Whenever something happens that tries to protect a minority say, or maybe sets out to right a wrong, there’s always a group of people who start yelling “This is bloody PC gone mad!”
And it’s always “gone mad” too. Political correctness never goes “too far” or “insane”, it’s always mad. As though political correctness is a man in a cardigan, sitting in the corner with a pair of googly eyes glued to his forehead, giggling about protecting the rights of the”gravitationally gifted” (fat people) or the “vertically disadvantaged” (dwarves).
And some people buy it. Paul Henry says something offensive, then lefties get up in arms suddenly BOOM! It’s the “PC GONE MAD”brigade. This expression is usually used in conjunction with the misunderstanding that free speech entitles someone to say what they want and then escape the consequences. “PC GONE MAD! Stop stifling his free speech!”.
I used “his” there because it’s usually a male. A male or Cactus Kate.
So what is “PC gone mad”? What do people actually mean by that? Because I genuinely don’t know. Usually when we’re accusing things of being too politically correct, what we mean is that a minority that I’m not a part of is being protected from bigotry in some way. And we’re supposed to resist this? How rude are we?
So many rhetorical questions in one paragraph! It’s RQ gone mad!
It took me a while to find the perfect response to “It’s PC gone mad!”, but I did. If someone levels that accusation then all you need to do is kindly ask them to clearly define what they mean by political correctness. Because there is no definition. And the closest definition you can find is one where, if you’re against it, well you just come off sounding like an asshole.
The anti-PC brigade isn’t as bad as it used to be. I think it reached its nadir when Don Brash was National Party leader and named a Political Correctness Eradicator: Wayne Mapp. Remember Don Brash? Yeah that guy was nearly our Prime Minister. And we nearly had a Political Correctness Eradicator. Stay classy NZ.
Don Brash ended up a failed politician with a series of weird sexual peccadilloes. So don’t come gunning for PC mate, or it’ll fuck you right back (that or mixing with Exclusive Brethren, then lying about it, then running for a failed party that is supported by noted racist John Ansell….yeah it could have been those things).
It’s no surprise that the “PC gone mad” brigade tend to be right wing. I say “tend to” because not all. There’s that special sliver of left wing folk who also are a bit assholey when it comes to minority rights. They’re what Chris Trotter calls the “Waitakere man”. And John Tamihere is pretty much a picture of it. Labour are supposed to be trying to re-recruit the Waitakere Man to their cause. Because they’ve lost their way with their silly urban liberalness. But if that’s their target demographic then I don’t want to be a part of that tribe.
I don’t really have a point with this post. I just wanted to get this off my chest. So thanks for enduring a rant. I’m working on a piece where I argue that we actually don’t have a right to free speech at all. So that one might cause a fuss.