Sunday, January 27, 2013

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Is It Right To Make Everything Politically Correct?

Wikipedia defines political correctness as such:

"Political correctness is a term which denotes language, ideas, policies, and behavior seen as seeking to minimize social and institutional offense in occupational, gender, racial, cultural, sexual orientation, certain other religions, beliefs or ideologies, disability, and age-related contexts, and, as purported by the term, doing so to an excessive extent."

Oh, well, does this remind me of something?
          Why am I quoting Wikipedia? Wouldn't it be more professional to quote some source that's more trusted? I don't give a shit. That's the first politically incorrect moment in this blogpost, now pay attention, and pay attention good, political correctness is common sense that has become a sort of rule in society one must obey so they don't offend pansies that get offended when you don't mention something the way they want it to. 

           So, if this is meant to please people, why is it a problem? Well, in some way, it hides out what's wrong with a society the same way those guys in Harry Potter wouldn't say the word "Voldemort" (I've said it many times, so what). It's like saying the N-word. Of course, you're not going to call a black man a nigger, but doesn't it sound stupid to call somebody African American, for example, if he's not African, and especially if he's not American either?

            The problem is that people similar to those in the demographic of overprotective suburban mothers and the like are exaggerating this to the portion that things that don't need to be censored (censorship being already a problem in itself) are being censored, to the point that people are actually complaining about hearing the words "illegal immigrant", or like Steve Carrel's character said in The Office: "Let me ask you, is there a term besides 'Mexican' that you prefer? Something less offensive?" Stuff like that is actually happening in real life.

            Now, if I'm advocating against political correctness, does that mean that I'm pro-offense? Hell no. What I mean is, don't be a dick if you don't want to make enemies, but don't sugar-coat everything you say either. "But what if they start saying curse words in television programs designated for age groups such as babies and toddlers?!?" The horror, right? Here's the thing, there are still rules. You're not going to turn Barney the Dinosaur into Barney the Alcoholic Lizard.

            So yeah, please, try to leave political correctness behind. It's almost like you want this to develop into an Orwellian nightmare, to which I say, no, fuck no. If any society wants to advance, they have to accept the world as it is, and not turn it into a world of gay unicorns and rainbows so nobody will be offended. Or what, you're going to call the short and tall kids vertically disadvantaged and vertically advanced at some point?