Are you as sick to death of the politically correct bullcrap that has taken over every level of our society as I am?
We have gotten so twisted and turned around in our never ending quest not to offend anybody, in any way that, frankly, it offends me. Now that’s double-speak for you, isn’t it? Maybe I should run for an elected office!
But its true. these days nobody seems to be able to get through a day without finding some reason to feel slighted, and even if they don’t, you can bet your life that some do gooder will take it upon themselves to feel offended for them! Whatever happened to the day when we all had broad shoulders and just a little bit of a sense of humor?
Two cases in the news this week bring this home to me. The first is that of decorated Naval officer Captain Owen Honors, who was relieved of his command because he made and broadcast comedy videos to his crew that reportedly included simulated masturbation, sexual innuendo, and gay slurs. The Navy’s decision basically is an end to Captain Honors’ career.
While Naval higher ups have criticized Captain Honors’ lack of judgment and are questioning his character, I find it interesting that the only members of his crew that have been heard from have all spoken out in support of the former commander. Several current and former sailors who served under Captain Honors and who saw the videos all praised him for his professionalism, and said that the videos helped to boost the crew’s morale.
Okay, I get it. Sex is a no no. We all have to pretend that we just have smooth skin between our waists and knees, with no orifices or external parts. We can’t bash gay people. But what did Captain Honors’ videos show that you won’t see on the Tonight Show, Saturday Night Live, or a lot of other late night network television, not to mention cable and satellite programming? Are his actions anywhere near as bad as some of the sexual hijinks we’ve seen come out of our nation’s capital over the years. Is it really worth losing a dedicated career officer because somebody might have been offended? I really don’t think so.
Let’s consider Captain Honors’ audience, and the circumstances they served together in. Young people in a battle zone. People in places like that, at times like that, often use humor to relieve stress. And a lot of that humor is not exactly politically correct. Knock-knock jokes just won’t do it for them. If you don’t believe me, get to know a cop, a nurse, or a firefighter someday.
I’m a short, fat guy. So what? It gives me a lot of raw material to poke fun at myself. I have gay friends. I have handicapped friends. They usually know and happily tell some of the raunchiest jokes I’ve ever heard, and they appreciate a good joke too, even at their expense. The ability to laugh at oneself is an important part of having a healthy self-image.
The second case that I find absolutely silly is the decision to revise Mark Twain’s old classic The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn to replace the term nigger with slave, and to change the name of the character Injun Joe to something less offensive.
I wonder if the airheads who find this book offensive ever actually read it. An important message to be found in the book is when young Huck learns that Jim, a slave, has feelings too, and that a trick he played on him was hurtful. Huck is contrite and learns that all people are the same, no matter what their station in life, or what people call them. It’s a lesson we all need to be reminded of from time to time.
But if we are going to censor anything using that terrible “N” word, shouldn’t we also go after rap music? You’ll hear the “N’ word there more often than you will on the jukebox in any southern redneck honky tonk. And while we’re attacking racist words in old books, will we be removing the term “blue eyed devils” from the Autobiography of Malcolm X?
I am just as offended by real attacks on any human being, due to their race, religion, sexual orientation, or anything else. However, we have to use a little common sense too. Or, as my daughter would say, we have to put on our big girl panties and deal with it. Okay, the fat guy is going to climb down off his soapbox and waddle into the kitchen for some milk and cookies.
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