The radical right hates "political correctness." I can't say, for sure why; but, I suspect it has something to do with respecting minorities and the LGBT community who, in right wing world, deserve to be mocked and denigrated. But it must be a very big deal because disdain for political correctness is a frequent meme on Fox, most notably on Fox & Friends where a guest once lamented that white people can no longer use racial slurs and toss around the "n-word" in polite company. Not to be outdone, the lovely, leggy Outnumbered ladies took on the evils of political correctness on today's show. Their example of "political correctness run amuck?" Some pre-schools in Australia. And, btw, did ya know that Obama's slow response to Ebola was due to political correctness. Yeah, Fox is that desperate.
After a recording of the children's nursery rhyme "baa baa black sheep" was played, Harris Faulker reported that the lyrics to this rhyme are being changed in Australia due to concerns about the word black having racist connotations and the line about the "boy down the lane having sexist connotations. As she spoke the chyron framed the Fox message: "PC Run Amuck? Childcare Centers Suggest Baa Baa Black Sheep is Racist and Sexist."
#Oneluckyguy, the pugilistic Charlie Gasparino from Fox Business commented that "if you can outlaw the Washington Redskins, I can see going after this." He claimed that "this has been going on for years" on college campuses which are "outlawing certain words, certain descriptors." He provided no examples of this. After honing in on the Fox propaganda message, "political correctness prevents us from dealing with problems," he attacked Pres. Obama with the claim that "one of the reasons why Pres. Obama was so slow on addressing ebola [?]" was due to political correctness because Obama "didn't want to seem anti-African." (Pretty slick - Gasparino advanced Keith Ablow's claim that Obama loves Africa more than the US) Gasparino asserted that political correctness "prevents logic from taking over."
Jedidah Bila recounted how, when she was a high school "dean," performances ended up being censored because just one parent would complain. When asked if she could see "the other side," Sandra Smith recounted how "they went after" Humpty Dumpty" which seems to be a story from a 2009 Daily Mail article.
Given that the right wing wants schools to teach a revisionist history which stresses the up side of slavery and our founding as a Christian nation, Faulkner's comment, "why do we have revisionist history," was laughable. But it did elicit more right wing messaging from Gasparino who stated that "this is a concerted effort by the radical left, particularly on campuses to basically change our culture" and not just in Australia but "all over the world." He blithered about how you can't teach Huck Finn anymore because of the "n-word." Faulkner credited him with being right because "if we get too PC, we stop dealing with the issues." When Gasparino referenced the Teletubbies to say that the right gets involved with this too, somebody made the comment "this is not a left/right issue."
Uh, this is a right/right issue and that's why Fox News obsesses about
The show’s name – Outnumbered – is a reflection of Fox’s fear meme.
Well, I guess then the ditzes at “Outnumbered” should be ready to condemn the NC high school involved in this case:
From that article: A North Carolina high school has canceled its production of Almost, Maine, one of the most regularly produced plays in American high schools. Students claim that parents and local churches had complained to the school that the play featured a same-sex couple among its many characters, WSOC reports.
(and……) In a scene titled “They Fell,” which includes neither physical contact nor graphic language, two weak-kneed male buddies repeatedly fall to the ground as they fall in love with each other.
“Our faculty and staff are still in review of potential performances to be conducted by our students this fall,” wrote Rob Bliss, the school’s principal, in a statement. “At this time, no final decision has been made regarding whether and what drama performances are to be presented this fall. In regards to the request for students to perform the play Almost, Maine, careful review and consideration was given to the contents of this play. The play contained sexually-explicit overtones and multiple sexual innuendos that are not aligned with our mission and educational objectives. As principal of Maiden High School, I have an obligation to ensure that all material, including drama performances is appropriate and educationally sound for students of all ages.”
I’m sure the “good ladies” at “Outnumbered” will want to condemn the school officials who censored a play over content that the students had no problem with.