Political Correctness is, by definition, is the avoidance of forms of expression or action that are perceived to exclude, marginalize, or insult groups of people who are socially disadvantaged or discriminated against. It’s shown to us as a good thing, an idea and practice that stops others from being offended. However, there is one big problem with this idea and practice – it forces others to be silent if their ideas to not match that of the ones being offended, and if we tell people that it’s not OK for them to share certain thoughts and feelings, what happens to those thoughts and feelings? They don’t just go away. They don’t disappear simply because social norms make it verboten to give voice to them. All they end up doing, is suppressing their own thoughts in order to avoid the social norm calling them racist, sexist, anti-semitic, a nazi sympathiser, and even as bad as a rape sympathiser. This is the massive downside of the PC culture that has come about in todays age, and its effects can be seen in our everyday life.
Political Correctness has no set boundaries as to what can be offensive. While this may come across as good to most of you because it encourages more respect between different groups, it is also super dangerous, as it means that quite literally anything can be offensive, and then can be used against the person who has spoken their mind. Most of the time what they say isn’t actually offensive at all, yet somehow people still find a way to make it offensive. As an example, lets say that I had a pack of crayons. Each of the crayons has creative names, and one in particular is called “Spooky Black”. If someone were to come along and say that the name of this crayon was implying that black people were scary, and a small group of people started agreeing, then suddenly this crayon would become a lot more offensive, due to the fact that a lot of other people wouldn’t want to speak out against this vocal minority, as they would be labelled racist. Worst case scenario, the company could face a lot of hate, and perhaps even a formal apology for creating a racist crayon. But yet, they hadn’t done that all, and the spooky part of the name was referring to how scary the dark can be to little children, and that black is usually associated with spooky things. Another example is comedy. Comedy is getting attacked more and more and the comedians that use politically incorrect humour are paying massive prices as many people come along and suddenly find themselves offended by a joke, and then demand an apology from them for being offended. Bill Burr, a famous politically incorrect comedian, in an interview once stated that “Everything’s funny, and the shit comes around to them and then all of a sudden, they stop saying its jokes and start saying it’s statements. And the comedian immediately has to go into apology mode, and all of a sudden, they are parading around like they got a fair trophy off the guy“. People take offence way too easily and it hurts a lot of free thought. Another famous politically incorrect comedian, Steve Hughes, was doing a piece about people being offended. He said that “Political Correctness is the oppression of our intellectual movement so nobody says anything in case they get offended…well what happens if you say that and someone gets offended? Well, they can be offended! What’s wrong with being offended? When did sticks and stones may break my bones stop being relevant? You teach it to kids for god’s sakes! “Dad, he called me an idiot”, “Don’t worry about it, he’s a dick, alright?” Nothing happens when you get offended and yet people want to make laws about this shit? Being offended is subjective. It has everything to do with you as an individual, or a collective, or a group, or a society, or a community, your moral conditioning, your religion, what offends me may not offend you, and yet you want to make laws about this?”.