Political correctness

The persistence of “locker room talk”

Featured image I don’t think of my time at the University of Minnesota Law School from 1976 to 1979 as ancient history. My teachers and classes remain vivid in my mind. It seems like yesterday. Yet Paul’s comments on “locker room talk” among athletes at elite colleges reminds me “that was in another country, and besides, the wench is dead,” so to speak. In a sense, the seventies partake of the modern »

Another Pop Culture Dis of Political Correctness?

Featured image Further to yesterday’s post about how ABC’s “Last Man Standing” took direct aim at political correctness, I have stumbled across another promising example, CBS’s new comedy “The Great Indoors.” First of all, it stars Joel McHale, who was great in “Community,” and Stephen Fry. But its target appears to be coddled “snowflake” millennials. In fact, Fry uses the “snowflake” term to describe the foils for the show. Apparently there is »

The Cultural Canaries Say PC Liberalism is Dying

Featured image As I remarked in yesterday’s video compilation, even Hollywood has taken notice of PC absurdity. This 2 minute excerpt from Tim Allen’s new ABC sitcom “Last Man Standing” takes aim at a real “guidance” document against “microaggressions” issued last year by UCLA. The examples lampooned in this clip (like “people who work hard can get ahead”) were in fact proscribed by UCLA’s idiot administration. How long will campus liberalism want »

Have Kellogg and Other Companies Been “Dragged Into” Politics?

Featured image The Minneapolis Star Tribune reprints an article from the Washington Post under the headline “U.S. companies get dragged into a volatile political climate.” The article centers on Kellogg, which stirred outrage when it announced that it was blocking advertising on Breitbart.com because Breitbart isn’t “aligned with our values as a company.” There was a lot of pushback from conservatives, including us, but does that mean that Kellogg was “dragged into” »

Your Guide to a Trigger-Free Halloween

Featured image Richard Epstein notes the pathetic hypocrisy of Yale University’s president Peter Salovey, supposedly upholding free speech on campus while remaining silent about the shameful treatment of Nicholas and Erika Christakis, who were forced by the mob to resign their positions last year for the mere offense of suggesting people chill out about “offensive” Halloween costumes. Imagine how the Yale community will respond to this six-minute video guide to a trigger-free Halloween: »

Racism at the Yale Bowl? Hardly

Featured image Dartmouth and Yale have been playing football against one another for a long time. Last Saturday, when they played at the Yale Bowl, was the 100th meeting of the teams. (Yale broke a four-game losing streak with a 21-13 victory.) Given that long history, someone at Yale thought it would be fun to produce a program that featured a collection of vintage programs from past years. This is what it »

Sucking the Life Out of Childhood

Featured image When I was a kid, I spent my summers swimming in a lake, building rafts, manning a rowboat and zipping around in a speed boat, blowing stuff up with Zebras and cherry bombs, playing with animals of various sorts, and engaging (with zero skill) in sports and games, unsupervised by adults. Youngsters nowadays are not so fortunate. Most of them are subjected to the soul-crushing conformity of nanny-state political correctness. »

From the education apocalypse

Featured image It’s not possible to satirize the reign of political correctness on campus. Today’s satire is tomorrow’s diktat. John Leo takes note of the latest dispatch from the education apocalypse at Princeton and mischievously gets in the spirit: One of the feminists who used to write angry letters to the editor in the 1960s about sexist words such as “fireman,” “chairman,” and “mankind” has apparently come to power at Princeton and »

Diversity on the Rocks

Featured image Is it still okay to make Jewish mother jokes? If not, Woody Allen is in deep trouble, and most of his old films will need to be banned. There are two answers to this question. The diversity mongers of the identity politics left will say that it is permissible to make jokes about people who enjoy positions of power (white males, and of course Jews, because of all the old »

Russell Wilson avoids sack on alleged wedding move

Featured image Russell Wilson’s wedding planner says that the quarterback’s wedding to Ciara was originally going to take place in North Carolina but the couple opted for Paris, and when that didn’t work out, a castle in England. I wrote about this claim here. Wilson was asked today to confirm the wedding planner’s account. According to this report, Wilson responded: I’m just going to simply talk about, I just believe Jesus loves »

U. of Houston student leader punished for “All Lives Matter” post

Featured image Rohini Sethi is the student body Vice President at the University of Houston. After the assassination of five Dallas police officers at a Black Lives Matter inspired rally, she wrote on Facebook: “Forget #BlackLivesMatter; more like #AllLivesMatter.” Sethi quickly deleted the comment, but it nonetheless generated outrage. In response, Sethi issued a statement in which she called her comment “inappropriate.” She said it was an emotional response to the tragic »

Mansfield on Trump

Featured image I’ve been waiting for Harvey Mansfield to offer up his considered judgment about Donald Trump, which he does today in the Wall Street Journal. One reason for this curiosity is not just that he’s Harvey-Freakin’-Mansfield, but because I still recall his terrific takedown of Ross Perot in The New Republic back in 1992 (not available online unfortunately), and figured that there might be similiarities. Here’s an excerpt from his Perot article: »

Politically Incorrect Ad of the Year (Updated)

Featured image The good people of Canada who produce oil products from tar sands are high on the list of the left’s top environmental criminals. So it is rather delicious of Canada’s Oil Sands Community to rig up this ad for their Facebook page: Well, you can guess what happened next. All hell broke loose. From Canadian press account: “That poster was disgusting, fetishizing queer women and reducing the existence of lesbians »

Can We Take A Joke?

Featured image Further to Ralph Nader’s comments noted here yesterday that political correctness is killing comedy (Ralph Nader!), I’m delighted to see leading comedians coming together to join the attack in a new documentary, “Can We Take a Joke?” Here’s the two-minute trailer, just out yesterday: »

PC Scourge of the Week: Sexist Weather! [With Skeptical Comment by John]

Featured image This is one of those days where parody and satire are impossible. From the Washington Post: Female-named hurricanes kill more than male hurricanes because people don’t respect them, study finds People don’t take hurricanes as seriously if they have a feminine name and the consequences are deadly, finds a new groundbreaking study. Female-named storms have historically killed more because people neither consider them as risky nor take the same precautions, »

Dartmouth and double standards

Featured image In the apocalyptic satire Dr. Strangelove, President Merkin Muffley meets with his military advisors as they seek to recall a bomber on its way to dropping the big one on the Soviet Union. President Muffley invites the Soviet ambassador into the War Room to join the discussion. When fight breaks out between the Russian ambassador and General Buck Turgidson at the Pentagon, President Muffley exclaims: “Gentlemen, you can’t fight in »

Don’t Let Black Lives Matter See This Ad

Featured image The ad below for laundry detergent is currently airing in China. Less than a minute long. Just take it in and ponder how our racial sensitivity enforcers here would react. (Tom Friedman was unavailable for comment.) Not to worry: I’m sure President Trump will ban the import of this Chinese product. »