John Cleese from Monty Python said he doesn’t want to perform at universities because they’re ‘offended by everything,’ yet he said that he understands that being 'pc’ is okay when it’s not to mock a group of people who 'can’t take care of themselves.’
George Carlin (now passed) said that 'nobody’s deaf’ but 'hearing impaired’ and no one is 'stupid’ they have a 'learning disorder.’
Aren’t these the same old successful white guys that shouldn’t be talking about political correctness and getting offended? The racial and sexist jokes aren’t being thrown at them so of course, they wouldn’t be offended. Not to mention they’re just whining they can’t make jokes about other races and ‘minority’ groups anymore when in reality those jokes were never funny. They’re taking up arms because this ‘younger’ generation is making them confront their privilege which, I think is a good thing.
This plays into the whole ‘generational gap’ thing we hear all the time. ‘Oh, this generation is so PC, so afraid to offend,’ but isn’t that what the Civil Rights Movements from ‘back then’ have been trying to change all this time? Isn’t that why it’s not okay to call someone a ‘fag’ or ‘slut’ anymore? Isn’t it because we all can take care of ourselves but need those in power to take our needs into consideration too?
If not, then I guess the baby boomer generation was never offended by anything.
23 year old English major and ESL Teacher. Currently living in Fortaleza, Brazil. Feminist and kill joy with a cause.