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Sunday, September 26, 2010

Political Correctness in a Nutshell.

God forgive me but this is too good not to repeat.

A couple of weeks ago Greg came over for dinner and the conversation got onto films that we‘d all recently seen. Greg had just seen (and highly recommended) the movie Precious. But it was the American tone of his beautiful summary that I wished I’d caught on video.

“Basically it’s about this horrible, fat, ugly black women……(gasps and puts had over mouth) … Oh excuse me, I meant African American.”

To our amazement, he was completely non-plussed by our laughter. So he actually wasn’t being ironic. I took pity on the lad and explained.

“That’s fine Greg, I’m sure the poor girl would much prefer to be called a horrible, fat, ugly African American than called a horrible, fat, ugly black women coz you know, the term ‘black’ can sometimes come off as offensive.”

Political correctness in a nutshell.


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