John Cleese: 'I absolutely do not subscribe to political correctness...'
I know it shouldn't be surprising that someone from Monty Python opposes political correctness, but considering how many comedians have been selling out the art of comedy, it's nice to see John Cleese taking a stand:
The idea that you have to be protected from any kind of emotion is one I absolutely do not subscribe to. If people can't control their own emotions, than they have to start trying to control other people's behavior. And when you're around super sensitive people you can't relax or be spontaneous, because you have no idea what's going to upset them next. That's why I've been warned recently, don't go to university campuses. Because political correctness has gone from being a good idea to the point where any criticism of any individual or group can be labeled as cruel.
John Cleese is right. I especially like "PC has gone from being a good idea to the point where any criticism of any individual or group can be labeled as cruel." So in that vein:
Yes, I will use any excuse to insert that GIF. I make no apologies.
Here's the bigger issue, TrigglyPuff and her ilk aside (for now). We're living in tough times. I don't say that to downplay periods in history riddled with strife. Life isn't easy. We struggle. We toil. One of humanity's greatest abilities, at least in my opinion, is our willingness to make light of heavy things. Our humor. We transform much of our relatable suffering into jokes. Laughter, as they say, is medicine.
Let's use TrigglyPuff as an example. The reason the GIF of her is so funny is her relatablity. She embodies the raging SJW left, who scream for the sake of screaming. Who demand everyone else care for them, who lack any kind of self control over their emotions. Or food intake. She encapsulated extreme leftist kookery in less than thirty seconds. With great flabby flair. Had she not wanted the attention she's receiving now, she could've sat quietly.
In short, you haven't the right to an offended-free life. You have no right to be protected from ridicule. Your feelings are your feelings. You control them. You cannot use your feelings to control other people. But that's exactly what political correctness does. It's thought and speech control. By design. If you dare think out of line, you're a racist, sexist, bigot, homophobe. You will be silenced.
Speaking of speaking out against the PC...