Wednesday, January 14, 2009

End This PC World Madness

In a front page worthy of a Private Eye cover, the Sun has neatly captured the politically-correct mad world we live in, with Prince Charles and his polo pal trading 'insults'. 

But what is worse, Sooty or Big Ears? As Harry Hill would say, there's only one way to find out.

It's all getting a tad tiresome, kicked off recently by Prince Hal's three year old video comment about his "Paki friend". 

Then some tried and failed to whip up outrage about his comments on "ragheads". Just what are soldiers supposed to call the enemy? "Watch out there's a fundamental Islamist in Afghan ethnic tribal dress, hiding behind that rock about to blow your head off."

It wasn't too long ago when 'ginger' was off limits, until many pointed that they were proud of their dwindling Celtic gene-pool. 

At the moment it seems we are OK with fat, bald, white, working-class trash. And that says it all. 

Don't think for one moment PC world has branches only in the UK. 

Swing over to the US and there's a right row going on over the Alabama 'Trail Maids',  set to take part in Obama's presidential inauguration parade (pictured opposite).

Apparently some feel the Southern Belles, dressed in Gone With The Wind style finery, send out the wrong message in these enlightened times and hark back to the days of plantation slavery. 

The head of the Alabama NAACP wants Mobile’s Azalea Trail Maids to stay home on Inauguration Day, claiming the group reminds him of slavery. County leaders say nothing could be further from the truth, pointing out they don’t see what the dresses have to do with racism. Just a dress they wore back in those days.

There is an insult hiding in there somewhere - but not racial. More an insult to the proud women of the South’s past who ran the plantations while the menfolk were off fighting in the Civil War, now turned into a Disney-style theme park.

But how ridiculous anyway. What gal wouldn't die for a chance to dress up as Scarlet O'Hara and quite a few guys for that matter. 

Not long ago the Sun (again) used this front page picture to pose the question - what do all these people have in common? Sparking righteous indignation at the Guardian. The reveal was that they are all British.

It's a slippery path when political-correct lunatics are let out on the loose. With today’s pseudo-liberal mentality, there comes a time when everyone of all cultures has to tell these people to get a life.

What should be separated out here is the difference between a nickname or costume, which some may well find offensive but others are happy to live alongside and a nasty, hurtful, racist slogan or rant which deliberately sets out to be offensive and stir up hatred.

The latter should be stamped on and stamped out. The former is probably more in the eye of the beholder. 

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