Counter-culture Journals (文革)

Counter-culture Journals (文革)

Saturday, April 07, 2007

Fuck political correctness

When the term "political correctness" first came out, I thought it was a right-wing conspiracy to attack everyone on the left, by making up a movement that really didn't exist so Right-winger could attack any one who gets the upper hand on their arguments.

It may have started that way, but the right-wingers have lost their monopoly on hating political correctness. At first it was a group of racist who said they had the right do debate race issues. But now, it's become a struggle for anyone who wants to question a policy from drunk driving laws to questioning the dropping of the atomic bombs on Japan during World War II. It turns out there are a dozen no no's that are not to be discust or laughed about on both the left and the right.

Once Lenny Bruce made a joke about kids sniffing airplane glue on The Steve Allen Show, about the late 1950s. That kind of humor would never be allowed on today's TV. Roseanne Barr wanted to make a US version of the British comedy "Absolutely Fabulous," a sitcom where two women in their late thirties spend all day drunk and stoned. The daughter of one of the women plays the straight roll. But there was no way to sanitize such a show for politically correct US TV. There are too many topics today that are just not politically correct. For instance, jokes about drinking are fewer and fewer, not like the old Jackie Gleason show or Otis on The Andy Griffith Show, where he gets drunk every Saturday night.

Pot jokes are out. And drugs are not the only thing that Americans don't believe in joking about. People were offended by my first Pol Pot Myspace site. I had some satirical pop art and I actually tried to explain the humor so some moron who thought it was meant to glorifying Pol Pot.

Of course I got two more complaints, all white folks who went there and "saw the damage done" by this man and I was insulting the Cambodian people. I actually had Cambodians on the friends list. So it was nosy Americans, mostly, who felt my site was offensive and managed to get it closed. So much for freedom of speech.

There's a lot a things we Americans can't joke about anymore. Certain political figures can't be touched. The flag is a sacred symbol that may have a constitutional protection in the future and after that, who knows what subjects will be protected from criticism by the very constitution that gave us the first amendment of free religion and free speech.

Frank Zappa, defending rock music lyrics, once pointed out that labeling or limiting what people can sing about is basically saying that ideas alone are dangerous. Jerry Ruben once joked that you can yell theater in a crowded fire. Lately I'd like to yell fire in a crowded theater.

Yes, I'm sick of a politically correct society where we can't joke about drugs, alcohol or Pol Pot. I even feel for those who want to discuss Hitler. After all, he didn't kill 6 million Jews. That number is a rounded off estimate. That he killed Jews is a fact. The exact number has never been determined and since many Jews disappeared without leaving behind a trace, it may not be possible to get an exact figure. Even stating this could get people angry as if I'm anti-Semitic. But the Anti-Defamation League, the so called "defender of Jews" is presently going after a man, David Vaughan Icke, who believes the world is partially run buy six foot lizards. Members of the Anti-Defamation League are convinced he really means Jews. It would seem that they are both this Crazy. Of course I could be accused of being anti-Semitic for opposing the Anti-Defamation League.

Monitor lizards can get 6 feet or longer. They are intelligent, but I don't think they're ready to run the world of humans quite yet.

So to all of this I say FUCK POLITICAL CORRECTNESS. If you don't like what I have to say, you don't have to listen and I will kindly let you know that I think you should go off and fuck yourself.

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