- Saturday 1st December 2007, 6:00am [Edited]
- London, United Kingdom
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Quote: Cinnamon @ December 1, 2007, 12:29 AM
That's such an ludicrous overstatement that it makes the most hyperventilating advocate of political correctness look positively apathetic. Political correctness was effectively instigated at a very important time in the 70s, where the NF was gaining widespread support and the television was full of such cheery chappies as Bernard Manning, Jim Davidson and The Black And White Minstrels. Immigration was a hotly debated topic and at the time such 'light entertainers' were only providing fuel for misinformed prejudice of the British public. Political correctness was resisted back then - in the words of Stewart Lee, 'God, wasn't it awful having to be fair to people' - but society's attitudes towards minorities notably shifted. Political correctness inestimably formed the multicultural society that we live in today.
The problem now is that people imagine that to be politically correct is to avoid offending anybody. This is not the case, and it's explicit definition is, 'the avoidance of expressions or actions that can be perceived to exclude or marginalize people who are socially disadvantaged or discriminated against'. That is why jokes about women were seen as antagonising in a discriminatory society, and that was why homophobic jokes were attacked in a discriminatory society. Noone - to my knowledge - has been arrested for making a 'non-pc' joke, but many have been disregarded by an evolving society. Besides which, has anybody noticed that the non-pc comedians are always moronic, witless, clunking and banal?
I think in the bit of my post you are highlighting I have used the term 'politically correct' when I should be saying 'too liberal'.
I was there in the 70's and to be honest I don't recall it the way you describe it. Jim Davidson, Bernard Manning and The Black & White Minstrels were just as you say 'light entertainment'. You say that television was 'full of' this type of entertainment. No, it wasn't! And to claim that the NF were gaining support because of what entertainers were doing on the telly sounds like reactionary nonsense! Your post reads just like the typical over-reaction of a member of the political correct brigade! 'Misinformed prejudice of the British Public' What supercilious codswallop! And as for your first and last sentences, again they seem to be quite exagerated and written mainly for effect.
Having just read through your post again (I couldn't believe it the first time I read it) I pick out this gem, "Political correctness inestimably formed the multicultural society that we live in today". Who taught you this rubbish? Just about everything you say in your post is just, well, wrong!