Being PC Is Gay
Political Correctness is where its at. From the media, to the streets, we can’t go a week without someone saying some ignorant statement that gets plastered all over the airwaves. This week its Palin and Emanuel feuding over the term “retard”. By the way… politicians feuding over words are retarded to begin with, but Palin… seriously… just give it up.
First Rahm Emanuel used the term “(blank)ing retards” when talking about other politicians, and Palin (who has a son with Down’s Syndrome) goes in the media to call for Emanuel to step down. OK, so I could see why she’s upset, but here’s where it gets gay. Rush Limbaugh then attacks Palin by agreeing with Rahm Emanuel’s freedom to call people who are stupid “retards”. And I quote, “There is nothing wrong with calling a bunch of retards, retards.” Here’s where Palin messed up. She then said that Rush was ok, because he used it in satire. Now come on Palin, that’s just retarded.
This is what is wrong with political correctness. Who we think can and can’t say it. A gay person can call their gay friend queer, but strait people can’t. A black person can use the “N” word, but I can’t. So if Sarah Palin’s son wants to grow up and call his friend retarded its ok, but we can’t.
Why do we care so much? We don’t like these words used because they usually have implications of disrespect, inferiority, or even hatred toward the group, but I can verbalize just as much hate toward anyone and not use politically incorrect words. Why do they carry so much hate? Who do certain words harbor disrespect? I’ll tell you why.
Because we let them.
Here’s how you get rid of a politically incorrect term. You say them. You let them be said. You embrace it in all its incorrectness. You stop labeling it as incorrect. If people would stop being so upset of these words, then people who are looking to upset you will stop using them.
OK, don’t get me wrong. Saying hateful things is wrong. No one should hate, but any word can be hateful. It shouldn’t matter if a person is being hateful using the “N” word or the “B” word or if he’s being hateful using African America. Its just wrong.
Maybe you have a different point of view. Its ok, but if you think that a word shouldn’t be said because of it underlying meaning then don’t be a hypocrite. No one should say it. Not just one group. Don’t say that a word is derogatory and then think its ok for you to say it with one person, but not another. Or its ok to say it in one context, but not another. That’s just retarded.