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Freddy Woo writes: "I once worked on an animation to help highlight the issues homeless people face in winter. The client was happy with the work, then a note came back that the ethnic mix of the characters were wrong. These were cartoon characters. They weren't meant to be ethnically anything, but we were forced to make one of them brown, at the cost of about 10k to the charity. This is how your donations are spent. Wisely as you can see."

How has PC affected you? (Please add your own tales - not five-year-old news stories cut-and-pasted from other websites)

(, Thu 22 Nov 2007, 10:20)
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has been removed from the english language, even though its a beautiful word
(, Thu 22 Nov 2007, 13:28, 5 replies)
Pantomime season
I'm taking the kids to see Snow Caucasian and the Seven Vertically Challenged People.
Vertically Challenged Person with sleep deprivation (Sleepy)
Vertically Challenged Person with Upper Respiratory Ailment (Sneezy)
Vertically Challenged Person Needing Anger Management (Grumpy)
Vertically Challenged Person with Substance Abuse Problem (Dopey)
Vertically Challenged Person with Security Issues(Bashful)
Vertically Challenged Person on Prozac (Happy)
and Vertically Challenged Person with a medical degree (Doc).
(, Thu 22 Nov 2007, 13:27, 2 replies)
The World's Unfunniest Rag Mag
I once edited a Rag Mag. This consisted of going to the Printers in Manchester, and selecting jokes out of a big folder, which would then be pasted up.

I say I edited it, because, unbeknownst to me, it was re-edited behind my back to be more "Politically Correct" by a Student Union Officer (Read:Politically-Oriented Stooge). All references which were politically incorrect were removed and substituted, rapidly leaving the Magazine looking like the infamous "politically correct joke" - "Several ethnic minorities walk into a non-racist, non-genderist entertainment centre, and have a good time" - except they weren't even as funny as that.

They left my name on it, though, didn't they? Fascists.
(, Thu 22 Nov 2007, 13:24, Reply)
When the new age discrimination laws came in recently, my firm made pay the higher rate of 7.5% contribution to the pension fund instead of the lower rate employees under 35 previously paid. The firm cited age discrimination rules for this blatant excuse for milking the younger staff to top up the fund that the older staff had historically been underpaying into.

Who's being discriminated against there? The younger staff for er, being young! Not so much PC gone mad as a load of bullshit to mask a shortfall.
(, Thu 22 Nov 2007, 13:23, Reply)
Tom & Jerry can't even escape it....
I was saddend to hear some time ago that kids won't be able to see all the full Tom & Jerry episodes any more. Why?

Because some arsey parent complained that there was smoking in it and it wasn't a good example to be setting for kids. So now apparently all the smoking scenes are being edited out for tv viewing.

Fucking idiots. I grew up with Tom & Jerry watching them smoke and I don't smoke, I don't see the problem, maybe if they were better parents it might not happen.

(, Thu 22 Nov 2007, 13:23, 6 replies)
Raspberry Rippled
Our office - spurred on by a huge-bosomed middle-aged woman used to collect huge wads of money for a well-known handicapped kids' charity.

For a bit of a laugh, the more cynical amongst us invented a decidedly un-PC name for our little group based on the common term of cockney rhyming slang for the youngsters we were helping.

This was all well and good as a bit of a private joke between us, right up to the moment that our chief executive told us he was so impressed with the twelve hundred quid we had raised that he had arranged a grand presentation in front of the local press, TV and a sprinkling of second division footballers.

"What's the name of your club?" asked the girl with the microphone of our silver-haired organiser.

"We're the Raspberry Ripples" she boomed, beaming with pride.

Sadly, the ground completely failed to open and swallow us up, and we were caught - literally in full glare of the spotlight - as the heartless, uncaring cruel bastards that we were.

Only the second division footballer laughed.
(, Thu 22 Nov 2007, 13:21, 3 replies)
Christmas ones
A place in australia (according to my Yahoo news emails) has banned Santas from going Ho ho ho becasue "it is offensive to women". Nooo...its advertising prostitution.


P.S Its true up the nooo bit
(, Thu 22 Nov 2007, 13:19, Reply)
I used to work for a well known swedish clothing company up until last year and we got hammered for having the larger sizes of clothes (size 16 upwards, xxl to xxxxl) away from the more common sizes which where/are on the ground floor, the larger sizes where/are on the first floor.
Some lazy fucker complained to all the alleged right channels that they had to walk upstairs and we got bollocked for making them walk further to get what they wanted, now to a point I can understand I guess but to to make matters worse we didnt have a staircase we only had a lift and two escaltors so its not as though they had to exert themselves that much to get up stairs, it was either a case of one step or one step and push a button.
(, Thu 22 Nov 2007, 13:17, 5 replies)
Me I'm a black guy currently living in central Leeds, as black as the ace of spades okay not quite that black but still anyways I digress.
After a long day at work was in the pub one evening having a quick pint pissing about on my psp and generally minding my own business, had to share a table with 3 other people as the pub was quite full.
Some random woman just walks up to me and asks if I'm alright, I reply "Yeah I'm fine". She replies "Oh! because you look left out.". I look at her blankly and carry on gaming in the hope that she'd piss off.
But no, she asks me "If i'd been in the country long?". To which I answer "Yeah, 29 years". Bearing in mind I have a ridiculosly strong London accent having been born and bred there.
She then proceeds to tell me about this racial intergration course been sent on by her company and how it's nice to see people of my sort in the community.
Queue looks of disbelief from the other people
on the table and me trying my hardness not to piss myself with laughter and rip into her. I looked up and told her "Thanks kindly for your concern". She then went off back to her table and proceed to start weeping at which point i couldn't help but laugh.

On another point, I got in trouble at school when questioning why the teacher refered to a blackboard as a chalkboard. It's black it's a board that's what it is. it's a blackboard ffs.

The world has truly gone mad.
(, Thu 22 Nov 2007, 13:15, 12 replies)
What is up with this country?
I was recently sentanced to life inprisonment for my part in the mindless & brutal slaying of an entire pakastani family in a so called 'racist attack'!
Now i'm not racist, I simply have an irrational hatrid of all other cultures...

Political correctness gone mad.
(, Thu 22 Nov 2007, 13:15, Reply)
I once had to give a statement to a police officer about a pair of miscreants I saw nicking alloy wheels from a car outside my flat (welcome to Birmingham).

Oh how she squirmed when asking me "How black?" these lads were, desperately trying not to say something non-PC. "Where they like black black or er like, pale brown er black, oh er do you know what I mean?", "Yes I do" I replied sniggering.
(, Thu 22 Nov 2007, 13:15, 9 replies)
Job Centre - part 2
Job Centre part 1 was motivated by a vague memory of a story in which a person was told that they could not advertise a job requiring a sunny disposition because it discriminates against the miserable. Or something. I can't find the exact story, so if someone could enlighten me, that'd be lovely.

Anyway: while searching, I did manage to find this on PersonnelToday.com: "[A] requirement for 'a cheerful and sunny disposition' may exclude candidates suffering from depression or other mental illnesses" - see www.personneltoday.com/articles/2007/01/09/38776/legal-quiz-recruitment-advertising.html for the full, brain-spazzing idiocy.
(, Thu 22 Nov 2007, 13:14, 3 replies)
Not in the slightest
Oh wait, one thing. I'm not allowed to tell the white, male, 40+ sense-of-entitlement-gone-batshit fucksticks who call our office absolutely OUTRAGED that they have to pay a fine for doing 150kmh in a school zone that they can drop into our offices any time and suck the cock that is formed by the dreadlocks in my munificent pubic hair. "Please put all complaints in writing, *sir*"...
(, Thu 22 Nov 2007, 13:12, 1 reply)
I worked in a school last year, and attended various staff meetings about acceptable terms. 'Brain Storm' is now unacceptable because it may cause offense to those prone to epilepsy, so we now use 'Mind Map'.

I asked a year 10 student who suffered from epilepsy what they thought about this and he said "It's more offensive that whoever writes this crap thinks that epileptics would get offended by 'brain storm' in the first place!...what the fuck is a 'mind map' anyway!?"
(, Thu 22 Nov 2007, 13:12, 3 replies)
Political Correctness is the language of cowards!
I can stand certain levels of PC behaviour, it makes for a better environment to work in but I knew it had gone too far when I came across this little tid bit at work in the staff manual...

Disabled persons are now to be reffered to as Differently Abled.


I was lucky enough to have some disabled friends who would come in past work from time to time and I asked tham about it. They were more offended by being called Differently Abled. They all went off on a rant (different people at different times all doing the same thing is great) about how some tight arse down south thinks something is wrong when it clearly isn't and tries to fix it the wrong way (by trying in the first place) and all of them said exactly the same thing when I asked who they thought was responsible.

The Conservitive Party.

I don't know how or why but I agree with them, although I have no evidence as of yet.
(, Thu 22 Nov 2007, 13:11, 3 replies)
Job Centre - part 1
This, from the BBC, in 2000:
Disabled charities and a government minister have criticised a job centre which banned an advert for a "hardworking and enthusiastic trainee" on the grounds it was discriminatory.
Businessmen Jason Pitt and Bill Wood were told by a job centre in Walsall, West Midlands they could not use the phrase because it could exclude disabled jobseekers.

No - really: see news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/uk/781058.stm
(, Thu 22 Nov 2007, 13:10, 2 replies)
First page, I suppose....

I turn my back for two minutes...
(, Thu 22 Nov 2007, 13:10, 3 replies)
Never forget......
just because someone is a member of a different ethnic group to you doesn't mean they're not also a nasty little toe-rag / thieving scumbag / drunken swine / spouse beating arse / insert ethnic stereotype here.
(, Thu 22 Nov 2007, 13:10, Reply)
PC is bullshit.
A friend of mine was hired to take down a dead tree in downtown Richmond. As he was doing so, a group of college girls stood on a nearby (wooden) balcony and screamed, "Tree murderer!"

Idealism run amok is always a Very Bad Thing, and PC is a great example of this. For instance- remember Dr. Watson, the geneticist who was forced to retire when he said that IQ testing in fact showed differences between the races in intelligence? Well, more than a few have stood behind Dr. Watson, as well they should: www.slate.com/id/2178122/entry/0/

Jerry Pournelle's commentary on this is well worth attention:

There is more at stake than first appears. The whole notion of education requires an understanding of what techniques work best with what people. Sorting people by race is unacceptable (and we thought the 14th Amendment made it unconstitutional, but apparently not so); but if we sort by IQ, we will get significant differences in the members of each race in each group. The high IQ groups will have proportionally higher numbers of Ashkenazi Jews, Orientals, and Caucasians (roughly in the order) and proportionally lower numbers of blacks.

No one who has given an hour's thought to the subject suspects that the same education techniques that work well with IQ 110 and above will work well (or indeed at all) with IQ 90 and below. It is not that the IQ 90 and below cannot be educated. They can be. But they will learn less from formal education in techniques of abstract reasoning than the higher IQ group, and there is not one thing you can do about it. They can both learn to read; but what they ought to read differs.

On the other hand the IQ 90 and below group will learn skills through repetition -- "drill and kill" -- techniques that will bore the bejesus out of the high IQ group; and once again there is not one thing you can do about it, and all your good intentions will be for naught.

And you can insist that there is no such thing as race, but it will still be the case that when you sort by IQ, one group is going to have more people who identify themselves as black than the other.

How long do you suppose it will be before there are protests over libraries having his books?
(, Thu 22 Nov 2007, 13:08, 11 replies)
I was rejected from the police force because in my interview i had to describe a time I had faced confrontation. I detailed about how on a night out we had a knife pulled on us, and how my mate gave the would be attacker a good shoeing. I then went on to explain how i calmed my friend down from going onto the other attackers who were now fleeing leaving their mate bleeding in the gutter.

Apparently something in the above paragraph is politcally insensitive and incorrect. Try and guess what it is...
(, Thu 22 Nov 2007, 13:08, 6 replies)
epileptic offence
We recently recieved a note asking us not to have 'brainstorming sessions' as it may offend those who are epileptic or stroke victims.

Office has now spent a serious (ie £ks) restructuring its training programme to remove all references.

That's govt for you!
(, Thu 22 Nov 2007, 13:08, 6 replies)
No More Christmas
I come from Birmingham UK. There are quite a lot of people from India and Pakistan living there so Birmingham City council banned Christmas and decided that "Winterval" would be better. Even the Muslim's said it was rubbish and they actually enjoy Christmas.
(, Thu 22 Nov 2007, 13:07, 4 replies)
Bin men are now "Environmental cleansing officers" fat people are "horizontally sucessful" the anorexic are "horizontally challenged" old poeple are "chronologically successful" kids are "chronologically challanged" bald people are "follically challanged" and the unemployed are "motivationally challenged"
(, Thu 22 Nov 2007, 13:05, 5 replies)
When I was young
PC meant Police constable.
Nowadays I can't seem to tell the difference
(, Thu 22 Nov 2007, 13:00, 5 replies)
She is a air assistant... not a stewardess... wtf
(, Thu 22 Nov 2007, 12:56, 3 replies)

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