Political Correctness is the bugaboo of many an idiot. It’s a term that’s been thrown around by idiots for a long time in order to raise the creeping concern that somewhere, crafty sneaky liberals were going to make you listen to their opinions! After which, of course, you would be helpless to begin taking bonghits out of a VW van in between patchouli baths and tie-dye parties.
The people who raise the specter of political correctness are comedians. Most recently, it includes comedians Jerry Seinfeld and John Cleese, both of whom I consider to be comedy legends, but both of whom have in these exchanges betrayed themselves as either morons of the highest order, or craven cowards. Dearie me! I told a joke that I knew was offensive to people, and some people were offended! Can someone loan me some pearls? For I must clutch them!
Meanwhile, Deadpool opened to a $132M opening weekend. It was vulgar. It was offensive. It was a superhero movie with a pegging scene. It was also a wonderful, wonderful movie. And I’m glad it was made. And I’m also glad they made it with the R rating and ignored idiots like this schmuck. The results were so good that they’re now talking about giving us a Wolverine that actually uses his claws. Which is awesome.
We’re just a few years away from no one being able to say ‘shit’ on television. It was considered a big fucking deal when Newhart showed a married couple in bed. Lenny Bruce was arrested for doing comedy 50 years ago – and now Seinfeld won’t play campuses because he might hear a couple boos. Psycho was almost censored because it showed a flushing toilet. Now we have the Saw franchise. NWA was arrested when they played ‘Fuck the Police’ in Detroit. Today, law enforcement wouldn’t bat an eye at that concert. Back in the day, Elvis Presley got in trouble for pelvic thrusting. MTV is pretty much filled with the thrusting of pelvises – and so much more – well, in those rare instances they still show music videos.
Today, countless comedians dare to tackle ‘politically correct’ topics, such as Louis CK discussing why some words are considered bad. Or Sarah Silverman, who makes rape jokes a core part of her act. I’m sure that some people are offended by their acts. Or Amy Schumer’s whole slut schtick. Or, um, a lot of the Chapelle Show or Chris Rock’s standup act. The trick is to not care.
I grew up listening to and loving Sam Kinison, Bill Hicks and Denis Leary. My friends also listened to Andrew Dice Clay – I didn’t care for him, but man did he sell a lot of CDs in my dorm. At no point did these guys think ‘no one should be offended by my humor’. Hell, they REVELLED in pushing those boundaries. If no one was offended, they would have thought they were doing it wrong.
Cut to the real world, modern day. GTA V is the top video game ever made, not just in sales but in critical approval. South Park and It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia still command solid audiences for saying ‘fuck you’ to anyone offended by what they have to say. The Game of Thrones gives no shits that a segment of their population wishes it was a little less of a rape-a-thon. And Deadpool. Fucking glorious Deadpool. Clearly, content creators who don’t want to toe the line of political correctness are doing whatever the fuck they want to do as artists, and are reaping huge benefits from it if they do it well.
But people are going to get the vapors because they posted something they knew was offensive to some on a message board, and some people were offended? The truth is not that political correctness is problem – it’s not. The truth is that these people are just as thin-skinned as the SJW demons they have imagined in their heads.