of political correctness were them dulling our language in a concentrated effort to placate the populace.  If you keep people focused on irrelevant things like words then they don’t notice when you slip bills past them which give corporations complete freedom or allow the teaching of religious doctrine in public schools.   They use political correctness as a magician uses misdirection and slight of hand… look over here and pay no attention to what is going on over there.  Anyway, I was in high school from 1989 to 1993 and in that short time I saw quite a but of political correct bullshit pass before me.   I saw the dulling of language as stated above but I also saw the slow retreat of thought as well.  When they tell you how you can talk and what words you can use they are training your brain to their way of thinking (as it were).   You were being indoctrinated into a way of thinking without even realizing it.  Godwin’s law here but damn it this REALLY IS how the nazi’s controlled their population, they decided what words you could use and in doing so they dehumanized an entire race of people all the while keeping the patriotism of their citizens.   To extreme of an example?  Well it is also apt.  You can not allow political correctness to erode your mind or your sensibilities.  You need to stand up and force the US to stop being so sensitive about things and learn to sit side by side with something they may not agree with.   Those in power (coupled with those who wanted power) took advantage of you and your ignorance.  They played you and worse yet you not only let them but you thanked them for it.  You are the problem here, if you would grow a backbone then they could not control you but you would rather be fat and happy and not have to think.

*Which I consider part and parcel of having freedom.   You get to hate what you hate, no matter the ignorance involved in that hate.   Slurs are protected and should remain that way.**Let me note here I am simply calling out the hypocrisy of this whole thing, I do not approve of whites being racist twats anymore than I do any other group being racist assholes.

***I call these people throwbacks, not all Muslims, just those that refuse to grow and move past their narrow, NARROW, views of the world and women.

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