I think I’ve made myself pretty clear about my disdain for people who are overly politically correct. While I get the need to be sensitive towards some issues, it’s gotten to a point where I feel like sometimes people can’t say anything anymore without it offending someone. Which I always find funny in a country like the United States where both liberals and conservatives go on and on about freedom of speech – yet both sides will often throw a fit when anybody says anything that they disagree with or find offensive.
Heck, it’s getting to the point where people can’t even say jokes anymore without the PC police throwing a hissy fit about it.
Take for instance the movement that sprang up last week by some on Twitter seeking the cancellation of The Colbert Report following an “offensive” tweet posted on the Comedy Central page for the show.
The tweet read:
“I am willing to show #Asian community I care by introducing the Ching-Chong Ding-Dong Foundation for Sensitivity to Orientals or Whatever.”
Now anyone who’s ever watched The Colbert Report knows that Stephen Colbert’s character on the show is essentially 100% satire. This tweet was a satirical response to Dan Snyder’s new foundation called the Washington Redskins Original Americans foundation. The basic point being that the term “redskin” is deemed racist towards Native Americans by some so it’s ridiculous that Snyder would start a foundation for Native Americans – with the offensive name being included.
This spurred the “#CancelColbert” movement that briefly swept across the Internet and mainstream media.
Well, Colbert responded to these people last night by first pointing out that the tweet wasn’t sent out by him, because he doesn’t have any control over Comedy Central’s Twitter account for the show. He then went on to mock the coverage this “story” had received from several blogs and even the mainstream media.
Colbert then hammered people on Twitter who overreacted to this situation by saying he was, “shutting down the worldwide operations of the Ching-Chong Ding-Dong Foundation for Sensitivity to Orientals or Whatever” and donating all proceeds to Dan Snyder’s Washington Redskins Original Americans foundation “which Twitter seems to be fine with, because I haven’t seen shit about that.”
I just think the people who were actually offended by this need to lighten up a bit. The entire tweet was meant to mock Snyder’s foundation by using offensive language in a fake foundation to show how ridiculous it is that Snyder created a foundation for Native Americans that includes a name many of them find highly offensive.
Then when you factor in the reality that Colbert was called a racist by some of these people, even though he had nothing to do with the tweet, it shows how quickly some people respond to situations with a knee-jerk emotional reaction without really knowing what the hell they’re talking about.
I believe these people clearly overreacted and I think Colbert’s response was spot-on.