I think the Left should stop being PC. I think we should call things their names. Being easily offended has turned into a business for some these days. We live in an era of fake outrages, political or otherwise. Besides, banning certain words from circulation creates the opposite effect – they gain greater value, albeit in private conversations. Which makes us pretend that we’re PC in public and enjoy dirty jokes in the company of friends. If that’s the goal of political correctness then I say the mission was accomplished. Even in un-PC places like trading floor, where you hear all kinds of fancy variations of ‘Fuck’ and ‘Shit’, you won’t hear ‘Nigger’ and ‘Cunt’(my favorite word). Once I said it, to appropriately describe that crazy woman who crashed her van at the Taconic with 5 kids, while being stoned and drunk and going full speed at the wrong direction. I mean what other words would you use to describe her? My co-workers first froze for a few moments in silence and then giggled a little with some noticeable discomfort. And my boss is hardly PC. Then I made countless Jewish jokes, but those were much more easily tolerated. Let me digress to say a few words about Hebrews. If only everyone had mental health and self-irony of an average Jew, there would be no need for PC. Most Jews can appreciate a joke at Jewish expense and I suspect they even write and distribute it themselves. Majority of Jewish jokes that I receive are sent to me by my Jewish friends. Here’s one for your amusement: Q. How was copper wire invented?
A. Once, two Jews grabbed the same penny…
Let’s talk about blacks.
Consider this picture for example.
It clearly makes fun of black people’s love of fried chicken. I think it’s pretty funny. The same way jokes about the French and their wine/baguettes and Russians and their vodka. Which brings me to jokes about Obama. So far most Obama jokes were along the lines of him being a “nigger” and Michelle looking like a “gorilla”.
To me they have about the same “funny” value as, say, Hillary having fat ankles, with the added effect of making the rightwinger using those terms look like the mean-spirited caveman that he is. I mean, come on, guys, you have to make fun of stereotypical behavior of the specific group. For example, I think it was on Bill Maher, he said that during the meeting between Obama and Queen Elizabeth she kept clutching her purse. That’s funny, because it uses a common stereotype! Come on, conservatives, I know you have a pedestrian sense of humor, but you can do better than that. Just make sure that your jokes make fun of what a black guy does, rather than just the fact that he is a nigger. I hope you got it.
Here’s a clip from one of my favorite movies. Very appropriate I must say. Very present day.
I guess my point is that taking a joke at your expense is a sign of emotional maturity. Many groups are still a long way from that, like Muslims, for instance, who can’t take a joke that simply describes their customary behavior. Or worse, leads some of their more fanatical followers to kill a cartoonist.
Sure, there will always be those who are offended. And let them be. I don’t want to watch my language all the time for fear of offending someone. Do you prefer to spend time with someone who’s uptight and proper or someone who can be candid enough to be a constant source of dirty jokes? Liberals can seize this and become known for their political incorrectness and leave the strait-laced rules and lack of candor to the conservatives. The Right is easily offended nowadays, I guess because they are out of power, and they are masters at creating fake outrages these days, like the tea parties. Sarah Palin famously can’t take a joke about herself. On many occasions she showed she is devoid of any self irony and she gets defensive where there’s no need. Thus bringing even more attention to her insecurities. So liberals, you work is practically being done for you by insecure Right, who, before the Obama era was limited to a shunned urine-soaked Bible-thumping prophet on the street corner, but has now grown to a whole army of these types. All you have to do is sit back, relax and let them make fools of themselves.
As a finishing thought, I never imagined I’ll live to see the Right quoting books on anarchism and calling for civil unrest. What times!