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Political Incorrectness - NO WAY
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Political Correctness VS Freedom of Speech
Some people argue that Political Correctness restricts freedom of speech. It is an hindrance and a piece of Ducktape that doesn't allow you to say what you want. They feel Political Correctness as a threat to their opinion. It strikes me though that it's most of the times the people who uses one-liners to make their statement who are against political correctness.
In many countries you have freedom of speech, you can even say that every Christian is a child abuser, every Muslim a terrorist and every Jew a member of the New World Order. But why would you spread those obvious lies?
Pollitical Incorrectness has a copple of side effects that are dangerous, more dangerous then the side effects of being political correct.
Having fun with Religions.
Political Correctness and me.
So where do I stand ? Can I say everything I want, is it wise to say everything I want ? Is it hypocritical not to say everything I think ?
No, no and no. I think it's always a good idea to think before you start to speak. Think about the truth and consequences. To say all Muslims are terrorists is a lie and has a scapegoat effect, To say all Christians are pedophiles is a lie too.
Political Correctness is an essential ingredient for a healthy society. Politicians, sportsmen,pop and movie stars especially have the obligation to think before they speak. Fame comes with a price and the price is that the news writes down every word you say. And the news has an huge impact on the society as a whole. The media loves oneliners though and is easily seduced by political incorrectness. The more the media is populist, the more political incorrect it wants to be. FOX News is a master in supporting political incorrectness.
I'm not famous, so if I say something in the pub about a Jewish conspiracy to take over the world, the words have little consequences, or do they ? Yes they do, the evil whisper has the tendency to corrupt slowly the minds of those who do not think for themselves. A small lie can sometimes be more damaging then a big one.
The strange thing with Political Correctness is that as soon as you say political incorrect things about political incorrect supporters. Like comparing Trump with Hitler, they will shout and say that I can not do such a thing. Aperently Political Correctness is only going one way.
Hitler vs Trump
The dangers of political incorrectness.
Around the year 2000 something happened in my country, the Netherlands. A change was coming, A charismatic leader stood up. Pim Fortuyn. He started his own party and had as a slogan "I say what I think, and what I think I do." This was a new way of having a debate, Pim Fortuyn threw Political Correctness out of the window and compared ministers with Osama Bin Laden. He called the Islam a backwards culture and shouted the same things as Donald Tromp. He used the Moroccan people as scapegoats. An old trick to get more votes. Hitler blamed the Jews, Pim Fortuyn the Islam and Trump does the same.
He was killed during his election campaign, still his legacy lives on. Holland is not the liberal and social open country anymore. If there where elections today, the extreme right would win. The legacy of Pim Fortuyn.
But the legacy of Fortuyn and Political Incorrectness is greater. The society changed. People became harder, called each other by names. Racism became open and again Moroccans where openly stigmatized as the problem of Holland ('where have we heard this rhetoric before..) on the radio and tv.
But small things changed as well. People became in general more aggressive in their attitude, less helpful and more egocentric. In the newspapers more and more oneliners where written. And these oneliners became common phrases in the Dutch language and politics.
Oneliners, is something that extreme (left or right) love. It's simple, complex problems can be solved in a sentence of 5 words. The Jews are the problem, or the Muslims are the problem, or the immigrants are the problem..And funny enough, these one-line speaking people always have a simple solution. Bomb them, kill them, throw them out.
Political Incorrectness is far more dangerous then Political correctness. It has the tendency to say things simple. And as George Carlin once said "Simple solutions is for the simple minded".
Are you in favor of Political Correctness or not
Political Incorrectness and Humor.
As you noticed I used a couple of humoristic but perhaps insulting pictures. The question is, are they political incorrect or not. To me, as an artists, art can be as rude as it needs to be. To me a standup comedian can be incredible political incorrect, and should in a way. The artist is above the law, like the jester is above the king. A joker can make fun of the king, but the king can not make fun of the fool.
As a writer, a stand up comedian, a comic artist or an visual artist you can criticize and if needs be use political incorrect language. The artist is the person who stirs up conservative points of view. He criticizes both left and right wing ideas. And so yes, he/she is entitled to use political incorrect statements but all within a chosen context.
Yes it's all about context, a politician is not a standup comedian (although sometimes you think he/she is) and for a politician to use political incorrect language is not his role. His role is to lead a country, to make consensus. To be there for all citizens, poor rich, black white, hetero or homosexual, and all the religions under the rainbow. A politician can not pick and choose, he can not use a scapegoat for his own good. Politicians who use scapegoats, blame the minority for the problems of the country, those politicians are dangerous and to be feared.