Posts Tagged 'political correctness'

Cryptoquote Spoiler – 01/29/16

English: John Lennon

English: John Lennon (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

I used to think the only use for sports was to give small boys something else to kick besides me.”   —   Katharine Whitehorn

(Wow!  Humorous, but also a little dark.  I know it’s not “politically correct”, but to a – hopefully – much lesser extent, the words of John Lennon still ring true, in too much of the world:  Woman is the nigger of the world.  Can you imagine if someone were to try and come out with a song like this today?  I, personally, believe that banning language is both childish and counter-productive.  It’s like putting a band-aid over an infected wound.  It might look a little better, to the untrained eye, but it’s just a cover up.  The wound still festers.  If/When people can’t use “The N-Word” – F-ing ridiculous – they just come up with alternative slurs, like thug.  When you really think about it, any word can be turned into invective, by simply using inflection.  Just listen to the corporate media, especially our friends at Fox News.  Instead of wasting everybody’s time, banning “offensive” words, we should be addressing the irrational fears, hatred and general ignorance that causes people to lash out at people who are different from them.  It’s only through knowledge and understanding that we will ever get past the primal urge to dehumanize the “other guy”.  Some people will argue that banning certain words is just the first step, but I see it much more as a slippery slope.  It’s a very scary form of censorship.  And censorship is anathema to a free society.  Be well and do good, friends.)   —   YUR

PS.  Zemanta did provide some lovely pictures of Ms. Whitehorn, but unfortunately they are all “owned” by Getty Images.  As stated many many times, I won’t give in to their BS.   —   YUR

SNL – Paterson Skit

I think that all the offended parties need to take a step back from the political correctness all-you-can-whine buffet, and just chill out. I thought Fred Armisen’s impression of David Paterson was spot on, and the whole thing was hilarious! Especially, when the “Governor” inadvertently interrupted Amy Poehler’s heartfelt farewell address! Priceless! (So, sue me!)

Of course, I knew in an instant that it was going to generate complaints, but I really didn’t expect them to come from David Paterson himself. He has such a reputation for being witty and having a great sense of humor – which is one of the reasons why I like him – that I thought he’d take it more in stride. And, I think that reputation was exactly why SNL decided to go with it. They wouldn’t have made fun of just any blind politician. They thought he’d be cool with it.

Maybe he was under pressure by groups like the American Foundation for the Blind to denounce it. I don’t know. Maybe he just wanted to make sure that it didn’t become a recurring bit, because Armisen’s impression of him was right up their with his Barack Obama, and Darryl Hammond’s Bill Clinton and Dick Cheney. Far better than Bill Hader’s Eliot Spitzer. (Sorry, Bill.)

We all know that David Paterson is a highly intelligent and a gifted politician, who has overcome his disability through courage and determination. His being the first visually impaired, and first African-American governor of New York, who was thrust into the position as a result of sex scandal, has made him a bit of a media novelty. The media covers him far more than they did Spitzer . . . pre-scandal, at least. Considering all of New York’s problems his work ahead of him is a very daunting task. He’s going to have to call upon that sense of humor on a fairly regular basis. A Saturday Night Live skit, at his expense (not at all bind/disabled people’s), should be the least of worries.

Governor Paterson needs to remember these two quotations:

“Imitation is the sincerest of flattery” — Charles Caleb Colton (1780 – 1832)

“There is no such thing as bad publicity except your own obituary.” — Bredan Behan (1923 – 1964)

Everyone else should remember that life is too short to bitch and moan about every perceived slight. A totally “PC” world would be a very sad world, indeed.


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