Are you too politically correct for your own good?
Do you allow room in your space for those who disagree with you?
Do you ever call co-workers or the person you hear on the radio or see on TV stupid because you disagree with them or because they don’t hold your same opinion about an issue?
If so, then you might be too politically correct for your own good, for society’s good.
It’s so much of a problem lately that even comedians, the most outspoken people on the planet, like Chris Rock are complaining about it.
And just the other night on Seth Meyer’s show comedian Jerry Seinfeld said quote, “There’s a creepy PC thing out there that really bothers me.”
A few days before that he said this on ESPN:
Interviewer: “I talked to Chris Rock and Larry the Cable Guy. They don’t even want to do college campuses anymore.
Seinfeld: “I hear that all the time,” Seinfeld said. “I don’t play colleges, but I hear a lot of people tell me, ‘Don’t go near colleges. They’re so PC.’ I’ll give you an example: My daughter’s 14. My wife says to her, ‘Well, you know, in the next couple years, I think maybe you’re going to want to be hanging around the city more on the weekends, so you can see boys.’ You know what my daughter says? She says, ‘That’s sexist.’ They just want to use these words: ‘That’s racist’; ‘That’s sexist’; ‘That’s prejudice.’ They don’t know what they’re talking about.”
Comedian Colin Quinn responded last night on my show on CNN.
Lemon – “You think he’s right?”
Quinn – “It’s been like that for 20 years. Yeah he’s right. It’s been like that since the 90’s where they just keep getting more and more rigid where now it’s become more of a thing where people are like I felt personally violated. And you can’t really tell someone no you didn’t feel that way.”
And as far as the PC police when it comes to stories in the news about racial issues Quinn said this:
Quinn – “It’s almost a form of racial, you know, It’s kind of like pandering in a weird way.”
Lemon – “No it’s not in a weird way. It is pandering. You don’t learn anything.”
Quinn – “And you say you can’t talk about people like that they can’t take it.”
Here’s my take; political correctness has become dangerous.
We have to stop looking for reasons to be offended.
We have to allow people leeway to make mistakes in conversations without calling them racist, bigots, stupid, dumb, sell outs and on and on.
Not everyone is going to or do they have to agree with you.
In fact, it’s better when people don’t agree with you.
That’s how we learn.
After almost 25 years in the news business, you know who is the most easily offended and the least tolerant; Liberals and progressive – because many of them don’t really want to hear anyone else’s opinion but their own.
Here’s a tip, if you only agree with people who hold your same political affiliation or who are of your particular race, gender or ethnicity, you are part of the political correctness run amuck problem.
You are actually thwarting progress instead of advancing.