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Has Our Culture Become Too Politically Correct?

Posted by on Dec. 20, 2013 at 12:21 PM
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Example: Paglia: Duck Dynasty uproar ‘utterly fascist, utterly Stalinist’

Posted By Caroline May On 5:42 PM 12/19/2013 In | No Comments

The suspension of Phil Robertson from A&E’s Duck Dynasty is outrageous in a nation that values freedom, according to social critic and openly gay, dissident feminist Camille Paglia.

“I speak with authority here, because I was openly gay before the ‘Stonewall rebellion,’ when it cost you something to be so. And I personally feel as a libertarian that people have the right to free thought and free speech,” Paglia, a professor at the University of the Arts in Philadelphia, said on Laura Ingraham’s radio show Thursday.

“In a democratic country, people have the right to be homophobic as well as they have the right to support homosexuality — as I one hundred percent do. If people are basing their views against gays on the Bible, again they have a right of religious freedom there,” she added.

Robertson has been suspended from Duck Dynasty due to comments he made to GQ that have been deemed “anti-gay.” According to Paglia, the culture has become too politically correct.

“To express yourself in a magazine in an interview — this is the level of punitive PC, utterly fascist, utterly Stalinist, OK, that my liberal colleagues in the Democratic Party and on college campuses have supported and promoted over the last several decades,” Paglia said. “This is the whole legacy of free speech 1960’s that have been lost by my own party.”

Paglia went on to point out that while she is an atheist she respects religion and has been frustrated by the intolerance of gay activists.

“I think that this intolerance by gay activists toward the full spectrum of human beliefs is a sign of immaturity, juvenility,” Paglia said. “This is not the mark of a true intellectual life. This is why there is no cultural life now in the U.S. Why nothing is of interest coming from the major media in terms of cultural criticism. Why the graduates of the Ivy League with their A, A, A+ grades are complete cultural illiterates, etc. is because they are not being educated in any way to give respect to opposing view points.”

“There is a dialogue going on human civilization, for heaven sakes. It’s not just this monologue coming from fanatics who have displaced the religious beliefs of their parents into a political movement,” she added. “And that is what happened to feminism, and that is what happened to gay activism, a fanaticism.”

 http://dailycaller.com/2013/12/19/paglia-duck-dynasty-uproar-utterly-fascist-utterly-stalinist/


Can you think of other Examples in our Country that Demonstrates a Culture that is TOO Politically Correct? 

by on Dec. 20, 2013 at 12:21 PM
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lga1965
by on Dec. 20, 2013 at 12:28 PM
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Sure the Duck Dynasty fakes have a right .."free speech"....and A&E has the right to control the network programming.
I don't care what they do. It's a big deal about nothing.
People need to get a life. They watch too much TV. How about reading a good book that elevates your outlook and teaches something ?
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jcrew6
by Platinum Member on Dec. 20, 2013 at 12:31 PM
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That was one example of a bigger issue in our culture...  Try reading....

Quoting lga1965: Sure the Duck Dynasty fakes have a right .."free speech"....and A&E has the right to control the network programming.
I don't care what they do. It's a big deal about nothing.
People need to get a life. They watch too much TV. How about reading a good book that elevates your outlook and teaches something ?


SewingMamaLele
by Leanne on Dec. 20, 2013 at 12:37 PM
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Good read! She put into words something I've had trouble explaining. I love the point about teaching tolerance about different viewpoints, I think that is something sorely lacking in our society. I could think of a hundred additional examples, but I don't have time to list them all
jcrew6
by Platinum Member on Dec. 20, 2013 at 12:39 PM

Has the effect of political correctness  resulted in the silencing people's opinions and avoid discussing issues altogether? 

Doesn't this take away from the ability to develop a dialogue about people who are different?

FromAtoZ
by AllieCat on Dec. 20, 2013 at 12:41 PM
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This isn't just about the DD uproar.

I think, that perhaps for some, when they hold an 'unpopular' view or opinion, they might suppress them because that does not put them at the popular kids table.  Others, they shout them off the rooftops to get a reaction and/or to tell others they don't care if they are popular or not.

Whose side of the fence are you going to be on?  You damn well better pick one.  For those who may have been on this side and move to that side at some point in their lives, they are deemed hypocrites.

What a cycle we have put ourselves in.


FromAtoZ
by AllieCat on Dec. 20, 2013 at 12:42 PM
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Quoting SewingMamaLele: Good read! She put into words something I've had trouble explaining. I love the point about teaching tolerance about different viewpoints, I think that is something sorely lacking in our society. I could think of a hundred additional examples, but I don't have time to list them all

This is where I am at now.  Again.  It is so important for my youngest to understand that there is a right way, and a wrong way, when it comes to those with opposing views. 

I still find myself struggling at times, depending on the person and the view.  But if I don't make a concentrated effort I can't expect her to.

jessilin0113
by Platinum Member on Dec. 20, 2013 at 12:43 PM
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As long as people confuse "being polite" with "being politically correct", it's hard to have a discussion about it.
lizzielouaf
by Gold Member on Dec. 20, 2013 at 12:45 PM
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I do think we have become too PC but I think it's an over correction for less PC times. People say lots of things I don't care for. "We" can't say Mr. Robertson has the right to free speech but then chastize another for phrasing something in a way we don't like or we're offended by. Alec Baldwin, Bashir, Deen, Gibson, Spike Lee immediately come to mind. So if we're going to forgive certainn people for their beliefs or how they choose to express their beliefs, we must apply that across the board. Also, I now expect to be able to say whatever I want on CM without being silenced!
simplytess
by Member on Dec. 20, 2013 at 12:50 PM
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People are confusing "political correctness" with being a decent human being.

lga1965
by on Dec. 20, 2013 at 1:09 PM
to answer the question " have we become too politically correct" ?
No. People are still way too rude,self centered and selfish and they don't care who they insult. We have a long way to go.


Quoting jcrew6:

That was one example of a bigger issue in our culture...  Try reading....

Quoting lga1965: Sure the Duck Dynasty fakes have a right .."free speech"....and A&E has the right to control the network programming.

I don't care what they do. It's a big deal about nothing.

People need to get a life. They watch too much TV. How about reading a good book that elevates your outlook and teaches something ?


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