Has Political Correctness Killed Our Freedom Of Speech?

by
Sameera Ehteram
The picture above is undoubtedly hilarious, but it is also politically incorrect and can offend many people.

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It is the same case with these:

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Whether we laugh or smile at these images, it is with guilt. Why? Just in case we may be offending someone.

The general perception is that anyone who appreciates such humor is either racist, sexist or a homophobe.

Political correctness has reached a point where people must constantly remain on their toes. A slip of the tongue or jokes that can be taken the wrong way will not be tolerated.

Blackboards in school have become "chalkboards" to avoid offending black people.  All of a sudden, every show or movie (not to mention company website and college brochure) needs to have a mix cast with a kosher (oops is that the right use of the word here?) blend of skin colors.  

Speaking of skin colors, Crayola recently took some serious heat for naming one of their lighter crayons ‘skin colored’.

From art, education and language to literature – everything is affected.  

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In certain cases, exercising caution can lead educational institutes to paint an untrue picture. For example, despite the fact that many American Indians have long braids and live in reservations or rural areas, US schools cannot depict them that way.

Offensive and demoralizing language is wrong, but there is no denying that political correctness has been taken a step too far.

The obsession with being politically correct (or "PC") has become a huge problem. One can’t get away with saying something silly or even innocent without being accused of racism or sexism. If you’re not careful, there’s a lawsuit waiting for you just around the corner. The most recent case that came into the public eye was the furor that comedian Stephen Colbert had to face when his show The Colbert Report’s official account tweeted a seemingly distasteful joke about Asian community stereotypes.

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The result was a phenomenal uproar and the hash-tag#CancelColbert caught on like wildfire.

Can’t one be funny anymore without stepping on someone’s toes? Stephen Colbert is known for his satire and if one has to be ‘politically correct’ even while penning satire,  humor as we know it is doomed. Recommended: Cancel The Colbert Report? Has Satire Been Mistaken For Racism?

Suzzane Moore, an award-winning columnist for the Guardian almost got hacked when she wrote, “When I say "women", I don't much care if you were born or became one. I am with RuPaul: "Honey, we are born naked, the rest is drag." What I do care about is something that is deeply old-fashioned: solidarity. I may not be your color or your culture, or share your sexual preferences, but open your eyes to what we need to do. This is not some glitch in the uber-sexual matrix; this government makes Thatcher look like Shirley Williams. The boot is in your face if you are not one of them.”

Ah…. What’s wrong there? It’s a person’s opinion that is not even hateful towards someone.

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Last year, ELLE France beauty editor Jeanne Deroo posted a picture of herself sporting an Afro and wearing blackface (a form of theatrical makeup used to create a stereotyped caricature of a black person) on Instagram. Needless to say, it created quite a controversy.

With the moral police out in full force these days, one wrong word and:

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Read More: Are We Making Too Much Of Elle's Editor's Blackface Controversy?

Yes, there are certain boundaries between being funny and offensive which cannot be crossed, but when they are extended almost every day, it is freedom of expression which suffers the most.

Come Halloween, if you dare to put on an afro wig, or a kimono, or paint yourself any other color than your own skin, be prepared for the consequences.

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